News from the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Merry Fishmas from the AONB Team

Petroc Students’ Designs Reduce Plastic Waste on our Beaches

The AONB team are delighted that nearly all the jute shopping bags produced to reduce plastic bag use in Westward Ho! have now been distributed. The winning designs from Petroc students Jenny Herbert and Maxine Heard have made them very popular, with distribution through local schools, shops, events, the Happy Café and Petroc.
Photo Caption: Kim Jones, Petroc programme manager for the Foundation Degree in Illustration, with student Jenny Herbert with her surfboard design and Projects Officer Dave Edgcombe.

Sustainable Development Fund

Partnership Members have allocated a further £8,580 of grants from the Sustainable Development Fund towards 6 local projects to meet AONB Management Plan priorities. These include:- Tarka Country Trust for their ‘Life on the Verge – Biosphere’ project; Combe Martin Museum for a new digital microscope and display screen; Eos Cycling Holidays for a Devon family cycling guide including the AONB; Coastwise North Devon for a microscope and camera to photograph and film microscopic creatures; Northam Burrows Country Park for welcome signs at Westward Ho! and North Devon Archaeological Society for a geophysical survey of Clovelly Dykes’ Southern Extension.  More.

Power Lines Removed 

Completion of a £70,000 initiative to place power lines underground and remove poles has enhanced the landscape near the village of Croyde. 
In a joint initiative between Western Power Distribution (WPD) and the North Devon Coast AONB and in partnership with Georgeham Parish Council, local landowners, Devon County Council Highways and BT, over 500 metres of overhead line has been removed and replaced with underground cables, to restore the beauty of the area. More.

Coastal Creatures Update

Our two year Coastal Creatures focuses on the on the diverse marine and coastal natural heritage of the North Devon Coast AONB and as part of this project we are working with schools, colleges and community groups to help us survey species found along the coast. An information pack of activities and workshops is now available to download from our website. Some of these activities focus on ecological surveying and others on Learning in the Natural Environment including rock pooling and beach cleans. The ultimate goal of these trips is to get your group out to raise awareness about the incredible diversity which the north Devon coast has to offer. Please feel free to get in touch if with Cat at if you would like to inquire about a trip or if you have any questions. Download a Pack
Tesco Bags of Help
As part of the Coastal Creatures project we are proud to be funded by Tesco Bags of Help. As a consequence, when visiting Tesco stores around North Devon, you may see this photo of our wonderful beach clean volunteers. With this funding we were able to remove 90 bags of marine litter at our most recent beach clean at Cockington Mouth (pictured below). 60 of the 90 bags collected were removed by boat with help from Skern Lodge, and were included in a marine litter recycling trial established by Keep Britain Tidy. Thanks to the National Trust, Surfers Against Sewage and Northam Burrows Country Park for help with this clean. We are very grateful to Tesco Bags of Help and all our amazing volunteers for keeping the North Devon Coast AONB outstandingly beautiful.

Spot the difference! Cockington Mouth Beach before and after the clean!

What's On in the AONB?

17th December Beach Clean
19th January Coastwise Talk
26th January Photographing Marine Animals
27th January AONB Partnership meeting
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