Catch up with what the Biosphere Reserve Team have been doing during November
The Biosphere has just received the news that we have been chosen to be one of only six national leads developing "biodiversity offsets". These are a new policy instrument within planning and development control that are being tested by Defra as part of their response to the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper. Biodiversity offsets are conservation activities designed to deliver biodiversity benefits in compensation for losses, in a measurable way. More

AONB Launch 'Explore the Coast'

The AONB have just launched their new interactive website.  Clever free tools contained within the site allow users to create tailored itineraries to suit individual interests and preferred activities. Accommodation providers and other organisations can also use the site to create their own tours for customers – all branded with their own details.  Find out more at Explore the Coast

A big thank you to our partners

2011 has been a busy year for the Biosphere and one where we have made significant progress. Thanks to all our partners, core funders and friends. We can't make progress without you.

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Tarka Trail on Google Street View.

The traffic-free 33-mile section of the Tarka Trail managed by the AONB and Biosphere Service can now be viewed on Google Street View as part of a collaboration with UNESCO to provide visual access to World Biosphere Reserves and Heritage Sites.  Find out more.

Tree Planting with Peters Marland School

As a delayed part of Biosphere Action Week, pupils from Marland residential school joined Biosphere staff on November 25th to plant 160 hedgerow trees in their grounds. It was great to see the young people working hard to create something that was theirs and that will literally bare fruit for them in the future.
Rocky Shores of the Biosphere Reserve
WHY are North Devon's rocky shores some of the best habitats in the Biosphere Reserve and amongst the richest in the country for their marine life? Grand geology and wild waters provide some of the answers. Read the full article
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