United Kingdom Biosphere Reserves

Marine Management in North Devon

North Devon Biosphere, commissioned as a pilot by UK government, is testing new approaches to applying Natural Capital approaches to managing the marine environment. The work is funded through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The work encompasses surveying the marine habitats in the area, understanding the state of the  natural capital and the ecosystem… read more »

Kenwith Valley National Flood Risk Management

Background The Kenwith Valley has been identified as a catchment that would benefit from NFM measures, and has the advantage of being analogous to other rapid response catchment in uplands. The project will work with landowners to develop measures identified through desk studies completed, that include the EA NFM mapping products. The project will deliver… read more »

Isle of Man Biosphere Reserve

       Country Crown Dependancy of Untied Kingdom        Region/Province/ or State x        Web Address https://www.biosphere.im        Date Founded 2016        Size (hectares) 457,000        Distinguishing Features The Isle of Man is situated in the centre of the Irish Sea        Main Industries (in terms of employment) agriculture, fishery, tourism   Often described as ‘the jewel in the Irish Sea’, the Isle… read more »

Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve

       Country United Kingdom        Region/Province/ or State England        Web Address https://www.thelivingcoast.org.uk        Date Founded 2014        Size (hectares) 29,514        Distinguishing Features centered on the Brighton chalk block that lies between the River Adur in the west and the River Ouse in the east        Main Industries (in terms of employment) agriculture, silviculture, fishery, industry, stock-breeding, tourism   The Living… read more »

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve

       Country United Kingdom        Region/Province/ or State Scotland        Web Address http://www.gsabiosphere.org.uk        Date Founded 2012        Size (hectares) 526,888        Distinguishing Features upland massif centered on the Merrick and the rivers that flow from this upland down through forests and farmland to the sea        Main Industries (in terms of employment) agriculture, fishery, silviculture, hunting, mining, industry, tourism   Galloway… read more »

Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere Reserve

       Country United Kingdon        Region/Province/ or State Wales        Web Address http://www.dyfibiosphere.wales        Date Founded 2009        Size (hectares) 81,883        Distinguishing Features glaciated catchment of predominantly hill land with thin, acidic soils developed on lower Palaeozoic sedimentary strata;        Main Industries (in terms of employment) agriculture, silviculture, stock-breeding, tourism   The Biosphere measures 840 sq km, of which 762 are… read more »

North Devon Biosphere Reserve

       Country England        Region/Province/ or State North Devon        Web Address https://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk        Date Founded 2002        Size (hectares) 380,140        Distinguishing Features the river catchments of North Devon feeding into the Atlantic Ocean and including the sea area to encompass the first marine reserve in the UK        Main Industries (in terms of employment) fishery, agriculture, tourism, industry   Biosphere… read more »

Wester Ross Biosphere Reserve

       Country Scotland        Region/Province/ or State        Web Address https://www.westerrossbiosphere.com        Date Founded 2016        Size (hectares) 529,904        Distinguishing Features wild, rugged mountains, remote glens and long, steep sided straths (valleys), which extend down to the sea        Main Industries (in terms of employment) Stock breeding The Wester Ross Biosphere was created in April 2016 when the United Nations Educational,… read more »