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Rebuilding Devon's Nature map

Rebuilding Devon’s Nature Map 


  • Identifies the best areas in Devon to maintain and expand our most important terrestrial  wildlife habitats.  These areas include river corridors and Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs).

Note that Devon’s Nature Map is just one tool that can be used to target conservation effort.  The matrix of habitats (such as hedges, woods, grasslands and ponds) within the rest of the countryside is also critical to the survival of our wildlife and supports rare species such as greater horseshoe bats, dormice and cirl buntings.   This matrix also needs to be protected, enhanced and appropriately managed.   

  • Has evolved from, and replaced (in Devon), the 2005 South West Nature Map (which is now out of date).  It uses best available information, local expert knowledge and is based (with some tweaks) on the methodology set out in Rebuilding Biodiversity in the South West, technical manual

  • Is ‘owned’ by the Devon Nature Map subgroup of Devon Wildlife Strategy Group.  Members include DBRC, DCC, DWT, DNPA, East Devon AONB and EA.  DBRC is responsible for updating the map, as agreed by the group. 


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