Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Blackdown Hills form a tranquil, beautiful, and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. Steep ridges, high plateau, valleys and springs create a charming mosaic of countryside where valuable habitats exist alongside living, working communities. This special place has been protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1991. It is looked after by a partnership of national agencies, local authorities, conservation organisations and community groups.

The AONB Partnership funds a small staff team based in Hemyock. Our work includes:

  • advising local planning authorities, decision-makers and landowners
  • supporting environment, community and enterprise projects in the area
  • providing opportunities to enjoy and understand the area’s environment and heritage
  • representing the countryside as part of the UK network of AONBs and National Parks


Directory sectors: conservation & wildlife