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

Nature Improvement Area officially launched

Cllr. Barry Parsons, leader of Torridge District Council and more than 40 people representing organisations from Defra to Parish Councils and from local farmers to foresters attended the launch event for the North Devon Biosphere Nature Improvement Area recently. The first Steering Group meeting was also heldMore than 40 people including. More.

Environmental Action Gathers Pace

On 16th May Petroc held a Communities Living Sustainably event that marked the culmination of two weeks of discussion and debate across the Biosphere.  Over 200 people from Biosphere communities in Bideford, Barnstable, Ilfracombe and Winkleigh have come together to consider what it would take to help to make more local food available to everyone and for communities and households to have more ownership of energy and water supplies and more knowledge about how to save energy and water. The results from these events will be used in an application to the Big Lottery fund for up to £1million.  More


Three Giants in the Forest

Three giant wicker heads festooned with growing native woodland plants have been hoisted into trees overlooking the River Torridge on the Tarka Trail between the Puffing Billy at Torrington and Weare Giffard to raise awareness of the North Devon Biosphere Nature Improvement Area.  More great Giants

Sign of the Times

The Biosphere Service, in partnership with the County’s South West Coast Path team, the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and the Stationmaster's Cafe have provided new directional signage and user information for the Coast Path and Tarka Trail.  
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Local trails on national website

A number of access routes within the Biosphere have been entered onto the UK-wide Phototrails website. Each trail is described via a photo slideshow providing information that lets the user see exactly what the terrain and trail furniture such as gates is like. This is fantastic for people with mobility difficulties who can decide whether the trail is suitable for them before they visit. Information on four of the Phototrails routes has also been produced in leaflet form, each colour coded so that you can choose a walk suited to your ability.  Find out more.
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