North Devon Biosphere Reserve
Preserving the natural landscapes, ecological diversity and cultural heritage of North Devon, with over 60 SSSIs within the Reserve
The North Devon Biosphere Reserve is one of 669 Biosphere Reserves around the world, of which just six are located in the UK. Centred around the ecologically rich landscape of Braunton Burrows, the area of the Reserve is some 3,300 km2, extending from the catchments of the Rivers Taw and Torridge and reaching out past Lundy Island. UNESCO recognised the diverse mix of stunning, high-quality natural areas in the region, with over 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) now located within the Reserve. The North Devon Biosphere team run a number of projects locally to promote conservation and caretaking of the local environment and cultural heritage, encourage local learning and research initiatives and support sustainable development opportunities.
There are lots of ways to explore and connect with the North Devon Biosphere – on foot, by bike, via easy access routes and even with audio guided trails. From the large open areas of Culm Grassland at Heddon Green to the Marine Conservation Zone at Lundy Island, our Biosphere Reserve exhibits a wide range of diverse natural beauty for you to explore. For more information and activity ideas visit www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk.