Clinton Devon Estates’ 1,900 hectares of sustainable, managed, high quality multi-purpose woodlands deliver bio-diversity, recreational and landscape benefits alongside the production of timber.
Managed woodlands occupy 1,800 hectares, accounting for 17% of the Estate area in East and North Devon, comprising a rich mixture of both commercial conifers and native broadleaved species, which provide a wide range of habitats for many plants and animal species.
The Estates’ farmland and parkland holdings support significant numbers of mature broadleaf trees, many of which are veteran or ancient.
In recent years Clinton Devon Estates’ commitment to forest management has resulted in a level of woodland cover almost twice the national average – an achievement that has won international acclaim from the Forest
Our woodlands produce Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber, with conifers accounting for the greatest harvested volume. Timber from the Douglas fir, spruce and larch is sold to manufacturers, sawmills and wood processing industries in the local, regional, national and international markets.
Woodchip from the Estates is used to create biomass fuel locally – saving hundreds of road miles in carbon emissions.
In East Devon, 90% of our woodlands have public access routes, offering many recreational benefits.
Occasionally, operations in the field require us to restrict us to sites for health and safety. Further details on any restrictions will be advised below:
Following the end of mineral extraction from Blackhill Quarry, the shelterbelt at Frying Pans is to be removed and restored to heathland.
Tree felling will take place during the last two weeks of October with access restrictions on the permissive paths from Frying Pans carpark and along part of the old East Devon Way route. Please follow safety signs and directions, keeping clear of forestry machines and timber stacks.
Click for map of work areas and permissive access restrictions.
Native roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) and red deer (Cervus elaphus), and non-native species including sika (Cervus nippon), fallow (Dama dama) and Reeves’ muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), have catastrophic consequences on the regeneration of native broadleaf woodland through their grazing activity when their populations remain unchecked by natural predators.
The responsible management of wild deer is an integral part of the overall management of the Estate’s woodlands, ensuring the welfare of deer stocks and protection of our Forestry Stewardship Council’s certified woodland.
Estate policy on deer management is impact based, with numbers of roe deer only reduced sufficiently to allow woodland regeneration, whilst maintaining healthy deer populations.
We offer conducted stalking for Roe deer available on our Clinton Estate in East Devon. Set in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Estates’ woods and farmland produce a rich mosaic that is ideal roe deer habitat.
Culled deer are processed into venison products made on Clinton Devon Estates and sold at the Budleigh Salterton Farmers’ Market.
Clinton Venison is available from the Budleigh Salterton Farmers’ Market held in the Budleigh Salterton Public Hall between 9am and 1pm on the last Friday of every month.
Clinton Venison is produced from wild deer and is expertly and locally butchered in house to provide high quality, great tasting meat.
Clinton Venison is supplied in a variety of cuts including fillet steaks, haunch roasting joints and casserole meat, sausages and burgers, all low in cholesterol and high in omega fatty acids and iron.
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Interested in trying it for yourself? Please contact our Wildlife Ranger for the latest prices and availability.
Tom Garner – 01395 443881
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