Residents and visitors are asked to share their views on proposals to enhance their experience and protect the wildlife at the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, locally known as Woodbury Common.
The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust (EDPHCT) together with the South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee (SEDHREC) published an advisory report which makes proposals for improving visitor experiences on the heaths while at the same time protecting this important conservation area.
Suggestions in the report include:
Cllr Susie Bond, Chair of SEDHREC and Deputy Leader of East Devon District Council, said:
“This advisory report has explored in great detail ways to improve access to the heaths, so more people can enjoy them in the future.
“With a growing population, visitor numbers are likely to increase, so we must balance this with new ways to care for this highly sensitive area.
“I encourage people to review the proposals and provide comments. All views will be taken into account before decisions are made by SEDHREC next year.”
Dr Sam Bridgewater, Head of Wildlife and Conservation for Clinton Devon Estates, said:
“The heaths are amongst East Devon’s most cherished landscapes providing recreational opportunities for those living in the local area. The recommendations within this report aim to maintain the much-loved character of the site, protect its habitats and wildlife and make it a safer and more rewarding place to visit.
“We hope those who visit and enjoy the heaths will take up this opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals.”
The consultation will run for six-weeks from 23 September 2019 until 5pm on 4th November 2019.
People can get involved in the following ways:
Notes to editors
South East Devon Habitat Regulations Executive Committee is made up of one executive member from each of East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council, with representation from Natural England. The partnership works with a number of partners including the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust (PHCT), RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and others.
The report was commissioned by South East Devon Habitats Regulation Partnership (SEDHRP) and any improvement work would initially be funded by SEDHRP.
Link to report:
Link to consultation: