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Our New Strategy - Have your say

Biosphere Reserves are 'living laboratories' for testing and demonstrating sustainable development on a sub-regional scale. They have 3 primary functions; Conservation, Sustainable Development and Knowledge generation and sharing. This draft strategy sets out the aims, policies and targets that, over the next ten years, will guide the work of the Biosphere Partnership for the benefit of the people and environment of northern Devon. Have your say.
 



Catchment Sensitive Farming Project Ready for 2015

ADAS have been awarded the contract to advise farmers on how to reduce diffuse pollution from agriculture and will help farmers to get appropriate grants to drive improvements.  Their work areas will be 7 catchments in the Torridge, 2 in the Taw, the River Yeo around Barnstaple for pesticides and a 5 mile radius around the estuary to improve water quality for shellfish. Find out more.
 

Jolly Juicing at Bideford and Instow

Around 50 people joined Tom Hynes from the Biosphere and volunteers from the Bideford Sustainability Group and Orchards Live to make nearly 20 gallons of delicious juice from their own windfall apples. Activities like this are one of the ways that the Biosphere can  bring people together to learn about local traditions , to make use of their local produce and to strengthen the link between people and the environment.



Get Cosy this Winter and Save Money on Fuel Bills

"The Biosphere's research shows that nearly 10% of homes here in northern Devon are in fuel poverty - compared to the national average of 6.1%. There is a Devon-wide scheme called Cosy Devon which is open to home owners, social housing tenants and landlords and can offer a number of energy saving products that could save around £600 a year. Find out if you’re eligible and to discuss how the scheme can help you get a warmer and more comfortable home and reduce your carbon emissions by visiting http://www.cosydevon.com/ or contact them on 0800 0511 548


New Lights for Tunnel

New low energy LED lights are now lighting up the Landcross tunnel after the previous ones failed and the tunnel was plunged into darkness. Thanks to County Councillor Dezart for funding them from his Locality Budget. Find out about other improvements to the Trail made in 2014.
 


Riverfly Success in 2014

Our network of Riverfly volunteers has been collecting data on river water quality throughout the summer. The Environment Agency who received the data say that “The beauty of this excellent project is that it can give us the kind of high spatial resolution data that we could never afford to gather across all of our rivers.  This information can be used to help us target our investigations more effectively”.
 
These sentiments explain why groups in the Taw catchment and on Exmoor are interested in taking up Riverfly.  We have also just received new funding from the North Devon FLAG to recruit 15 more volunteers. Summary report of the Biosphere Riverfly Project 2014
 

Farming Northern Devon’s Nature Improvement Area – New video 

Farmers explain how the North Devon Nature Improvement Area is helping them to manage their land in a more wildlife friendly way as part of the project's aim to create a wildlife rich, economically productive and socially benefical landscape in the River Torridge Catchment. Watch the video on YouTube
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