Environment and Landscape

Listed below are the main sections and some additional relevant websites which we hope will help you get to the right place quicker. You can also visit the topic homepage at Environment which has additional news and features.

  • bridleways

      Find out more about your local footpaths, bridleways and byways

    • climate emergency

        Devon County Council has declared a climate emergency and is collaborating with other organisations in Devon to implement a response to this

      • coastal management

          Devon County Council recognises the importance of the coast and seas around Devon to its communities

        • coasts and seas

            Devon County Council recognises the importance of the coast and seas around Devon to its communities.

          • country parks

              Devon County Council owns and manages two Country Parks; at Stover near Newton Abbot and the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton

            • Devon Countryside Access Forum

                The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory body set up by the County Council under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

              • Devon Hedge Group

                  Devon’s hedges are of great historical importance, define the county’s beautiful farmed landscapes, and support an immense amount of wildlife. The Devon Hedge Group helps people to appreciate and understand this

                • environmental data

                    Devon County Council collates and manages a range of environmental data and combines this with data from a number of external sources to provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental quality and performance across Devon

                  • environmental maps

                      These maps give access to spatial (geographic) data for Devon on a wide range of topics, including ecology, geology, flood risk, historic environment, landscapes, planning and public access

                    • environmental policy

                        Devon County Council's policy for reducing the impacts of its operations on the environment

                      • estuaries

                          Devon has many valuable and beautiful estuaries

                        • Explore Devon

                            Inspiration for exploring Devon’s green spaces – from a gentle woodland stroll to an invigorating bike ride, or finding the best bird-watching spot to discovering our ancient geology

                          • flood risk management

                              We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) as defined by the Flood and Water Management Act, 2010

                            • geodiversity

                                Devon has a varied and ancient geology and as you travel around the County this variety is clearly reflected in the diverse landscape

                              • Grand Western Canal

                                  The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside

                                • green infrastructure

                                    Green infrastructure is a term used to describe the network of natural spaces and corridors in a given area

                                  • historic environment

                                      Devon is widely celebrated for the great beauty and diversity of its landscapes, for its numerous historic settlements, ancient buildings and archaeological sites

                                    • japanese knotweed

                                        Invasive non-native species are one of the key threats challenging global biodiversity

                                      • land charges

                                          We are responsible for providing information in connection with local land charge searches and the information provided answers questions on highways maintainable at public expense, road schemes and proposed traffic schemes

                                        • landscape (planning)

                                            Conserving, enhancing and guiding change within one of Devon's most valuable assets

                                          • landscape designations

                                              Devon has an outstanding natural environment with a range of nationally protected landscapes and internationally important UNESCO designated sites

                                            • public rights of way

                                                Maintaining and using the network of footpaths, bridleways and byways across the county

                                              • recycling

                                                  What you can recycle and where you can do it

                                                • Stover Country Park

                                                    Stover Country Park in Newton Abbot contains over 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh, and a substantial variety of wildlife.

                                                  • Tarka Trail

                                                      Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon

                                                    • waste

                                                        Plans for reducing and disposing of all our waste

                                                      • wildlife

                                                          Devon supports an outstandingly rich and varied range of habitats and species. This wildlife resource is one of the features which makes Devon special