Heathweek starts Sunday

PUBLISHED: 13:05 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:05 24 July 2013

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

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Beginning on Sunday, East Devon Pebblebed Heath Week (28th July - 3rd August 2013) will offer a range of activities for local residents and visitors who are interested in discovering the wealth of flora and fauna on the rare lowland habitat.

Among the dawn to dusk activities hosted by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, Natural England, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are family festival days, pond dipping, guided reptile walks, heathland and quarry walks and expeditions in search of the rare nocturnal Nightjar bird.

The full list of events can be found on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths leaflet on the Devon Wildlife Trust website www.devonwildlifetrust.org/i/Heath_Week_Leaflet_2013.pdf

The Pebblebed Heaths, which cover 2,800 acres and are estimated to be more than 240million years old, are owned by Clinton Devon Estates and managed by the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths ConservationTrust. The Heaths are located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and have both UK and European designations, including a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Dr Sam Bridgewater, Nature Conservation Manager for Clinton Devon Estates said: “Heath Week is a great chance for everyone to experience the beauty of the heaths and the wildlife in this rare habitat. The heaths are very special, not only for the public open space used by many hundreds of thousands of people each year for walking, cycling, horse riding and bird watching, but also for the great variety of rare flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered for those who know where to look”.

The Heath Week Family Festival Day will take place on Sunday 28th July 2013 and includes activities for all the family including wildlife walks, reptile rambles, archaeological discoveries, willow weaving and storytelling.

To book any of the Heath Week events run by Clinton Devon Estates please contact the office team on 01395 443881

Below is a list of some of the Heath Week 2013 events:

Sunday 28th July: 11am-3:30pm - East Devon Heath Week Family Festival Day, Woodbury Castle near Exmouth.

Monday 29th July: 10am-12noon - Pond Dipping, Aylesbeare Common, Joney’s Cross Car Park, A3052 near Newton Poppleford, 2pm-4:30pm - Venn Ottery Reserve Open Day, 6.30pm-8.30pm – Woodbury Common, Past, Present and Future, Woodbury Castle car park, 9:30pm -10:30pm – Nightjars at Mutter’s Moor, Mutter’s Moor car park near Sidmouth (Booking only 01395 443881)

Tuesday 30th July: 9am – 11am - Reptile Ramble, Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve (book on 01395 517557), 11am – 4pm - Bystock Nature Reserve Discovery Day (For information call: 01392 279244), 10am – 12:30pm - Heath WeekWild Family Fun, Offwell Woodland Education Centre, 8:30pm – 11pm - Nightjar Hunt, the Commons, Wheathill car park, fire point 4 (Booking only 01395 443881).

Wednesday 31st July: 9am-11am - Reptile Ramble, Fire Beacon Hill Local Nature Reserve (Booking only 01395 517557), 10am – 12:30pm – Heather and a lot more! Aylesbeare, 10am-3:00pm - Meet the Royal Marines, Woodbury Castle car park , 10am – 4pm - RSPB Aylesbeare Practical Day, For details contact RSPB 01392 432691, 6:30pm-8:30pm – The hidden beauty of Woodbury, Woodbury Castle Car Park (Booking only 01395 443881), 9pm – 11pm - Glow-worms, bats and nightjars, Bystock Pools Reserve.

Thursday 1st August: 10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm - Heathland and Quarry Walks, Blackhill Quarry near Woodbury (Booking only 01392 432691), 10am – 1pm - Best of the Blackdowns, Blackdown and Sampford commons (Booking only: RSPB 01392 432691), 9pm – 11pm - Glow-worms, bats and nightjars - Bystock Pools Reserve (Booking only DWT 01392 279244)

Friday 2nd August: 6:30am-11pm – RSPB Dawn to Dusk Day, Joney’s Cross car park near Newton Poppleford

Saturday 3rd August: 9:30am – 5.00pm - Photographing the Heathland Landscape, Woodbury Common and the Rolle Estate Office, East Budleigh

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