Devon Biodiversity Action Plan

Plants and Animals

Special to Devon!

The location of Devon.

BAP Species found in and around
The Woodland Education Centre, Offwell, East Devon

Three of the twenty Devon BAP species singled out for special action can be found within the Woodland Education Centre in Offwell. Three more Devon BAP species occur in areas adjacent to the Centre. (More on Devon BAP here.)

The Woodland Education Centre is in East Devon, within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Centre is located inland, near Honiton. It is set in a steep-sided, sheltered south-facing valley, surrounded by agricultural grasslands and managed woodlands.

The Centre contains a wide variety of restored habitats, from broadleaf and coniferous woodlands, to wetlands, marsh, a lake, ponds and streams, as well as an area of regenerating heathland. (Interactive map here)

Common Blue Butterfly on Heather on the Centre's regenrating heathland area. The Centre's Wet Woodland Habitat. Approximately 100 different species of plants have been recorded in the Centre's Wetlands.

Because of its habitat diversity, the Centre also contains an astonishing variety of wildlife. However, not all of the special Devon BAP species can be found there. There are two main reasons for this. The first is to do with habitat. Many of the BAP species have very specific habitat requirements. An example would be the Southern Damselfly. The water conditions which this species prefers simply do not occur at the Centre. The other reason is geographical. Offwell is inland, so it will obviously not host coastal and marine BAP species!

Find out about each of the six species occurring in and around the Centre from the links below.


Barn Owl, Tyto alba
Primrose   Primula vulgaris
Nightjar   Caprimulgus europaeus
Barn Owl   Tyto alba
Dormouse   Muscardinus avellenarius
Otter   Lutra lutra
Brown Hare   Lepus europaeus




Access Devon BAP's for specific species
(as PDF documents) here
(external link)