Wildlife - From forest to moorland, river to marshland; wildlife abounds throughout the Biosphere. Visit one of of our Local Nature Reserves or one of Devon Wildlife Trust's Reserves such as Meeth or Halsdon. Explore bluebell woods in spring, squelch through our wet culm grassland, one of the most scarce habitats in the UK and visit Braunton burrows, which has an enviable variety of wildflowers.
The River Torridge between Bideford and Torrington - a particularly beautiful stretch of the river that is home to Tarka the Otter in Henry Willamson's famous book. Who knows, if you're lucky, you may even see one where bridges carry the Tarka Trail across the River. Look out for kingfishers, salmon and other wildlife and relax in the tranquil surroundings.
Traditional countryside - The Biosphere's rural heart. Explore beautiful working countryside, unspoiled villages and bustling market towns such as Hatherleigh and Torrington that bring wildlife and the countryside to the heart of a typical market town. Of course, no trip to the countryside is complete with out a trip to a homely Devon pub serving local food and drink. Explore the Tarka Trail or enjoy the view from Codden Hill at Bishop's Tawton near Barnstaple where, on a clear day, you can see for miles.
Magical coastline - from glorious sandy beaches such as Westward Ho!, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Saunton to the dramatic rugged beauty of hartland, the coastline is a place of contrasts. The traces of people's lives in the area can be seen in the small villages, lighthouses and buildings going back centuries. Today, Saunton and Croyde are family holiday destinations and a mecca for surfers. Explore on foot using the South West Coast Path. North Devon Coast AONB
Wild and remote moors - Dartmoor and Exmoor are as dramatic as their weather and are famed for their dark skies and tranquility. If you want to get active there is plenty to do from rock climbing to cycling, horse riding to canoeing. There are landscapes with striking rock formations, steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather covered moorland that are a haven for wildlife, with tucked away villages and hamlets.
The Taw Torridge Estuary - Where the Biosphere's main rivers meet the sea, the estuary is a haven for wildlife. View it from the Tarka Trail that runs alongside from the charming town of Bideford to the Barnstaple. Visit nature reserves at Isley Marsh (RSPB) and Home Farm Marsh (The Gaia Trust) and of course, the internationally famous Braunton Burrows sand dune system with its towering dunes and colourful profusion of wild flowers. Stop for refreshments at Fremington Quay cafe and heritage Centre or shop for curios at the villages of Instow and Appledore that face each other across the estuary