Catch up with what the Biosphere Reserve Team have been doing.....

Countdown to Final 12

In just 2 weeks, we'll know if the Biosphere Reserve Partnership bid to be one of England's 12 Nature Improvement Areas has been successful. The bid, led by Devon Wildlife Trust, will secure an amazing £4 million of investment in nature across the Torridge catchment.  This will benefit our rivers, culm grasslands and woodlands, and be a helpful boost for farmers and woodland managers. From an original 76 applicants, we are now in the final 15Find our more or contact Andy Bell at Bideford Station 01237 423655.

New Signs for Barnstaple

The Biosphere team have worked with the Coast Path and Highways teams and local businesses to produce and install new signs around Barnstaple station.  These will help people navigate to and from the Coast Path and Tarka Trail.

The Unseen Beauty Beneath the Waves

We all depend on the oceans, find out why in our article on Biosphere habitats.


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Life's Journey begins

A viewing platform on the Tarka Trail has been completed in just one week. This is the first of many improvements to the trail corridor funded through the Heritage Lottery supported Life's Journey project.
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Viewing Platform
Viewing Platform at Landcross

Staff Brave the Elements

You may have seen the recent coppicing work along the Tarka Trail south of Watergate.  This is good for wildlife, good for Trail users and beneficial for Trail maintenance.  The contractor's 'payment' is getting to keep the wood for subsequent sale as wood fuel. This is sustainable management that is unrivalled value for the tax payer.
The AONB & Biosphere staff played their part by spending a very wet morning coppicing 100 metres of Trail-side trees.  Their reward was a delicious barbeque lunch!
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Prize Winning Photography

6 photographs that capture the essence of the Biosphere; the wildlife, landscape and cultural richness have been chosen from all the photographs recently uploaded to MyBiosphere.  These winners will receive a book of James Ravilious' photographs.
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Tyler and Emily help Pathfield’s teaching assistant, Linda Scott, dig holes for the trees to be planted

Forest School at Pathfields

More than 200 trees provided by the Biosphere Service were planted by pupils and volunteers at Pathfields School, improving their grounds and providing outdoor learning opportunities.

Endangered Pearl Mussels

The Pearl Rivers Pilot Project is well underway. The first Habitat Walkover training session was held at High Bullen Hotel and attended by a dozen volunteers who will carry out surveys of the River Mole.  The First farm report has been sent out and more farm vists The first farm report has been sent out and more farm visits are planned. 
Further details

The next Biosphere Partnership Meeting is on
10th February at Hallsannery, Bideford

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