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Biosphere Energy Plan

This study was commissioned by the North Devon UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve to establish a baseline for energy consumption and generation in Northern Devon. 
  • £300m spent each year on energy - most goes to big energy companies
  • 9% of homes in the Biosphere in fuel poverty
  • 31% of energy use on home heating
  • 20% on private cars
  • 7.1% of our energy need comes from renewables in the Biosphere
Local action is needed on top of national initiatives to ensure the Biosphere meets government carbon reduction targets  Read the Energy Plan

£58k helps farmers curb diffuse pollution

The Agricultural Diffuse Pollution project led by the Biosphere Service has provided over £58,000 to 12 farmers to help them fund infrastructure improvements that reduce the amount diffuse pollution entering our local watercourses. More.

Marine Issues

The Biosphere Marine Working Group, which includes local fishermen has backed two of Defra's suggestions for new Marine Conservation Zones in the Biosphere; namely  Foreland Point to Bideford Bay and Hartland to Tintagel.
The Group is not in favour of the site to the north of Lundy now that the Atlantic Array proposal is no longer being pursued. More
Tarka Trail New Surface

New Surface on the Trail

In March, the Tarka Trail between Torrington and Beam was resurfaced by Devon County Council. Usage figures show that the previous tarmac, laid down over 15 years before, has carried many hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors on a fantastic journey through the North Devon Biosphere beside the River Torridge. We expect this new surface to last just as long.
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Local Nature Partnership

Devon Local Nature Partnership (DLNP) launch a Stock take of Devon’s Nature
“The State of Devon’s Nature” report was launched at the inaugural DLNP conference in March. It is a 'stocktake’ of Devon’s priority species and habitats and the issues they face. At the same event, the DLNP released its prospectus outlining a strategic vision for securing the county’s natural heritage for the future.
Both reports highlight the need to keep on with our efforts to support wildlife in order to reap the maximum social and economic benefits of our environment.
The Biosphere shares this vision and will continue to help put it into practice in this area.

Get Cooking

This special cookbook tells the story of north Devon’s food and its links to our culture and environment.  Order a copy online

Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help carry out Habitat Walkover Surveys on the River Mole (North Devon), to assess the habitat potential for Freshwater Pearl Mussels. The surveys will run over 5 days and start at the beginning of May.
If you would be interested in getting involved, or would like more information, please contact Izzy Moser on
Local action is needed on top of national initiatives to ensure the Biosphere meets government carbon reduction targets  Read the Energy Plan
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