What’s happening along the Salcombe coastline?
Their trampling and munching help create a rich mix of plants, grasses and wildflowers along the coastline.
Reduce and manage coastal scrub
These small, bushy areas create important pockets of shelter for insects like butterflies and bees as well as a wide variety of birds.
Wetland areas hum with life when properly managed and provide important stopping points for migratory birds.
Continue to farm but in a nature-friendly way
These are mixed farms where crops are still grown and livestock graze the fields, but margins are left around arable fields and livestock numbers are kept low in spring to allow plants to flower.
Restoring wildflower meadows
These areas now supports thousands of insects.
Maintaining low input arable fields
Some fields are left fallow over the winter for farmland birds to feed in – skylarks stay in huge flocks over the winter.
Field margins are ploughed but are left fallow to make space for arable plants to grow
Arable plants need disturbed ground to grow, Southdown and East Soar Farms are home to many rare arable plants which also provide food for insects and birds overwinter.
Planting more hedgerows
Field boundaries connect habitats and provide important shelter for birds and small invertebrates.
Sowing crops that farmland birds feed on
We sow plots on the farm with seed to provide food for farmland birds such as cirl bunting, linnet and yellowhammer.
Protecting and interpreting the historic landscape
We are working with partners to protect and interpret the important historic features between Bolt Head and Bolt Tail.
Upgrading access around the farm
In addition to improving existing paths and creating new circular routes, we are opening up access through the farms with permissive bridleways.