Celebrate the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths during Heath Week

Sunday 26th July marks the start of East Devon Pebblebed Heath Week running from 26th July – 31st July 2015, a celebration of East Devon's heathland heritage.

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Celebrate the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths during Heath Week

During the week there will be a range of activities for local residents, visitors and families who are keen to discover more about the history, wildlife and landscape that make the heaths so spectacular.

A photography safari, pond dipping, orienteering, art exhibition, illustrated talks and guided walks, bike rides and expeditions in search of the rare nocturnal Nightjar bird are among the many activities hosted by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, East Devon countryside team and the RSPB.

A pre Heath Week event is being held on Saturday 25th July on Bicton Common when guests are invited to join the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust to learn about the amazing insects living on the heaths with family friendly bug hunting and other activities.

The Heath Week Family Festival Day will take place on Sunday 26 July 2015 and brings together a wealth of local organisations with plenty to interest all the family.  Guided walks, talks and wildlife rambles, art and crafts, mountain bike taster sessions with Trail Adventures and short pony rides are just some of the activities on offer.

The full list of events can be found on the Heath Week leaflet here 

The Pebblebed Heaths 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). 

Kate Ponting, Countryside Learning Officer for Clinton Devon Estates said: "Heath Week is a great opportunity to get out and about in this beautiful part of the world and learn about the variety of wildlife living in this rare habitat. The heaths are very special and enjoyed by thousands of people each year for walking, cycling, horse riding and bird watching, but also for the great variety of rare flora and fauna. There is a whole range of events taking place suitable for children, adults and whole families to get outdoors and celebrate our heathland.”

Below is a list of the Heath Week events hosted or in association with the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust:

Saturday 25th July

  • 10am – Pre Heath Week event: Bug hunt, a chance to learn about the amazing invertebrates of the Pebblebed Heaths, Bicton Common, opposite Uphams car park (SY 041 861) 

Sunday 26th July

  • 11am – 3:30pm – Family Festival Day, a fun filled day of activities celebrating the beautiful heathland landscapes of East Devon, Woodbury Castle (SY 033 873)

Monday 27th July

  • 9pm – 11pm – Nightjars at Mutter’s Moor, a search for the elusive nightjar, Mutter’s Moor car park, nr Sidmouth (SY 109 873)

Tuesday 28th July

  • 5pm – East Devon Pebblebed Heaths: A cultural history, illustrated talk with Dr Sam Bridgewater, Kennaway House, Coburg Rd, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
  • 9pm – 11pm – Nightjar hunt on East Budleigh Common, a search to see and hear this nocturnal bird, Wheathill car park (SY 041 861)

Wednesday 29th July

  • 10am – The ‘Magnificent Seven’ – a guided walk led by the Otter Valley Association, Woodbury Castle (SY 033 873)
  • 11am – 1pm – Conservation grazing, a guided walk on Bicton Common, Four Firs car park (SY 032 863)
  • 1pm – Heathland Trail Ride, a bike ride with Trail Adventures, Four Firs car park (SY 032 863)

Thursday 30th July

  • 7pm – Space for Nature: the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths’ SSI, illustrated talk with conservation manager Dr Sam Bridgewater, Rolle Estate Office, Bicton Arena, EX9 7BL

To book any of these Heath Week events please contact Kate Ponting on 01395 446918 or email [email protected]


Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

…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

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

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

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