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East Devon AONB – summer activities

  • by JW

On Aylesbeare Common, on the Pebblebed Heaths, at the Donkey Sanctuary


The AONB team have put on all sorts of nature-themed things to do over the next weeks.

This is from their latest newsletter:


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Welcome to the East Devon AONB summer news update. This is an events  issue focused on  our events and activities taking place throughout the summer… 

Printmaking Workshop
Tue 27 July

Aylesbeare Common

As part of ROUTES  (our nature connections project with Double Elephant Print Workshop) we are running a free drop-in afternoon of printmaking on Aylesbeare Common.

Join us at THG’s Creative Cabin and try some letterpress and monoprinting to create your own inky responses to the landscape. Part of Heath Week. Find out more.

The Big Butterfly Search
Wed 28 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Aylesbeare Common

Aylesbeare Common RSPB, is one of the few places where the Pearl Bordered and Small Pearl Bordered butterfly have been seen in recent years.

Join butterfly expert Paul Butter for a guided walk around this rare piece of Devon heathland in search of these elusive insects.
Booking essential – link to book: The Big Butterfly Search

All of a Flutter
Sat 31 July, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Aylesbeare Common

Get creative and join us to celebrate the Pearl Bordered and Small Pearl Bordered butterfly.

Follow the butterfly trail and drop-in to make a butterfly kite and find out more about these endangered butterflies. FREE drop-in activities at the creative cabin in partnership with THG & Wild East Devon.
No need to book.  Find out more

Heath Week 2021
Sun 25 – Sat 31 July

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

The Pebblebed Heaths is one of Europe’s rarest habitats and newest National Nature Reserve. Visitors can join self-led and bookable events throughout the week.

They include our butterfly events listed above as well as walks, talks, a nightjar safari, pond dipping, family creative writing sessions, a ‘waggy walk’, book trail and ‘twilight zone’ storytelling sessions. Find out more

Great Summer Plant Hunt
Sat 7 August

Shute Woods

TIn search of Heath Lobelia, first discovered growing in the UK at Shute Common in the 1760s and only grows in five southern counties.

Guided walk with members of the ‘Heath Lobelia Champions’ volunteers. Walk will start from parking at Shute Pillars (near A35).

Booking essentialGreat Summer Plant Hunt

Completely Batty
Mon 9 & Tue 10 August

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth

The Grey Long Eared Bat Project and The Creative Cabin will be visiting The Donkey Sanctuary on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 August to run ‘Completely Batty’ fun activities for all the family.
Everyone is welcome at the FREE drop-in sessions, where they can get creative and celebrate East Devon’s rarest bats, including the Grey Long-eared bat. Find out more.

Other Events

Links to other events/places you might be interested in:

East Devon AONB – Summer events update