North Devon's Biosphere Reserve is a special place that links people, place and a sustainable future.  Catch up with what the Team have been doing during the month of June......
NDABS Marathon Team

North Devon AONB Marthon

Well done to 'Team NDABS' for completing the half marathon. More
(from left: Matt Edworthy, Clare Manning and Dave Edgcombe)

Discovering a Sense of Place

This joint Biosphere Reserve, Beaford Arts and Devon Learning and Development Partnership project used the wonderful Biosphere environment and inspiration from the Beaford Ravilious photographic archive to strengthen and deepen young people's understanding and pride in where they live. Find out more about the June exhibition launch

Andy gets to work

Our new volunteer coordinator, Andy Bramwell (left) gets to work with a group of volunteers clearing invasive Himalayan Balsam from the Tarka Trail.  Summer volunteer programme.
Volunteers survey the Himalyan Balsam Task

Speakers inspire at Biosphere/Petroc business event

On 30th June at Saunton Sands Hotel, Wayne Hemmingway MBE, founder of the ethical fashion label 'Red or Dead', Charlie Brown, Environmental Manager at Ikea and Mark Gage from Brends Hotels showed how thinking sustainability pays dividends for business and communities. Ikea have saved millions by putting sustainability at the heart of what they do and Wayne had everyone thinking about housing and community design and its effects on people's attitudes and livelihoods. As he put it, "happy communities are more sustainable communities".

Community Clean-up

Between 13th and 19th June 2011 people from across North Devon's Biosphere Reserve picked up litter to make where they live a better place.
Read all about it.

Share the Tarka Trail

New code of conduct boards have been installed on the Tarka Trail in response to concerns from our last Tarka Trail user survey.

North Devon Journal helps celebrate Biosphere's wildlife

To celebrate the launch of the Biosphere Reserve Biodiversity Action Plan, the North Devon Journal is running a feature in the last issue of each month on one of the 13 stunning wildlife habitats that help make the Biosphere so special.  The series started on June 30th with a feature on the Biosphere Reserve's most famous and core habitat, Sand Dunes.

Tom goes back to University

Tom Hynes gave a talk to around 70 members of the Barnstaple group of the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) at the beginning of June.  They have an increasing membership and get involved with many different activities.  General awareness of the Biosphere Reserve was good and there was plenty of interest in helping with projects that NDABS are working on including trying to reduce the decline in swifts and developing community activities.

Biosphere Farms Chasing Bronze Otter

5 farms within the Biosphere Reserve area have entered this year's Bronze Otter Sustainable Farming Award. Organised by FWAG, (the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group), the Bronze Otter rewards environmentally friendly farming practices.  Judging will take place in July.
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