Partners celebrate 21 years of Heath Week.

Partners prepare a week of special events to celebrate this year’s twenty-first Heath Week.

The East Devon District Council Countryside Team, in partnership with the RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, launch a week of special events to celebrate this year’s twenty-first Heath Week. Sunday 23 July to Saturday 29 July, 2017, Devon.

Toby Taylor, RSPB Site Manager of Aylesbeare Nature Reserve, said:

July sees the twenty-first anniversary of Heath Week - seven days of exciting events organised by the partner organisations. These exciting events for all the family will celebrate and share East Devon’s glorious heathland with both locals and visitors from further afield.

Full details of all Heath Week events can be found online:http://www.heathweek.org/events and on the Heath Week Facebook page. Pre-booking is required for many of the events

Toby continued:

Come and join us for a jam-packed week of interesting things to do on the East Devon heaths, offering breathtaking views, lots of fresh air and an opportunity to get away from it all.

The East Devon heaths are Devon’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and are managed by conservation partners. This year’s Heath Week has kindly been sponsored by Aggregate Industries.

Aylesbeare common has been managed by the RSPB since the mid 1970’s, it is leased from Clinton Devon Estates and is home to many rare kinds of wildlife, including the iridescent blue southern damselfly, nightjar, Dartford warbler and four of the UK’s six species of reptile.

Elle Taylor, Information and Events officer at East Devon District Council Countryside team said:

Heath Week is a fantastic celebration of the beautiful heaths found in East Devon.

As ever the events programme caters for all ages and interests and we are delighted that this year’s programme includes some old favourites as well as new events including, an introduction to Tai Chi, a guided dog walk and a Little One’s Wild Walk.

As a partnership project, Heath Week is a great example of how working together can encourage people to explore their natural environment.

For more information on the work of the Countryside team, and upcoming events visit wildeastdevon.co.uk. The team can be contacted via email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or telephone: 01395 517557.