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Environment and landscape: key service websites

Environment and landscape: A to Z of related services



  • 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

  • Devon Local Nature Partnership

    Bringing together all those interested in protecting and enhancing our environment for the benefit of people, wildlife and businesses


  • 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 performance

    Devon County Council's Environmental Policy outlines our environmental objectives and demonstrates our commitment to managing the environmental impacts of our operations and improving our environmental performance

  • 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

    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

  • Local Nature Recovery Strategy

    LNRS’s seek to restore nature at a local level and are a statutory requirement as of the Environment Act 2021. Find out more information about what our county is doing on the Devon Local Nature Partnership website.


  • National Landscapes

    Devon has an outstanding natural environment with a range of international and national protected landscapes.


  • 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