Our Landscape

The landscape of East Devon is largely man made, shaped by man's activities from prehistoric times to the present. However, the underlying geology has influenced this process. The geology of the AONB ranges from the infertile Triassic sandstone of the pebble bed heaths in the west, to the more fertile Jurassic and Cretaceous sandstones and limestones in the east.

Roncombe Valley

Roncombe Valley

This geology gives rise to a diverse landscape which in turn helps to provide the conditions on which our rich and abundant biodiversity can thrive. We are able to assess this landscape variation and define its character through a nationally recognised assessment process that provides us with units or 'landscape types'.

The landscape of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as the Blackdown Hills AONB and wider East Devon District, has been defined in a Landscape Character Assessment for the area.

Budleigh SaltertonBudleigh Salterton

The building blocks of our landscape are defined in this assessment by a range of landscape character types some of which are found elsewhere in Devon. This assessment of the landscape and the development of guidelines for each landscape character type allows us to target actions, respond to consultations for development or land management proposals and make recommendations for project proposals in the AONB.

A similar character assessment for the historic environment has been carried out by Devon County Council. The Historic Landscape Characterisation of Devon provides us with an assessment process that can be linked to the Landscape Character Assessment and in time provide an integrated approach to our management guidelines.

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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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In England and Wales, our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of the 46 AONBs situated across the UK. The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides general information about AONBs. The South West Protected Landscapes Forum operates as a regional voice for the 14 Protected Landscapes which, together, make up 38% of the South West of England.

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