Join the big Croyde BioBlitz plus beach cleans and other events from Friday through to Wednesday

North Devon's coast will be the star of the show with a packed programme of events this week.

As part of Outstanding week celebrating Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONBs) across the UK, North Devon AONB is involved with a variety of family friendly events.

The big one is the BioBlitz at Croyde on Saturday, when volunteers and experts invite the public to count as many marine creatures as possible during a free wildlife day hosted by Coastwise.

Base camp will be in Limekiln Field opposite Ruda, where there will be opportunities to test your knowledge, look down microscopes, sample seaweed, check out video cams, get movie tips, learn about litter and natter with naturalists.

Pretty Pimplet anemones (Anthopleura thallia), uncommon anemones that thrive at Croyde. Picture: Robert JutsumPretty Pimplet anemones (Anthopleura thallia), uncommon anemones that thrive at Croyde. Picture: Robert Jutsum

As well as fun activities for all the family, the 10am-6pm programme will include rock-pooling, strandline surveying, dune discoveries, pond-dipping and walks round Baggy Point to look for species, with a sea mammal watch in the morning and a 7pm bat walk.

Experts are travelling from Plymouth on the day including rare fish expert Douglas Herdson.

Coastal Creatures is a two year project which focuses on the diverse marine and coastal natural heritage of the North Devon AONB.

On Friday, with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Great British Beach Clean there is a clean up at Saunton Sands and another at Welcombe Mouth.

Join the BioBlitz dome at Croyde on Saturday (September 17). Picture: Sue AustinJoin the BioBlitz dome at Croyde on Saturday (September 17). Picture: Sue Austin

On Monday the sand drawing competition is back at Saunton and this year the theme is Coastal Creatures, starting at 11.30am.

There is a beach clean at Wildersmouth in Ilfracombe on Monday morning and another at Combe Martin in the afternoon, as well as a Seashore Safari - meet at Combe Martin Museum at 1.30pm.

* Find out more about the BioBlitz at www.coastwisenorthdevon.org.uk and the week's events at www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk

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