Wildlife & Plants

Policy: To conserve and enhance the wildlife habitats and species of the AONB

The North Devon Coast AONB is enhanced by its rich and varied wildlife and is an essential element of its natural beauty. In spring, woods full of bluebells and hedgerow primroses are spectacular but for those who care to explore further, there are numerous rare and protected species and sites.

Four key species identified in the Devon Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) are found in the AONB - lichens, pearl border fritillary butterflies, Greater Horseshoe Bats and pink seafans in the adjacent coastal waters of our Marine Conservation Zones. Species in decline include hedgehogs, water voles and the European eel.

The AONB has a plethora of designations which protect this precious resource, the most important of which are the two Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). Braunton Burrows has a spectacular dune system with over 400 plant species and is the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Tintagel-Marsland-Clovelly Coast SAC is home to western oak woodlands, vegetated sea cliffs and coastal heath. Small and precious fragments of Culm grassland survive in the Hartland Peninsula. There are 13 Sites of Special Scientific Interest covering biodiversity and geology that are partly or wholly in the AONB.

Wildlife links

State of the AONB - 2014 - 2018 - Biodiversity indicators

Coastal Creatures Project
Devon Biodiversity Records Centre
Bat Conservation Trust
Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project
Orchard Location Maps
Marsland Nature Reserve
Chapel Wood RSPB Reserve
Northam Burrows Country Park
OPAL Guide to Wildlife Identification
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
British Lichen Society
The Woodland Trust
North Devon AONB (Torridge) survey 2004 (report)


Sand Dunes
Rocky foreshore
Coastal Heathland
Culm Grassland
Coastal Oak Woodland




National Trust Rockpool Ramble - Combesgate

1st July 2019, 10:15 — 29th July 2019, 12:00
more events >