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B10 - Biosphere 10th Anniversary 

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of North Devon's Biosphere Reserve.

We would like to invite you to join us, our partners and supporters in celebrating this milestone with an exciting programme of events around North Devon.

Throughout the year there will be a variety of activities, presentations, lectures and fun days for all to enjoy and to remind us what a special place the North Devon Biosphere Reserve is and how our economy and quality of life are related to the quality of our environment.

New events will be added to the EVENTS page on our B10 website as they are confirmed and you can keep up to date by following us on Twitter and liking our page on Facebook.



Life’s Journey – access improvements and interpretation


New access points have been built linking the Tarka Trail to significant Rolle Canal sites at Ridd and at Beam. Gaia Trust volunteers are currently building the new wildlife viewing areas at Home Farm Marsh and volunteers will install the new interpretation for those sites over the next few weeks. As spring approaches volunteer and other outreach activites will begin again in earnest. Keep up to date by liking our Facebook page.



Why not join us on the Great South West Walk
The South West Coast Path in northern Devon is managed by the Biosphere Service and is a great way to explore the coast of the Biosphere Reserve and of course, the North Devon Coast AONB.
As part of the South West Coast Path Association’s 40th Anniversary walk,
on the 22nd April the Biosphere Service is hosting short walks from Instow to Appledore and Appledore to Westward Ho! around the Taw Torridge estuary where water from those rivers' catchments meets the sea. Spaces are still available – book to reserve a place.

Watermouth - Coast Path Improvements

The long awaited scheme to realign the A399 at Watermouth in order to create space for the SWCP on the road verge is being considered by County Committee this week.  If approved, works can start this year.
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Giants in the Forest Stories


Our Giant Story Telling school groups put together some great stories after visiting the Giants in October and November last year. They blend the children's stunning imaginations with a very real sense of the Torridge environment where the Giants reside still.  Find out more.

The Taw River Improvement Project (TRIP)

Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) has had a short video made about river restoration and it is now on the BBC website.  It relates to a number of Catchment Restoration Fund projects including the Biosphere Reserve Partnership’s Taw River Improvement Project, led by WRT.
NIA Update

Over the last few months delivery on this project has really started. Some headlines from the last quarter:
  • 56 farm and woodland advisory vists to land managers to help them access funding support and advice to deliver improved habitats for wildlife
  • More than half are related to Water Framework related targets
  • 10 market place events held to promote the NIA with local communities together with1 habitat / farm visit and 3 biodiversity volunteering tasks
  • Giants in the Forest were used to good effect with school groups visiting the site with a storyteller and writing their own stories
    about the river
And finally. . .
Our very own Tom Hynes was the 'Mystery Guest' interviewd by Chris Evans on Radio 2 yesterday.  You can listen to the interview up until next Tuesday. (If you don't want to listen to the whole programme, Tom starts at 2hrs and 9 mins and 30 secs) 
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