A new project is underway to find out more about the North Devon coast’s hidden heritage.

New coastal heritage officer Joe Penfold at the remains of anti-invasion obstacles at Northam Burrows. Picture: ContributedNew coastal heritage officer Joe Penfold at the remains of anti-invasion obstacles at Northam Burrows. Picture: Contributed

The Coastal Heritage project is being led by a new North Devon Coast AONB Heritage Officer, Joe Penfold.

Joe plans to use his knowledge to help volunteers train and learn archaeological skills, and record and assess the condition of heritage sites.

The project will focus on coastal hillforts, the history of Hartland and World War II.

Joe said: “The North Devon coast is a treasure trove of landmarks, stories and events from a bygone age.

“Getting involved in the coastal heritage project is a great way to meet new people, to learn something new about the landscape and to take action to conserve it. I will also be offering work experience placements to any budding archaeologists in the area.”

It is also hoped the project will support community activities, including commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day next year.

The Coastal Heritage project is being funded by partners working with North Devon Coast AONB, including the National Trust, county, district and parish local authorities and North Devon Archaeological Society.

To find out more, visit www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk.