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March 2016

Councillors on Rothern Bridge near TorringtonCouncillor Briefing Visit

On the 8th Feb the Biosphere team invited our district and county councillors on a tour of local places near Torrington and Barnstaple. We highlighted some of the recent work carried out by the team and the positive effect it is having. More

It was good to learn more about the Biosphere and see what work is being done first hand. Cllr David Hurley, Torridge District Council, Shebbear and Langtree
Shebbear & Langtree

Local farmers at a farm visitFarmers Coming Together For Wildlife

Biospheres are all about partnership and that makes us the ideal place to host Facilitation Funds. These programmes are funded by Defra and designed to help farmers work together to improve the environment. 

A Torridge Headwaters Facilitation Fund is already underway, and a further two; the Taw Headwaters, and the Greater Horseshoe Bat area scheme are in the pipeline. More

Wildlife WiSe

Boat tour operators in North Devon have been WiSe accredited to show they are responsible wildlife watchers.  As well as training, a local code of conduct for wildlife watching is being developed and will be released  before the summer season. More
Watching wildlife off Lundy from the deck of the Hecate

Tesco Customers Support Projects Across The Biosphere

Three local community projects in the Biosphere will receive grants  from the Tesco Bags of Help Initiative of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

You can choose which local project gets the largest award by voting in store at Tescos in Barnstaple, Braunton, Bideford and Ilfracombe from the 27th February until the 6th March. More about the local projects
Tesco Bags of Help logo

Beach My Valentine

The AONB and Biosphere, supported by Beach Care, organised this Valentine's Day 'Love Your Beach' event at Crow Point. Over 70 people came along on the day to take part in removing a massive amount of rubbish after the winter storms.
Rubbish collected from Crow Point
Natalie Gibb who ran the very successful AONB Clean Marine Project recently won the North Devon Journal Environmental Hero award for her hard work on this, and countless other cleans, over the last 18 months!

Valuable Verges

The Biosphere is poised to submit a bid to the Heritage Lottery for funding to help local communities adopt road verges and manage them for wildlife.  More

Easter New Look for Bideford Railway Carriage

New interpretation has been installed in the railway carriage at Bideford station. Fresh and bright, the new designs highlight some key themes that have shaped this area's social and economic development, and invite Tarka Trail users to explore the Biosphere.

The new-look carriage will be formally opened in March.
Fitting out inside the carriage

Estuary Project - the Movie

This Easter the Biosphere will be releasing a short video which shows how farms around the Estuary are reducing watercourse pollution through the use of constructed wetlands. 

We hope this film will show what is possible and inspire other famers to get involved. Find out more about the Estuary Project
Andrew Mather supervising wetland construction

The Power of Partnership

Work to deliver the Biosphere Strategy is overseen by the Biosphere Partnership, which meets regularly to set direction, coordinate action, and provide advice and guidance. The last meeting was in High Bickington on 18th February. Find out more about the Partnership and download meeting minutes here.
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