Clinton Devon Estates appoints new Nature Conservation Manager for the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths a
Clinton Devon Estates has announced the appointment of Dr Sam Bridgewater as Nature Conservation Manager for the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths (EDPH) and the River Otter Estuary.
Dr Bridgewater, who takes up his post on November 1st, will be responsible for the management of the 2,800 acres of heaths - which lie between Exeter and the Jurassic Coast - and are registered as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a European Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
As well as managing the EDPH, Dr Bridgewater will be responsible for the River Otter Estuary SSSI and provide conservation advice across the wider Clinton Devon Estates.
Dr Bridgewater, 44, who holds a BSc in Botany, an MSc in Forestry from Oxford University and a PhD in conservation biology from Edinburgh University, joins Clinton Devon Estates from the Applecross Trust in Wester Ross, Scotland, where he has project managed the £2million Applecross Landscape Partnership Scheme - conserving and promoting the natural and cultural heritage of the Applecross peninsula.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr Bridgewater said: "Although the southern heathlands have their own unique character, there are many similarities with heaths found in the north west of Scotland. My intention is to draw on my experience working with conservation partnership schemes and as a botanist to build on the excellent work that has already been done here - ensuring that the EDPH Conservation Trust and Clinton Devon Estates remain at the very forefront of nature conservation in the UK." He added: "I look forward to meeting and working closely with community and volunteer groups, wildlife enthusiasts, local councils, businesses and the military to explore and inspire new conservation projects and ideas for the future of the heaths and for the Otter Estuary."
John Varley, Estates Director for Clinton Devon Estates said: "We are extremely proud of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and, alongside the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, we work hard to ensure that this unique landscape, with its valuable flora and fauna, is conserved for generations to come. With Dr Sam Bridgewater at the helm we hope to take our approach to nature conservation to a new level - both on the heaths and across all the Estate's operations."
Dr Bridgewater replaces Senior Commons Warden Bungy Williams MBE, who retires 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. Paul Swain, who will work in Dr Bridgewater's team, is promoted to Senior Warden.
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