North Devon by its People and Communities
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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North Devon

Trevor Beer, MBE, is a naturalist, and wildlife and countryside writer and broadcaster for several newspapers and magazines including a daily column in the Western Morning News.


Sheep Farming in North Devon

Shepherd David Kennard farms on the beautiful and rugged coast of North Devon, a coastline that is renowned as one of the most spectacular in Britain. Working with his team of sheepdogs, he looks after a flock of 800 ewes together with their 1200 lambs.


Doubloons, Jewels and Ivory

Chris Millington is a musician based in North Devon. Having been dragged up through the Manchester Indie scene and various bands, Chris has now found his niche. Inspired by the beautiful North Devon coastline and local stories of smuggling, wrecking and piracy along the North Devon coast, Chris has penned some moving songs in the hope and with the passion of keeping some of these stories alive.


The River Taw

ReCyc is an eco-friendly junk band formed by young people from the Barnstaple area. All the music is played on instruments made from recycled materials hence the name ReCyc!



Born in 1946, local poet Sam was raised in Stoke Gabriel, South Devon, went to sea, traveled widely, raised a family in Somerset, then moved back to Devon, this time to the North.


Combe Martin

Geologist Kester Webb has been walking the coastal footpaths and exploring the sea cliffs of North Devon since the 1950s, taking photographs and drawing the dramatic scenery in order to create geo-morphic landscape paintings.