Thursday, 19 July 2012

East Devon Heath Week

Above right: The silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebeius argus) is one of the wildlife  jewels of East Devon heathland.  Photo credit: Olaf Leillinger

Bats at Bystock, Dartford Warblers, Reptile Rambles... They're all part of East Devon Heath Week along with many other attractions in an annual series of events that aim to celebrate the fantastic heathland landscape of the region.

Above: Woodbury Common's heathland, a peaceful haven for wildlife

Each year the Heath Week takes place at the end of July, when Woodbury Common and its wildlife are at their best.

Not a snake but a harmless and beautiful sloe worm
Photo credit: Devon Clinton Estates

Heath Week offers a unique opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities ranging from the active to the relaxed and the light-hearted to the serious. The fun starts on Sunday 29 July 11.00 am at Woodbury Castle.

Download the East Devon Heath Week events leaflet for more information about what's on offer.

A Dartford warbler
Photo credit: Peter Beesley

There are specific events which will concentrate on different species that make lowland heath their home. Particular favourites are bat walks, pond dipping days and reptile hunts. One of the stars of the show is the rare Dartford warbler, shown above.
East Devon Heath Week is organised by the RSPB, Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Click on East Devon Heath Week events leaflet to find out more

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