Discovering the secret world of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

Discovering the secret world of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

Discovering the secret world of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

Next week is Heath Week on the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, (29th July - 3rd August 2012) where locals and visitors can begin to discover the wealth of flora and fauna on the rare lowland heathlands. 

Among the dawn to dusk activities hosted by Clinton Devon Estates are guided mountain bike safari's, heathland and quarry walks and expeditions in search of the rare nocturnal Nightjar bird. 

The RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust, Natural England and East Devon AONB are also holding a range of events throughout the week, the details of which can be found at www.clintondevon.com

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). 

Bungy Williams, Commons Warden for the Pebblebed Heaths said: "The heaths are very special, not only for the public open space used by many hundreds of people for walking, cycling, horse riding and bird watching, but also for the great wealth of rare flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered". 

The Heath Week Family Festival Day will take place on Sunday 29th July 2012 and includes activities for all the family including wildlife walks, reptile rambles, archaeological discoveries, willow weaving and storytelling.

Click here for more information on Heath Week

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

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

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