The variety of wildlife in North Devon's Biosphere Reserve is amazing and it is home to a number of rare and characteristic habitats and species. These are not just confined to places like Local Nature Reserves or Sites of Special Scientific Interest, but are all around us.
Through successive post-war policies of land improvement, there has been a decline in biodiversity. Fortunately, traditional family farming had reduced the negative impacts to a degree. The loss in biodiversity in some areas has recently begun to recover through interventions such as environmental stewardship schemes. Noted problems include
The Biosphere's landscape is the stunning product of natural processes and people's management over thousands of years. It is one of our greatest cultural assets.
Most of the coast in the Biosphere Reserve is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Projects and links
Nature Improvement Area Project
Taw River Improvement Project
Marine Conservation Zones
Local Nature Reserves
Biosphere Swift Project
Biosphere Barn Owl Project
Community Wildlife Fund