Complete our survey and help shape the future of the Blackdown Hills AONB

Every five years, we create a Management Plan to help guide the work and activities of all organisations, groups and individuals with a responsibility or interest in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

We are currently in the process of reviewing our Management Plan.

To help us prepare the next Management Plan for the period 2025-2030 we would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to fill in a questionnaire. Your views and knowledge will help us to focus our work on how we can all help protect and enhance the special qualities of the area while meeting future challenges.

Click here to complete the questionnaire

The Blackdown Hills AONB management plan:

  • Describes the special qualities of the Blackdown Hills AONB
  • Explains why the AONB is important
  • Sets out an agreed vision for its future
  • Identifies the challenges and opportunities for the area, and how these will be tackled.

The management plan is reviewed every five years and is supported with an annual business plan. Blackdown Hills AONB’s annual business plan is an internal working document. It sets out the key activities, core work and projects to be undertaken by the AONB team and the key members of Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership.

Introduction to managing Blackdown Hills AONB

2019-2024 management plan

Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership leads on the review of the management plan on behalf of the responsible local authorities. The latest plan was adopted by the local authorities in spring 2019.

Download a copy of the management plan 2019-2024

We are currently undertaking a review of the management plan to identify the key issues and opportunities that need to be addressed, and the focus for partnership action over the next plan period. The review was to be completed by March 2024 but this deadline has been extended by Defra to 2025 as a result of anticipated significant changes for AONBs as a result of the Landscape Review (Glover Review).

During 2023 this will include gathering evidence on the state of the Backdown Hills’ special qualities, and canvassing views through a public opinion survey (see above) and workshops with delivery partners.

A draft Plan will be produced and there will be a public consultation on this in summer 2024, before it is formally adopted by our local authority partners in spring 2025.

Further information and updates will be posted on this website as the review progresses.

Supporting documentation

Strategic Environmental Assessment screening report

Appropriate Assessment screening report

State of the Blackdown Hills AONB report


Annex A: landscape character assessment

Annex B: habitats and species

Annex C: natural capital assets and associated ecosystem services

Annex D: additional data and supporting information

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