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Biosphere at this Summer's Agricultural Shows

Farming is the dominant land use in the Biosphere and plays a crucial role managing and creating habitat and influencing watercourse quality.  It is natural for the Biosphere to show what it’s about at this year’s agricultural shows. Look out for our stalls at the Woolsery* (28th July), North Devon (6th August), Okehampton* (14th August) and Holsworthy* (22nd August) shows.
* = through the Nature Improvement Area project. Here you can find a complete list of the NIA’s public events and activities

A Giant Video

In Spring 2014, more than 220 pupils from 8 primary schools used the Giants as Inspiration  about the area's high quality environment as part of the Biosphere's Nature Improvement Area Project. Check out the GIANT Video
 


Solar schools in the Biosphere?

The Biosphere is the ideal place for sustainable solar schools.  The National Solar Schools programme is looking for 20 more schools to join the scheme in 2014-15. Let’s make at least one in the Biosphere. Start an application by 6th June to be in with a chance of taking part.
 
It works through crowd funding. Schools set a fundraising target for their very own solar roof, then everyone chips in to help make it happen. It's a chance for pupils, parents, local businesses, former students and everyone else to do something good for their school, their community, the Biosphere and the whole world by reducing their carbon footprint and reducing their energy bills.


Taw River Improvement Project?

Check out this review of the project's 2nd year (at the bottom of the page)
 


Riverfly Training

The Biosphere’s Nature Improvement Area Project has arranged for more than 20 people to be trained to sample invertebrates in local streams as part of a national scheme called Riverfly. This provides valuable data on water quality and is a great way to keep a check on the ecological health of our local watercourses. More

Sustainable Transport Funding Bid

The Tarka Trail and Barnstaple are included in Devon County Council’s bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund submitted to Government this month.  It includes initiatives to make sustainable travelling easier and improve marketing for the Tarka Trail to increase use and spend by visitors to the area. It will also promote the health and wellbeing benefits of using traffic free cycle routes. We expect to hear back from the Government in the summer.
 
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