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East Devon Heath Week
East Devon Heath Week is an annual series of events that aim to celebrate the fantastic heathland landscape of the region. Each year it takes place at the end of July, probably the opportune time to see heathland and its wildlife at its best.
How to get involved
Heath Week offers a unique opportunity to take part in a wide range of
activities ranging from the active to the relaxed and the light-hearted
to the serious. Download the East Devon Heath Week events leaflet for more information about the events coming up.
Heath Week events linked with Devon Wildlife Trust
Heath Week Family festival day - Sun 29 July
Woodbury Castle,near Exmouth
A fun day for the whole family with walks, crafts, displays and much more at Woodbury Castle (grid ref SY 033 873), near Exmouth - follow the AA road signs. Drop in for an hour or two, or stay all day. Find out more
Heath Week Bystock Nature Reserve Open Day - Tue 31 July
11am - 3.30pm
Bystock nature reserve
Join a guided wildlife walk, get involved in children’s activities or help with the heathland management of this site. If you are staying all day bring a packed lunch. All tools will be provided, wear suitable clothing. Meet at the north entrance to the reserve at grid ref SY 030 849. Find out more
Heath Week Bats at Bystock - Wed 1 & Thu 2 August
Join Ian Chadwick, DWT Nature Reserves Officer, for a walk around Bystock nature reserve to discover which bats can be found there. Bat detectors will be provided to help identify the bats by their different calls. Uneven terrain, so stout footwear required. Don't forget your torch. Meet at the reserve’s north entrance. Booking essential call DWT on 01392 279244. Suggested donation £3. Find out more
If you would like to help introduce people to the wonders of wildlife, why not volunteer at one of these events. For further details visit our volunteers opportunity page.
What will we see?
There are specific events which will concentrate on different species that make lowland heath their home. Particular favourites are bat walks, pond dipping days and reptile hunts. One of the stars of the show is the rare Dartford warbler, (pictured right).
East Devon Heath Week is organised by the RSPB, Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.