Catch up with what the Biosphere Reserve Team have been doing recently...


GIANT Stories Told

More than 200 Pupils and 20 teachers from 7 North Devon primary schools visited our Giants of the Froest on ‘Giant Story Telling’ days in October and November. They used the Giants as inspiration for stories about the environment and for learning about nature. Find out more at: Devon Word QuestFacebook Giants  and Giants in the Forest

This work is part of the community engagement element of the Biosphere Partnership's Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area Project which will also provide opportunities for communities to create new community woodlands and Local Nature Reserves and to help with habitat restoration. There will be a range of activities from farm visits to citizen science activities, like wildlife surveys or mapping invasive species. We want schools to get involved through out-of-school activities and curriculum learning. Contact us for more information. This winter's programme.
Look out for the NIA team at these Christmas events.

Life's Journey - Access improvements and Geophys

The Gaia Trust has begun re-profiling the access paths at their Home Farm Marsh Nature Reserve near Fremington, as part of the Biosphere Reserve's Life's Journey Project. The new paths will be accessible to Tramper mobility scooters available to hire from Fremington and will open up the area to people with mobility difficulties as never before. New interpretation boards will also be erected and volunteers will begin building a number of sheltered bird viewing areas on the site.

Elsewhere on the project, archaeological work is taking place to find out more about the layout of the Rolle Canal's 'inclined plane' at Ridd near Torrington.

 

Goodbye Mike, hello Michael - Partnership's new Chairman

The Biosphere Partnership is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Michael Winter OBE (Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research at Exeter University) as their new Chairman. Our delight is tempered by the departure of Dr Mike Moser who has been our fantastic Chairman since North Devon's Biosphere began in 2002.  Read the press release.

Coast Path Celebrations

To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013, the South West Coat Path Association is encouraging people to take part in the Great South West Walk, raising funds for local Coast Path improvement projects.  To find out more about the events in your local area, register to take part or follow on Twitter: @LoveSWCoastPath
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