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December 2012

Life's Journey

It is nearly a year since the Life’s Journey project began to increase physical access to, and the understanding of, three sites linked by the Tarka Trail and by a shared history linked to the natural environment. Significant progress has been made against all the objectives but the HLF has given permission for the completion deadline to be extended to October 2013 in order to allow a second summer for volunteer activities.
Sustainable Energy Conference
Take part in the North Devon Biosphere’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan and Sustainable Energy Partnership on the 24th January 2013.  Booking is essential Find out more and reserve a place
Tarka Trail Management Plan
"To increase the use of the Tarka Trail with an accompanying increase in economic and social benefit, and to ensure the entire Trail is an example of sustainable management" – This is our shared vision for the Tarka Trail over the next ten years. Find out more.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Biosphere Reserve Team
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Nature Improvement Area winter events
During December, members of the Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area project team met with the public, landowners and managers at community events In Abbotsham, Hatherleigh, Holsworthy and Okehampton to gather interest in the project’s land management advice and community programmes. From otter holt building to coppicing, scrub clearance and swaling, why not shed a few Christmas pounds at some of the project’s volunteer events in the New Year.
The Taw River Improvement Project (TRIP)
A good start has been made with plenty of farmers having been contacted by the project partners (Westcountry Rivers Trust, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group SW, Devon Wildlife Trust, Silvanus Trust and the Biosphere Service).  These visits will result in many recommendations about how to reduce diffuse pollution from agriculture.  Some of these recommendations will be implemented through the TRIP grant scheme.
  For further details visit the TRIP
Following the Pearl Rivers Project  earlier this year, the Biosphere Service will be arranging Habitat Walkover Surveys on the River Bray in the New Year as part of the TRIP.
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