Kim Strawbridge appointed as site manager of one of England's rarest landscapes
Kim returns to her West Country roots from a senior role with the Eastern Moors Partnership, a collaboration between the RSPB and the National Trust within the Peak District National Park. Kim, who grew up on a dairy farm near Launceston, will work with Dr Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon Estates’ Head of Wildlife and Conservation, and the team of EDPH wardens to manage the seven commons and one moor which span 2,800 acres of East Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Exeter and Budleigh Salterton on the Jurassic Coast.
The EDPH support 3000 species including the Dartford Warbler, Nightjar and Southern Damselfly and have UK and European designations including Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Area of Conservation Area (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA).
Dr Sam Bridgewater, Head of Wildlife and Conservation at Clinton Devon Estates said: “Kim joins us with a wealth of experience and a real passion for the environment and the natural world. We welcome Kim to our highly dedicated team and we look forward to working together to manage one of the country’s most important wildlife areas.”
Kim, who has a double MSc in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management will be responsible for protecting and maintaining the EDPH whilst promoting its value and helping to enrich the lives of the public who use it. As Public Open Access land, the Pebblebed Heaths are highly valued by local communities, particularly for walking, horse riding, cycling and birdwatching.
Commenting on her new appointment, Kim said: “I’m originally from this part of the world so I’m very pleased to be returning to my roots to work with a highly professional team to manage this extraordinarily beautiful and ecologically important site that is so loved and enjoyed by a wide range of people.”
As a registered charity, the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, established by Clinton Devon Estates over 10 years ago, manages the heaths to ensure all wildlife associated with the heathland flourishes, whilst protecting public access and promoting responsible public enjoyment of the site.
The Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust works alongside and in partnership with a number of public and private organisations such as the Ministry of Defence – as the land is used as the primary training site for the Royal Marines – District and County Councils, RSPB, Devon Wildlife Trust and East Devon AONB.