The South Hams Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is situated in Devon on the south coast of England and covers an area of 129.53ha. The site is divided into 5 separate sites, including the Berry Head- Sharkham Point SSSI component, adjacent to the town of Brixham. The site includes an area of European dry heath and semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies in the UK. It also holds the largest population of greater horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in the UK.

The South Hams SAC Greater Horseshoe Bat Roosts, Sustenance Zones, Landscape Connectivity Zones, Pinch Points and Existing Mitigation Features are shown on the Devon County Council Environment Viewer.

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

A Devon dark corridors guidance note has been produced by a number of Devon Local Authorities to help protect bat flight lines. This should be used by all consultants dealing with bat flight lines in Devon. This guidance can be accessed on the Devon County Council Wildlife and Geology planning guidance web page.

Greater Horseshoe Bats
Habitats Regulations Assessment Guidance - October 2019
Berry Head recreational impacts
This report supplements and adds to the main Habitats Regulations Assessment for the Torbay Local Plan.
Berry Head visitor survey report
Report of visitor survey carried out in July and August 2016