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Community support attracts Lottery funding for nature’s recovery in North Devon

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £68,100 to help nature’s recovery across the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere. This follows a hugely successful community Crowdfunder for the Pledge for Nature! project earlier in the Summer, which raised an amazing £11,702 from 196 supporters. Additional funds have been provided by Marsdens Devon Cottages, Devon County Council and the North Devon Biosphere Foundation who will manage the project on behalf of the Biosphere Partnership.
A key factor in the decision of the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support our project was the incredible support from individuals, organisations and businesses for the ‘Pledge for Nature!’ Crowdfunder. This showed just how determined our community is to do something about the loss of nature in our area.” said Dr Mike Moser, Chair of the Biosphere Nature Improvement Group. “The project will start in the late Autumn, aiming to galvanise community action to assist with nature’s recovery over the next 3 years, creating wilder areas in our farmland, gardens and greenspaces where nature can thrive once again.”
Pledge for Nature will enable everyone (farmers, householders, organisations, businesses) to do  their bit for nature by joining calls to action to reverse some of the damage to our precious ecosystems from decades of intensive development and land use. This will include coordinated action to boost wildflowers, insects and birds, roll out tree planting and woodland creation and improve our river habitats, helping to safeguard our treasured and iconic North Devon species. This is not just good for nature, but also helps address climate change and is good for the economy. The project will be launched towards the end of the year.

Pledge Coordination Contract

Invitation to tender.
We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic contractor to coordinate the Pledge for Nature! project across the North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Further details here.

Bop for #StopAndSwap

The Plastic Free North Devon Consortium has begun a new campaign to encourage people to STOP using single-use plastics and SWAP to a sustainable, refillable, reusable or non-plastic alternative. 
All the Partners involved will be sharing their short, snappy dance routine videos on social media.  It is hoped that people will make and share their own videos using the hashtag #StopAndSwap. Over the next four months we will focus on a different item each month.

Month 1: Plastic bags
Month 2: Plastic bottles
Month 3: Disposable coffee cups
Month 4: Wet wipes
Join in, share our videos or upload your own on Facebook using the #StopAndSwap hashtag.

Events in the Biosphere

Woolacombe Park Run - Weekly on Saturdays
North Devon Art Trek 13th to 29th September
Family Volunteering with the National Trust 24th October
Clovelly Herring Festival 17th November

Braunton Countryside Centre Talks

Wednesday evenings at 7.45 - £3 incl. refreshments.
Birds of Devon Species Lost and Gained 4th Sept.
Wild Flowers of the North Devon Coast 11th Sept.
Sea Cliffs & Beaches of North Devon 18 Sept.
Coastal & Marine Wildlife Adventures 25th Sept.
Wildlife of Braunton Burrows 2nd Oct.
All at Sea - Seal Conservation Trust 9th Oct.

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