State of Environment

How’s Devon’s environment doing?

These pages will be updated in the next few months as the 2021 version of the Devon State of Environment Report is published.

Oxeye daisies in front of a church in Devon What sort of condition is our environment in right now? How is land use and landscape changing? What’s happening to wildlife habitats? How about our air, water and soils? And what difference will a growing population and climate change make?

These are among the big questions addressed in the State of the Environment report for Devon and Torbay – updated December 2018.


As its title suggests, the report describes the current condition of our environment. It also considers future trends and identifies pressures to be considered when making decisions. It’s critical in shaping the work of Natural Devon.

The report comprises 13 chapters, each focusing on a theme that influences the overall condition of our environment. From this page you can read each chapter and learn about the relationships between environmental quality, economic prosperity and health and wellbeing in Devon.

Most chapters contain direct links to the relevant mapped information on Devon County Council’s Environment Viewer.

Click on the chapters below to read more about that topic

People and Economy

Accessibility and Recreation

Historic Environment


Land Use


State of Devon’s Nature Report



Flood Risk


Climate Change and Energy

Geology and Soils

Air Quality