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Fields of hay by Karen Whittaker

Summer is here..

Beaver on the River Otter by Nick Upton / Naturepl.com
Beavers in the Otter River
You may have heard the news that the first colony of wild beavers to inhabit an English river for around 400 years has had young (kits). England’s only breeding population of wild beavers are being allowed to remain in the wild on the River Otter after the announcement on 28 January by Natural England granting DWT a five-year monitoring licence. Read more here
The fields are bursting with crops and the air is alive with bees & butterflies which we all love and visitors come to to relax in our pleasant landscapes with unspoilt views, but did you know the natural beauty of our area is the result of generations of hard work by farmers and foresters? We'd like to support those who keep the landscape that way and there is good news; a scheme called Countryside Stewardship provides financial incentives for land managers to look after their environment while encouraging wildlife. The scheme is open to all eligible farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers. Read more here.
Cycling is a fantastic way to explore the East Devon AONB, there are miles of National Cycle Network across it, plus many circular routes and a jolly circular day trip along the estuary. Cycling is for everyone, it gives you a chance to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the unspoilt beauty of the area, look at wildlife and take in the view all at a slower pace. Or of course cycling can be for fitness and thrills for intrepid off roaders - we have some stunning places for you all. Have a look at our web page for the routes and top local tips  
Top image fishing boat off Beer, Bright beach huts by Fran Rees, sailing boats leaving from Beer beach
News from the team 
The team is settling in nicely to their new offices at Kennaway House, we quite like being close to the sea, our visitors have all admired the view over the tennis courts to the hills of AONB surrounding Sidmouth from our new office window. Like many organisations we have had to make some cuts, the move was one and the team size is another, but we strive to bring you the same high quality advice, guidance & information you have come to expect. We are having to adapt to a more streamlined way of working, this has meant our time, particularly for events, communications & web work, has been reduced, so please bear with us.

Which brings us nicely on to finding new ways to keep this outstanding area high on the agenda so locals and visitors alike can find out all the very latest news about the AONB. With your help we would like to explore new opportunities for you to get involved. Perhaps you would like to borrow our event kit for displaying at your fete, village show or event, or perhaps sponsoring & co-branding signs, hosting fundraising events to using our logo on your local produce and web sites to raise the profile of the area and the AONB.
We welcome your ideas for supporting the AONB
Summer nights
Although we all love light evenings it does mean that our bats are only venturing out to feed as we begin to think about going to bed. These short nights mean that feeding is a frenzy as it has to be done in a few hours. This is also the time of the year that baby bats are born, generally it is thought that baby bats are born around mid-summers day, but this year with a cold spring and so fewer flying insects to feed on the embryos will have not developed as quickly so their birthday is likely to nearer July. Once the single pup is born the mother bat feeds it milk until it is strong enough to fly and hunt for itself. For the whole calendar of life see A year in the life of a bat
Or to see Greater Horseshoe Bats live in their roost visit www.devonbatproject.org.
Honiton Show 2014 by Karen Whittaker
Fetes, shows and summer events
Summer is packed with events we have a few listed on our web site more countryside events are listed here, the country fairs in East Devon including Honiton Show on 6th August, Southleigh Summer Fair on Wednesday 13 August, Sidmouth Folk Week July 31 - August 7th, Sidbury Summer Fair Week September 12th - 20th, Horticultural Show, Fun run & Walk, Hot Pennies, Sidbury Fair Day, Harvest Festival & Equestrian Pleasure Ride.
Date for your diary
AONB Annual Forum - Tipton St John – 30 September (7-9pm) Further details shortly. 
If you know of any East Devon events we have missed or an event you would like featured on our web site please get in touch.
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