Pebblebed Heaths

The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths is an area of rare lowland heath in East Devon. It is located inland of the coastal towns of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. It mainly consists of: East Budleigh Common, Lympstone Common, Bicton Common, Woodbury Common, Colaton Raleigh Common, Hawkerland Valley, Harpford Common, Aylesbeare Common and Venn Ottery Common.

It forms part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protected Area (SPA) for Nightjar and Dartford Warbler and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for the heathland habitat and Southern Damselfly. The 2,778 acres are mostly managed by Clinton Devon Estates and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust.

The Pebblebed Heaths are registered commons and are used by the Royal Marines for training. 2,778 acres or eighty percent of the area is owned by Clinton Devon Estates and managed by the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust (PHCT); with the remaining areas leased or owned by the RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and other private individuals. The Heaths fall within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Our friends at the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust have produced codes of conduct to help everyone share this special place, at the same time caring for wildlife there. So everyone can enjoy their visits, we ask people to:

  • Remove all litter from the site
  • Read and adhere to any signs and notice boards
  • Consider other visitors to the heaths
  • Follow the Pebblebed Codes
  • Consider becoming a Friend of the Common to help protect this incredible place.