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Devon County Access Forum is looking for membersDevon County Access Forum is looking for members

Devon County Access Forum is appointing new members and would love to hear from people interested improving public access to land for outdoor recreation and enj...
( Last Updated: 17-01-2018 )

Give us some wellyGive us some welly

Spend time in the Blackdown Hills and you'll know Wellington boots and waterproofs are must-have items! We want as many people to enjoy the area as possible...
( Last Updated: 16-01-2018 )

Carol singing at Wellington Monument – Friday 8 DecemberCarol singing at Wellington Monument – Friday 8 December

 Update: 7 December 2017We're very much looking forward to the Carols at the Wellington Monument tomorrow evening. We may even get a light dusting of s...
( Last Updated: 07-12-2017 )

New project to support native crayfish in the Blackdown Hills AONBNew project to support native crayfish in the Blackdown Hills AONB

Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership (AONB) is embarking on a new project which will help communities around the River Culm learn ...
( Last Updated: 22-11-2017 )

The repair revolution – a repair cafe for the Blackdown HillsThe repair revolution – a repair cafe for the Blackdown Hills

"I'm sorry, sir/madam, it's not worth repairing; it would be cheaper to buy a new one." How many times have you heard that phrase, I wonde...
( Last Updated: 22-11-2017 )

New conservation group at Otterhead LakesNew conservation group at Otterhead Lakes

A regular group undertaking conservation activities at Otterhead Lakes has been set up to support people less able to access physical outdoor tasks. Working i...
( Last Updated: 22-11-2017 )

Chard Memory Café art exhibition inspired by the local landscapeChard Memory Café art exhibition inspired by the local landscape

Members of Chard Memory Café have created an exhibition of autumnal art inspired by the Blackdown Hills countryside, which is now on display at Ferne Ani...
( Last Updated: 22-11-2017 )

Autumn newsletter 2017Autumn newsletter 2017

Read the latest news from Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project in our newsletter  ...
( Last Updated: 18-10-2017 )

Children’s art exhibition celebrating the natural beauty of the Blackdown HillsChildren’s art exhibition celebrating the natural beauty of the Blackdown Hills

 An exhibition of children’s artwork based on the habitats and species of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is to be held this a...
( Last Updated: 17-11-2017 )

Blackdown Hills AONB welcomes new managerBlackdown Hills AONB welcomes new manager

Tim Youngs has taken the up his post as the manager of Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Tim has more than 20 years’ experi...
( Last Updated: 17-11-2017 )

Going wild with Blackdown Hills Natural FuturesGoing wild with Blackdown Hills Natural Futures

A wild time was had by all at Blackdown Hills Natural Futures’ Wildlife Discovery Day.  Nearly 500 people came along to Forde Abbey, near Chard, t...
( Last Updated: 20-06-2017 )

Embrace the darkness – an evening of astronomical adventureEmbrace the darkness – an evening of astronomical adventure

One of the qualities that make the Blackdown Hills AONB such a special place are the dark, star-filled skies. According to a recent study Blackdown Hills is the...
( Last Updated: 26-04-2017 )

Blackdown Hills AONB spring newsletterBlackdown Hills AONB spring newsletter

Read the latest from Blackdown Hills AONB… Enjoy and learn about art inspired by our beautiful landscape at A Fragile Beauty exhibition at the Museum ...
( Last Updated: 18-04-2017 )

New volunteer coordinator for Somerset’s AONBsNew volunteer coordinator for Somerset’s AONBs

The Blackdown Hills AONB has welcomed a new volunteer co-ordinator to its team for a day each week. Sammy Fraser will be working across Somerset’s t...
( Last Updated: 11-04-2017 )

Naturally Healthy Month – MayNaturally Healthy Month – May

Getting outdoors in the natural world is good fun and great for our health. Naturally Healthy Month inspires us all to enjoy and benefit from our fantastic ...
( Last Updated: 12-04-2017 )

Painting a picture of the Blackdown HillsPainting a picture of the Blackdown Hills

 This spring, an exhibition of the work of the Camden Town Group, a circle of artists known for their paintings of the Blackdown Hills, is taking place a...
( Last Updated: 12-01-2018 )

Blackdown Hills AONB Management Group Meeting

If you’re interested in the work of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and would like to find out more, why not come along to...
( Last Updated: 01-11-2016 )

UK first as rare black dormouse is foundUK first as rare black dormouse is found

We are very excited to have discovered a rare black dormouse right here in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the only black dormouse...
( Last Updated: 03-10-2016 )

Making the most of the dark skies in Blackdown Hills AONBMaking the most of the dark skies in Blackdown Hills AONB

The dark, star-filled skies contrasting with the brightness of the surrounding towns is one of the qualities that make the Blackdown Hills AONB such a special p...
( Last Updated: 20-09-2016 )

Blackdown rambles scrambles and gambolsBlackdown rambles scrambles and gambols

Whether you’re on two feet, two wheels or four hooves, there are ample routes to explore and enjoy the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ...
( Last Updated: 19-09-2016 )

Outstanding WeekOutstanding Week

  17 to 24 September 2016 Outstanding Week starts this Saturday. It is an opportunity to explore and enjoy Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A...
( Last Updated: 14-09-2016 )

Summer newsletterSummer newsletter

Find out the latest from the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in our summer newsletter Click here to subscribe to our newsletters and we&...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Blackdown Bliss – savouring summer with a celebratory ice creamBlackdown Bliss – savouring summer with a celebratory ice cream

Otter Valley Ice Cream is helping the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to celebrate its 25th anniversary through the sale of Blackdown ...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Local luminaries receive national award for service to the AONBLocal luminaries receive national award for service to the AONB

 Blackdown Hills’ residents, Heather Stallard and David Allen, have been honoured with Landscapes for Life awards for long-standing service to the ...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Blackdown Hills celebrates 25 years as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)Blackdown Hills celebrates 25 years as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

On Sunday there were celebrations to mark 25 years since the Blackdown Hills area was designated as a protected landscape. A tea party was held at The Candlel...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Blackdown Beauty a beautiful beer for a beautiful placeBlackdown Beauty a beautiful beer for a beautiful place

To celebrate the Blackdown Hills’ 25th anniversary as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a special guest beer from Otter Brewery, Blackdo...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Tender is the night – New interactive map shows England’s night skies under threatTender is the night – New interactive map shows England’s night skies under threat

The most detailed ever satellite maps of England's light pollution and dark skies have shown the Blackdown Hills as the fifth darkest Area of Outstanding ...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Have you seen this butterflyHave you seen this butterfly

Local farming and conservation organisations in the Blackdown Hills are calling on landowners and smallholders to check their land for a fugitive - one of the...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

New programme for RAF Culmhead

The important historic remains of RAF Culmhead at Trickey Warren are to be better managed and recorded thanks to a new Heritage Environment Programme on the...
( Last Updated: 13-07-2015 )

Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Filming Contract

Invitation to tender - Blackdown Hills Natural Futures filming work - The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is seeking a con...
( Last Updated: 19-02-2015 )

Community engagement contract invitation to tender

 We are currently inviting tenders for a community engagement contract as part of the Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project (BHNF), a three year communit...
( Last Updated: 28-01-2015 )

New community wildlife project

Blackdown Hills Natural Futures, a major new community wildlife project, has been awarded £246,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The announcement mean...
( Last Updated: 21-10-2014 )

Blackdown Hills Trust contract brief available

The Blackdown Hills Trust, an independent organisation, now requires a contractor to act as an independent forest grazing coordinator to provide project managem...
( Last Updated: 09-12-2013 )

Teacher praises Dunkeswell War Stories

A Devon teacher has described how an innovative multi-media project has transformed her pupils' understanding of the Second World War, and created lessons f...
( Last Updated: 11-11-2013 )

Invitation to tender for community engagement contract

We are currently inviting tenders for a community engagement contract as part of the development of our Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project, supported by th...
( Last Updated: 07-10-2013 )

Dunkeswell War Stories DVD now on sale

A new film, which paints a moving and fascinating picture of a Blackdown Hills community during the Second World War, has gone on sale.Dunkeswell War ...
( Last Updated: 30-09-2013 )

Urgent Help Needed for Butterfly Conservation

We are urgently looking for help at Mount Fancy Farm Butterfly reserve this coming Tuesday and Wednesday 20th and 21st, to move the timber stacks from the ...
( Last Updated: 19-08-2013 )

Carry Out Your Own Butterfly SurveyCarry Out Your Own Butterfly Survey

Did you know you can monitor and record butterflies quite easily?  If you can spare a bit of time to do this, you will be making a valuable contri...
( Last Updated: 28-06-2013 )

Volunteers Needed for Balsam PullingVolunteers Needed for Balsam Pulling

 It is now the time of the year when we need volunteers to help remove and stack Himalayan Balsam in various locations on the Blackdown Hills AONB.   ...
( Last Updated: 20-06-2013 )

Latest AONB Volunteering NewsLatest AONB Volunteering News

Get outside, get fit, make friends and help improve and conserve the beautiful habitats of the Blackdown Hills AONB.  Regular volunteering opportunities ar...
( Last Updated: 15-03-2013 )

Do you have survey skillsDo you have survey skills

Devon Wildlife Trust would love to hear from volunteers with survey skills who would be willing to go out to survey their reserves.  They are par...
( Last Updated: 08-03-2013 )

Get involved in the Big Butterfly Count and Moth NightGet involved in the Big Butterfly Count and Moth Night

 Do your bit for the environment and learn more about the moths and butterflies where you live by getting involved with the Big Butterfly Count and/or Moth...
( Last Updated: 08-03-2013 )

Stockland Turbaries New Website

Take a look at the new Stockland Turbaries website http://www.stockland.org.uk/turbariesFind out the latest news and information about this unique part of ...
( Last Updated: 07-03-2013 )

Join the Wildside Experience as a Volunteer

Join the Wildside Experience at Seville's Croft near Hemyock any day of the week except Sundays as a volunteer - you will be made to feel very welcome. &nbs...
( Last Updated: 22-02-2013 )

Discover the Forest near Taunton with Wild Learning

Wild Learning is a project being run under the banner of an exciting new Social Enterprise called Neroche Woodlanders.  It is being run by a friendly...
( Last Updated: 18-02-2013 )

Volunteers Help Out at Horner HillVolunteers Help Out at Horner Hill

The Stockland Turbary Committee would like to say a big thank you to the all the willing volunteers who turned out on 30th January to help with the clearing wor...
( Last Updated: 15-02-2013 )

Training for Volunteer English Heritage Monument WardensTraining for Volunteer English Heritage Monument Wardens

 An introductory training event for volunteers in November 2012 was led by the Blackdown Hills AONB Manager Linda Bennett, Charlotte Russell from Engl...
( Last Updated: 15-02-2013 )

Volunteer Leadership Training at Neroche

As part of a move towards securing the future for the Neroche Conservation Volunteers group, a number of volunteers have offered to train as volunteer leaders, ...
( Last Updated: 02-11-2012 )

Young Wood Open Days Neroche Forest

We would like to invite you to Young Wood, in the Neroche Forest near Staple Fitzpaine, for our Open Days on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October.  Young ...
( Last Updated: 12-10-2012 )

Countryside Volunteering Hub LaunchedCountryside Volunteering Hub Launched

       A wide rang of organisations are working together to promote countryside volunteering on the Blackdown Hills.  &n...
( Last Updated: 12-10-2012 )

Butterflies Bonfires and Baked PotatoesButterflies Bonfires and Baked Potatoes

Butterfly Conservation are starting up their autumn/winter conservation management work at Mount Fancy Farm Reserve near Staple Hill.  They are looking for...
( Last Updated: 21-09-2012 )

Discovery Days Help You to Explore the Blackdown HillsDiscovery Days Help You to Explore the Blackdown Hills

As part of the Force for Nature project, some of the Neroche Conservation Volunteers are becoming involved in the planning and running of twelve Discovery Days ...
( Last Updated: 13-08-2012 )

Farm fun for under fives this May bank holiday

 Young families can experience life on a working farm and meet the springtime babies at a special event near Taunton this May bank holiday.Farmers Nick and...
( Last Updated: 25-04-2012 )

CANCELLED – Carols under the Stars

DUE TO THE SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST, 'CAROLS UNDER THE STARS' AT QUARTS MOOR ON FRIDAY 17 DECEMBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED ...
( Last Updated: 16-12-2010 )

Explore the night sky at Chardstock stargazing event

An event in Chardstock in South Somerset next week will explore the night sky over the Blackdown Hills. The area was named earlier this year along with Exmoor N...
( Last Updated: 20-10-2010 )

Cycle fun to launch cycle routes in Wellington on 5 September

A new series of cycling routes in the Blackdown Hills will be launched with a fun cycling event in Wellington next Sunday.Vintage bicycle enthusiasts Taunton Tw...
( Last Updated: 31-08-2010 )

Green energy conference announced for Blackdowns

The Blackdown Hills AONB has announced that it will be holding a conference on renewable energy in September.Download the conference programmeThe AONB has commi...
( Last Updated: 20-08-2010 )

First Blackdowns Woodland Fair a great day out!

The first Blackdowns Woodland Fair, held on Saturday 3 July, was a great success.  Fair-goers were treated to a wealth of woody attractions in a stunning l...
( Last Updated: 08-07-2010 )

Blackdowns Woodland Fair Saturday 3rd July!

Click on the image below for a larger version (requires Adobe Reader)...
( Last Updated: 30-06-2010 )

Co–ordinator needed for Blackdown Hills Community Plan

The search is on for somebody who can help thousands of people living in the Blackdown Hills to speak with one voice.  The Blackdown Hills Parishes Network...
( Last Updated: 30-06-2010 )

Blackdowns Potter goes Donkey Mad!

Blackdown Hills potter, Nicola Werner, has branched out into the unlikely world of painting a full size donkey model for a Donkey Parade to publicise the reopen...
( Last Updated: 22-06-2010 )

Free Making it Local Funding Workshops

Making it Local are holding 2 free ‘pre-application' workshops for anyone wishing to apply for funding. If you are a small business or community ...
( Last Updated: 07-06-2010 )

There’s a good dog – on a lead!

Now is a great time to get out and enjoy the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many people will particularly enjoy walking their dogs. ...
( Last Updated: 20-05-2010 )

New Woodland Fair coming to the Blackdowns

An exciting new event in the Blackdown Hills will be held on Saturday 3rd of July 2010.  The Blackdowns Woodland Fair is an aimed at all the family, a...
( Last Updated: 17-05-2010 )

Tour of Britain to Race through the Blackdowns

Once more the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is gearing up to welcome the Tour of Britain, Britain's premier cycle race, and not just fo...
( Last Updated: 11-05-2010 )

Estonians Making it Local in the Blackdown Hills AONB

Members of an Estonian Local Action Group, the West Estonian Islands Partnership, have visited the UK this week and to find out more about the work of Making it...
( Last Updated: 01-04-2010 )

AONB Funds High Nature Value Farmland Project

The Blackdown Hills AONB has welcomed the opportunity to become involved in a case study that aims to identify High Nature Value (HNV) farmland in Devon.Many&nb...
( Last Updated: 19-03-2010 )

New AONB Spring – Summer 2010 Countryside Events

The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is delighted to present its latest programme of events.  The Countryside Events programme&...
( Last Updated: 16-03-2010 )

Muck in4Life and become a Wildlife Conservation Volunteer

East Devon District Council's Countryside Team has become a major partner in the Government's exciting new environmental volunteering campaign  - M...
( Last Updated: 04-02-2010 )

Blackdown Hills AONB joins Battle for Biodiversity

2010 has been designated International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) by the United Nations.  Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth.  The health of...
( Last Updated: 18-01-2010 )

SDF Funds ’Make Hay While the Sun Shines’

Make Hay While the Sun Shines & other stories from Hemyock, is a new book by Brian Clist who has lived and worked all his life in the village.&nbs...
( Last Updated: 17-12-2009 )

AONB to benefit from new off–road cycling project 1SW

The South West is set to become a world class destination for off-road cycling.  A total of £7.5m is being invested in developing the activity a...
( Last Updated: 16-12-2009 )

Making it Local ’Working our Woodlands’ project open

Are you a Woodland Owner or Contractor?Are you in the Blackdown Hills & East Devon area?Working Our Woodlands is aimed at strengthening the links between ow...
( Last Updated: 01-12-2009 )

Devon and Exmoor Hedge Competition seeks entries

Entries are now being sought for the 2009/10 Devon and Exmoor Hedge Competition, which is being run by the Devon Hedge Group in partnership with the Devon Farmi...
( Last Updated: 01-12-2009 )

New Funding for Horner Hill Heathland Restoration

A new funding agreement has recently been signed that aims to restore Horner Hill to its former glory.  The agreement will build on pioneering work already...
( Last Updated: 24-11-2009 )

*** PUNKIE NIGHT POSTPONED ***

Due to forecast bad weather, the Neroche team have taken the decision to postpone Punkie Night.  It will now take place on SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER.  &nb...
( Last Updated: 17-11-2009 )

Neroche Scheme website still unavailable

The Neroche Scheme website is currently unavailable due to technical reasons.  The team would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.Please...
( Last Updated: 17-11-2009 )

New North Eastern Blackdowns Circular Walks

The Blackdown Hills AONB and the Neroche Scheme have collaborated on the production of a new leaflet to promote Six Circular Walks in the north e...
( Last Updated: 02-11-2009 )

Mushroom Forays Fully Booked

A series of autumnal Mushroom Forays, organised by the Blackdown Hills AONB team and led by local expert David Allen, have proved immensely popular.  ...
( Last Updated: 29-10-2009 )

Forestry Apprenticeships spring up in the Blackdown Hills

A new forestry apprenticeship scheme is set to start in the Blackdown Hills.  The programme is being run by The Forestry Commission, in partnership wi...
( Last Updated: 19-10-2009 )

AONB Launches new five year Management Plan

The Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership has launched a new Management Plan that identifies actions needed to keep the Blackdowns special for future generations.&nb...
( Last Updated: 12-10-2009 )

Blackdowns provides New Welcome Pack for Visitors

A new Welcome Pack for visitors has been produced by the Blackdown Hills Business Association (BHBA) with funding from the Blackdown Hills AONB Sustainable Deve...
( Last Updated: 12-10-2009 )

A Backdowns Poem for National Poetry Day

FIVE POETS TAKE A WALK IN THE COUNTRY by ANTHONY WATTS...in search of the Muse, who naturally went into hiding (her favourite game, after all).Today she's p...
( Last Updated: 12-10-2009 )

Blackdown Hills pub to host traditional archery event

 Regulars and friends of Blackdown Hills pub, the Merry Harriers, are being invited to a unique traditional-archery "have-a-go" day.The UK's ...
( Last Updated: 29-09-2009 )

Printer–friendly walks guides now on website

The Blackdown Hills AONB has produced printer-friendly versions of its popular circular walks. Click here to go to the Walking page and start download...
( Last Updated: 28-09-2009 )

Digital Mentoring comes to the Hills

COSMIC, a Social Enterprise based in Ottery St Mary has recently won funding to deliver ‘Digital Mentoring' to individuals, organisations and business...
( Last Updated: 21-09-2009 )

Court Rules on Noisy Motorsport Events

Following complaints from residents in Smeatharpe and a number of other villages in the AONB, East Devon District Council's Environmental Protection te...
( Last Updated: 08-09-2009 )

SDF funded Border Project to Launch

September 19th sees the launch of a visual and performing arts project that aims to break down borders.The project originated as a response to Somerset Arts Wee...
( Last Updated: 04-09-2009 )

Blackdown Hills Autumn and Winter Countryside Events programme now available!

Wrap up warm and discover the wonder of winter in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.As the autumn begins, explore what the season of mists ...
( Last Updated: 19-08-2009 )

Follow in the footsteps of the Young Environmentalists

The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team is calling for applications for this year's Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), a grant scheme w...
( Last Updated: 19-08-2009 )

AONB sponsors Festival of Beer and Music in the Blackdowns

The Blackdown Hills Beer and Music Festival takes place this year on August 14th & 15th.  It was born in 1996 to raise money to ena...
( Last Updated: 05-08-2009 )

New window of opportunity for local project funding

Local people should apply quickly for grants for new projects in the Blackdown Hills, it was announced this week.The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural...
( Last Updated: 28-07-2009 )

Visual and Performing Arts projects explore ’Borders’ in the Blackdowns

Landance 2009 - Border DanceLandance is launching a new contemporary dance project in Chard and Honiton.  Dance and Drawing sessions in each town...
( Last Updated: 09-07-2009 )

Woolly Waste – Now supplying Riverford Organics and ready for business!

Val Grainger (aka The Woolly Shepherd) has 30 years experience keeping sheep, and her mission in life is to find uses for their fleece - the ultimate renew...
( Last Updated: 24-06-2009 )

National Trust Plans to Restore Wellington Monument

The National Trust is proposing to reclad the Wellington Monument in Somerset, which is deteriorating after more than 150 years of exposure to the elements on t...
( Last Updated: 23-06-2009 )

Free wildlife gardening workshop in Hemyock

Gardeners can learn how to create a haven for birds, butterflies, bees and bugs at a free workshop in the Blackdown Hills on 2nd May.The Blackdown Hills Area of...
( Last Updated: 22-04-2009 )

Job vacancy – AONB information officer maternity cover

Ref: ENV426Organisation: DEVON COUNTY COUNCILSalary Details: £19,998 - £23,473 pro rata (subject to Job Evaluation)Hours: 22.2 hours per weekEmploym...
( Last Updated: 06-04-2009 )

Job vacancies – Making it Local development workers and programme assistant

Making it Local Development Workers (2 posts)Ref: ENV429Organisation: DEVON COUNTY COUNCILSalary Details: £24,402 - £28,353 pro rata (subject to Job...
( Last Updated: 06-04-2009 )

Valentines walk is good for your health

If your heart could do with some loving care this Valentines Day, a special walk in the Blackdown Hills could be just what the doctor o...
( Last Updated: 10-02-2009 )

Open meeting 19 Nov for Making it Local, the area’s new £2.4m fund

There is a chance to find out more about Making it Local, the area's new £2.4m fund, at an open meeting in Honiton. There will be an update ...
( Last Updated: 15-10-2008 )

September 20 event celebrates best of the Blackdowns

A special public event to celebrate the produce, crafts and community life of the Blackdown Hills is being held in the area on September 20.Celebrating the Blac...
( Last Updated: 09-09-2008 )

Planning officer vacancy

Applications are invited for this temporary post to cover maternity leaveClick here for full details...
( Last Updated: 18-06-2008 )

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