Clinton Devon Estates launch web video in search for Nature Conservation Manager

Clinton Devon Estates launch web video in search for Nature Conservation Manager

Clinton Devon Estates launch web video in search for Nature Conservation Manager

Clinton Devon Estates has launched a short web video in its search for a Nature Conservation Manager who will be responsible for the future management of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.  

The post has become available as the current manager Bungy Williams MBE prepares to retire later this year after beginning his career training as a Royal Marine on the heaths and later joining Clinton Devon Estates in 1989 as the first full-time Commons Warden. 

The two minute film gives an overview of the unique features of the commons which lie between Exeter and the Jurassic coast and are estimated to be more than 240million years old. It also gives details of the work involved in managing the 2,800 acres, which are registered as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a European Special Protection Area. 

Among the duties included in the job description for the Nature Conservation Manger is the development of a large scale habitat restoration project at the Pebblebed Heaths SSSI and the management of the nearby River Otter Estuary SSSI.

Other key elements of the job will be to enhance local and national stakeholder engagement and to develop innovative ways of working with volunteers, as well as sourcing new funding for ongoing projects.  

The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths are located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 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).      

-        After leaving school at the age of 16 in 1965, Bungy Williams began his career as a Royal Marine in 1965, training on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.

-        He joined Clinton Devon Estates as Commons Warden in 1989

-        On 1st November 2004, Bungy Williams received an MBE for his services to the environment 

Bungy's citation for his MBE includes the following:

Mr. Williams is one of the most respected conservation practitioners of lowland heaths management in the United Kingdom, if not Europe.  Over the past 13 years as commons warden for Clinton Devon Estates, he has transformed the 2,800 acres of scarce heathland that form part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths from a scrubby, unprotected area into a site recognized by English Nature as a "beacon of excellence".

The site is now designated not only a Site of Special Scientific Interest, but also a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.

"His leadership and practical, but innovative, hands-on approach have resulted in the restoration and re-creation of hundreds of acres of heathland and improvements in habitat which have delivered exceptional wildlife gains....

 "Mr. Williams has introduced significant innovations, including transforming the way habitats and species are managed.  As a retired Royal Marine Warrant Officer, he has been extremely successful in ensuring an effective liaison with the Commando Training Centre which uses the area for training, successfully managing the potential tensions between conserving the environment and the needs of military training.  He has also been an effective ambassador the heathland by giving presentations to local people and leading visits......"

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299