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November 2015


Volunteers celebrate collecting 12% of national Riverfly water quality records in just two years.

On Tuesday 10th November more than 40 volunteers and local people met at the Clinton Hall in Merton to celebrate this amazing achievement.Riverfly is a volunteer-based citizen science project that provides valuable data to help monitor river water quality within the river Torridge catchment area. More

 

Biosphere Estuary Project
A successful farmer’s workshop was held recently at Boode Farm, Braunton to find out all about wetland construction and how it can be used  to tackle water pollution around the estuary. Farmers were able to visit a reed bed in-situ and discuss how the Estuary Project can help them tackle pollution issues.  Find out more

Moving to the Biosphere?
The quality of life and environment is an important part of what makes north Devon Biosphere so special and is a strong message for estate agents selling property in the area. The Biosphere will be meeting with estate agents in December to explain about the North Devon Biosphere and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and how they can be used to help sell this wonderful area to potential residents.

On the verge

The Biosphere is putting the finishing touches to a funding bid for a three-year partnership project to support local communities to improve roadside verges for wildlife. The project will provide funding and training for survey, monitoring and management work on verges within the North Devon Biosphere and some areas elsewhere in Devon. We'd love to hear from you if your community could be interested in taking part. Contact
Biosphere-mailbox@devon.gov.uk or phone 01271 388647.


Catchment Sensitive Farming support available

The Biosphere Reserve Catchment Sensitive Farming Partnership have recently taken on ADAS and Creedy Associates to offer advice to farmers on reducing diffuse pollution from agriculture.  Workshops, Farm Infrastructure Audits, Water Management Plans, Soil Husbandry Reports and Rural Sustainable Drainage Reports are available.  This year, farmers in the greatest need of help will be most likely to get the free advice.  More

Revamp for railway carriage
The Biosphere has just selected the company '20:20 Projects' to refresh the interpretation inside the railway carriage at Bideford's old station on the ‪Tarka Trail. The new scheme will be more attractive, structured, concise and interactive. Thanks to the Bideford Railway Group for their help and to Devon County Council for Local Sustainable Transport Fund support. The new-look  carriage will be opened in spring 2016.

Boards are back on the Tarka Trail

The interpretation boards removed from the Tarka Trail last year have now  been replaced. They were removed because the original supports, made of sweet chestnut had rotted. The replacement ones are now made of stout oak. More.

Would you like to learn hedge laying?

Devon Hedges are one of the most important habitats of the Biosphere Reserve and the Team have recently run a hedge laying training course with Devon Wildlife Trust.  The trainees were all farmers/landowners and it is hoped that they will practice their new skills on their own hedges.  A second course is to be held on Friday 11th December near Arlington. Contact 01271 388647 to book a place.  The cost of the course is £15 and participants will receive a 'Devon Hedges' book worth £15
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