Grey phalarope on the Otter Estuary
27 Oct 2014
Arctic-breeding wader spotted on the Otter Estuary. READ MORE
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Annual Himalayan balsam review
27 Oct 2014
Staff of Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust and local community groups dedicated to controlling Himalayan balsam in and around the Otter Valley met up last Thursday in the Otter Inn to discuss the achievements of the past year. READ MORE
Himalayan Balsam Annual Review
23 Oct 2014 - 6:00 PM
Staff of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Clinton Devon Estates and community groups from a number of villages who have been active trying to eradicate balsam during the summer 2014 will be meeting up on Thursday 23rd October in the Otter Inn, Colaton Raleigh, to celebrate their achievements of the year, pool their collective knowledge and strategise for the coming year. For more information please contact us via the Contact page. READ MORE
Welcome to the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and the website of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust. We are a conservation charity established by Clinton Devon Estates in 2006 to manage the core area of this unique wildlife habitat situated close to Exeter. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area, this area represents one of the most important conservation sites in Europe.
The aims of the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust are to fulfil the legal national and European obligations of Clinton Devon Estates to ensure this threatened ecosystem is protected, to ensure all wildlife associated with the heathland flourishes, to protect public access, encourage responsible public enjoyment of the heaths and promote environmental education. Without careful management, heathland can deteriorate into scrub, and this valuable open habitat with its rare animal and plant life would be lost.
The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust employs full-time wardens to look after the heaths and monitor its wildlife, with annual work undertaken including species surveys, scrub and bracken clearance, controlled burns, maintaining paths for walkers and conservation grazing. All activities seek to maximise the wildlife and public value of the site. Conservation volunteers play an important role in assisting us to do this. We hope you enjoy visiting this website and finding our more about the cultural history and wildlife of the heaths and its past, current and future management.
For an October update on the beavers on the River Otter, please click here! To see Clinton Devon Estate's Position Statement on beavers, please click here.