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BIOBLITZ & B10
The Woolacombe BioBlitz was one of the flagship moments in a highly successful B10 Anniversary programme . In total there have been over 35 events/activities supported by a dedicated website and an intensive social media campaign. The Biosphere’s profile in the media has been raised and we aren’t finished yet
Watch the BioBlitz video.

Calling time on the Life’s Journey Project

This Biosphere Project has finished with the opening of a new permissive path beside the Tarka Trail near Torrington and revamped interpretation for the Fremington Quay Café. Read about the project’s other achievements over the last 18 months.
 
New brass footprints have been installed in the path at Bideford and Westward Ho! to make navigation easier

NIA halfway

The Biosphere’s  3 year Nature Improvement Area Project has reached the halfway point. Over the 18 months its been running the Project has:
  • Provided landowner advice and support to 130 holdings and undertaken just over 420 farm visits
  • Helped farmers receive over £700K through ELS and HLS agreements. £1.9m more is in the pipeline.
  • Worked with landowners/managers to bring nearly 800ha and 44km of hedgerows into positive management for wildlife
  • Created nearly 4 ha of new habitat with just over 40ha in the pipeline
  • Positively influenced land management affecting nearly 32km of streams and rivers to improve water quality and reduce flooding
  • Worked with 20 schools groups
  • Held nearly 60 community events to bring wildlife and people closer
The current uncertainty and future shape of agri-environment schemes is the biggest challenge to maintain this excellent momentum.


B10 Lecture series underway

Book a place for this series of 7 lectures from eminent academics that will explore key issues essential to a sustainable future. They take every Wednesday evening between 16th October and 27th November
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Improvements to South West Coast Path at Watermouth, Combe Martin and the Bideford Area

After just over a decade of lobbying led by the Biosphere, long awaited safety improvements to the South West Coast Path at Watermouth Cove near Ilfracombe are almost complete. Through a combination of European, County Council and SWCP Association funding, the A361 is being moved to provide room for the coast path to run on new path beside it so that walkers no longer have to walk in the road.
 
Combe Martin Parish Council  in partnership with the Biosphere has made changes to make the newly re-opened ‘parade’ on the sea front more attractive. Surfaces, steps, seating and signage have all been improved with nearly £4000 secured from the SWCP Association matched by local funds.

New brass footprints are being installed in the path at Bideford and Westward Ho! to make navigation easier

Keeping the ‘green’ lights on

Energy is headline news almost every day at the moment. The Biosphere’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) is almost complete and will look at how to make the changes  to meet the Governments carbon reduction targets on a Biosphere scale and at a cost we can afford.

Biosphere’s report card

Every ten years Biosphere’s must compile a report card called a periodic review to UNESCO and local/national partners. It starts with an assessment of the state of the Biosphere environment 

Sustainable Farming

Congratulations to our North Devon World Biosphere Sustainable Farming Award Winner 2013,  Jean Smyth of the 200 acre Town Barton Farm in East Worlington, beside the Little Dart. More”

Biosphere takes freshwater lead

The Biosphere Reserve Partnership has recently become the official “Catchment Partnership” in this area as part of the Environment Agency’s England- wide ‘catchment approach’ trial and has started a started a specialist sub-group for Freshwater issues.


B10 Cookbook

Get a taste of the relationship between food, environment and culture in our Biosphere with a new North Devon Cookbook. Produced in partnership with the University of the Third Age (U3A) to celebrate B10.  Copies are £5 each.  To order a your copy please contact biosphere-mailbox@devon.gov.uk or telephone 01271
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