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Beaver on the River Otter by Nick Upton /
Autumn is a bountiful time in the countryside, with hazel trees laden with cobnuts, hedgerows bursting with blackberries and blackthorn bushes bursting with sloes. When out foraging be sure to leave enough for the many species of wildlife who are fattening up for their winter hibernation. 
See if you can spot this autumn:
1. Fly agaric
2. Sloes
3. Conkers
4. Flocks of greenfinch
5. Bats (before they hibernate!)
6. Devil's-bit scabious
7. Redwing
8. Fieldfare
9. Old man’s beard
10. Yew berries
We'd love to see your countryside photos, please email us
New circular walks leading off the East Devon Way
Enjoy a guided walk around a hidden gem of a nature reserve with warm spiced apple juice & optional special offer carvery at the Hare & Hounds!

Join us for a wonderful walk around Knapp Copse nature reserve guided by the countryside team from EDDC. Enjoy warm spiced apple juice before setting off on a choice of either a short or long walk and end with an optional hearty pub lunch at AONB Ambassadors the Hare & Hounds pub who have offered our walkers a special carvery price of £7.50 (normally £10.35) and / or a complimentary tea or coffee.
  • Saturday the 24 of October
  • 10am - 1pm - choose from a 1 or a 3 hour walk 
  • Knapp Copse Local Nature Reserve, nr Hare and Hounds Pub
  • Walk number 7 on the map above
  • Dogs on leads are welcome
  • More info here
A new series of walks have been developed in partnership with Ted Swann, Bob Hewett and James Baldwin of the Ramblers Association and East Devon District Council Countryside Services. 

This event celebrates the launch of this new series of circular walks all leading off the East Devon Way. Come along to discover this route and collect copies of the leaflet showing all the other new circular walks. 
Top image fishing boat off Beer, Bright beach huts by Fran Rees, sailing boats leaving from Beer beach
Our Annual Forum
We welcomed over 70 guests to our Annual Forum  in Tipton St John.  This year the forum theme was C21st Estates with keynote speakers David Ford (National Trust) and John Varley (Clinton Devon Estates). We also presented our 2014/15 Annual Review, a summary of the activities of the AONB Partnership.
David Ford, General Manager, National Trust South and East Devon spoke about the changing way the Trust is managing over 12,000 acres of land & over 42 miles of coast across Devon. This year the Trust are celebrating 50 years of caring for the coast through their operation Neptune.  
John Varley, Clinton Devon Estates Chief Executive gave us a presentation about the challenges of running a large private estate whilst respecting centuries of history that it comes with. His presentation included a 3 minute film to give us a brief glimpse of this history.
The evening was rounded off with the presentation of our Acland Award, presented by last years' winner – Mark Godfrey from the Deer Park Hotel. This years' winner was Dave Satterley from Lower Bruckland Nature Reserve . This year the AONB judging panel chose Lower Bruckland Nature Reserve as they were impressed that one man’s enthusiasm and hard work had created lakes and an environment which encourages wildlife and is a really special place for people to enjoy.
We welcome your ideas for the subject of next years' Annual Forum
Rare bats win lottery boost

We are delighted to announce that the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, which the East Devon AONB is a founding partner, has been awarded £707,000 of support by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 
Read more here
Hedgehog Credit North East Wildlife
Autumn and winter events

From circular walks to helping a hedgehog there are plenty of events to choose from this autumn and winter, click the link above to find out more.
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