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South Hams SAC HRA Guidance

Read the Habitats Regulations Assessment Guidance for Greater Horseshoe Bats in Devon

The South Hams Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is situated in Devon. It is on the south coast of England and covers an area of 129.53ha. The site is divided into 5 separate sites. This includes the Berry Head-Sharkham Point area next to the town of Brixham. This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site holds: 

  • the largest population of greater horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in the UK 
  • an area of European dry heaths 
  • the only known area in the UK of semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates 

Use the Devon County Council Environment Viewer to look at information on: 

  • the South Hams SAC Greater Horseshoe Bat Roosts 
  • sustenance Zones 
  • landscape connectivity zones 
  • pinch points 
  • existing mitigation features  

Useful Information and guides 

The documents below aid in preparing Habitats Regulations Assessment of Plans and projects in Torbay. 

Various Devon local authorities have produced a Devon dark corridors guidance note to help protect bat flight lines. All consultants should use this when dealing with bat flight lines in Devon. You can access this guidance on the Wildlife and Geology planning guidance web page.