Stokenham Important Plant Area is potentially our smallest IPA site covering around two acres. It is located near Widdecombe House in rural Devon, to the south of Stokenham and west of Torcross. The site includes a row of mature sycamore trees and a boundary wall which support a rich lichen population, some of which are nationally rare.

Part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Wembury Point to Erme Estuary IPA comprises approximately 15 km of cliff-dominated coastline, to the east of Plymouth Sound, including the mouth of the River Yealm. Low cliffs rise to 50 m, with adjacent cliff slopes up to 100 m in height. This small site supports several important and rare vascular plants. Localised freshwater seepage onto raised beach platforms along the base of the cliffline provides the ideal habitat for the internationally-rare shore dock, here in its second largest rocky shoreline colony in the UK. This stretch of the south Devon coast includes four sites for shore dock and, at the mouths of the rivers Tamar and the Yealm, the now scarce eelgrass. Dotted sedge occurs at its only Devon site at Wadham Rocks. 

Located close to the Devon and Cornwall border, this IPA covers three areas: Plymouth harbour and its eastern coastline from Western Key Point to Staddon Bay, the Tamar-Tary estuary and the Lynher estuary.It is an important area for plants due to its diversity of habitats and populations of marine algae found on shoreline rocks.The area is considered to be one of the best examples of threatened salt tolerant vegetation and much of the IPA is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 

 The Torbay Limestones are a group of headlands made up of limestone laid down around 400 million years ago - in a period appropriately called the Devonian.

The flat topped headlands support a mosaic of grassland, limestone heath, rock, cliff and scrub communities, noted for their exceptional floristic richness. 

 The Chudleigh Rocks IPA centres on semi-natural woodland growing on Devonian limestone, base-rich shales with calcareous clay loam soils: a wide range of plant, bird and invertebrate species are to be found in the steep-sided valley. 

Forming the largest and highest uplands in southern Britain, the iconic landscapes of Dartmoor are founded on granite and mantled in peat. Deluged with nearly two metres of rain each year, the rocks and woodlands grow thick with an exceptional growth of lichens, mosses and liverworts.

The Filleigh Park IPA is situated on the southern edge of Exmoor amongst the rolling hills of North Devon. It covers 826 acres around and to the north of Filleigh and straddles the A361.The sites main feature is extensive fine wooded park which lies on the north and south facing slopes of a tributary of the River Taw in North Devon. Fine examples of parkland and wood pasture can be found here with some areas dating back hundreds of years.

 This site, lying in a valley orientated north to south, was bought by the National Trust in 1954. The Tudor mansion burned down in 1967 but the surrounding deer park has survived and is managed by the Trust.

There is an impressive assemblage of trees such as some ancient oaks, lime and beech trees, whilst some sweet chestnuts are believed to date back at least 700 years. However, it is the unusually large number of lichen species, many nationally rare, which make this site so special. 

With landscapes ranging from dramatic coastal cliffs to windswept heather moors, and densely wooded river valleys to rolling farmland, the Exmoor and Quantock Hills are a rich patchwork of habitats supporting an incredible diversity of plants, fungi and lichens. 

The Park forms part of the Arlington Court estate. Nestling in the thickly-wooded valley of the River Yeo, the 1,400-ha estate is centred on a Regency house owned and managed by the National Trust. Some of the woodland here appears to have been in existence by as long ago as the early 16th century. 

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