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Life on the Verge

Clare Manning has just been appointed as Project Co-ordinator for the Life on the Verge - Biosphere Project.
Road verges are an important wildlife resource and an integral part of Devon's heritage. The Tarka Country Trust is delivering the project on behalf of the North Devon Biosphere.

Taw Valley Facilitation Fund

The North Devon Biosphere service has been successful in securing funding from Natural England for 5 years.  We have 70 farmers & land managers who have been invited to the first group meeting to discuss and arrange future training events. More.

Biosphere Farmer Scoops Prize

Week Farm in Torrington won the first prize in the Devon Hedge Tree competition.  Hedgerow trees are an important Biosphere habitat. To find out more, visit Devon Hedge Group.
Constructed Wetlands in the North Devon Biosphere
Estuary project film - Great film showing how North Devon Farmers create wetlands to trap soil, nutrients and save money!

Community Wildlife Fund Update

The Tarka Country Trust Community Wildlife Fund, supported by Marsdens Devon Cottages, is still open to applications.

Projects funded so far this year are; North Devon Moving Image - Wildlife Film Making Competition £300, North Devon Biosphere - Barn Owl Box Project £500 and the Gaia Trust - Wetland Improvement Projects £500.

Riverfly Update

The last Riverfly sampling for 2016 was done by our volunteers in September. During the year, our 32 volunteers took 144 samples from 33 different sites in the Torridge catchment and, new this year, 1 on the Taw. Only 4 samples failed their trigger level test, and after investigation, the Environment Agency attributed them to the dry Autumn and low flows.

New Scrapes at Home Farm Marsh

Newly cleared scrapes at Home Farm Marsh will provide valuable laying-up habitat for wading birds from the nearby Taw/Torridge Estuary and be a magnet for insects such as dragonflies. More
North Devon’s Culm Grassland: helping to manage flooding?

An exciting new project has just started across north Devon, all about our particular wildlife speciality: Culm grassland. Devon Wildlife Trust is leading the Culm Grassland Natural Flood Management Project, which will work for the next four years to restore and re-create wet grasslands, and find out how this important habitat can help to hold water back in during flood events.

The project is supported by the Environment Agency, Devon County Council and Exeter University, as well as European funding through the Interreg 2 Seas programme. DWT will provide free advice to farmers and landowners, and run workshops and training for landowners, advisors and land use professionals. If you’d like to know more, contact DWT on (01409) 221823

And finally. . .

The Biosphere Team have now moved into new office space on the 1st floor at Taw View, next door to the Civic Centre. Our new address is at the bottom of this newsletter; however, our main telephone number remains the same: 01271 388647
Next time . . .
Taw Valley Facilitation Fund - Confirmed Workshops
Life on the Verge, Biosphere (LOVE-B) - Project update from Clare Manning
Other news from around the Biosphere
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