North Devon Biosphere Reserve



       Region/Province/ or State

North Devon

       Web Address

       Date Founded


       Size (hectares)


       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 Team – Hosted by Devon County Council, the Biosphere Team’s role is to:

  • Prepare the Management Strategy and co-ordinate the delivery of the Action Plan for North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

  • Provide biodiversity and visitor added value function on the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth and on Cycle Way 27 between Willingcott and Ilfracombe

  • Provides biodiversity and visitor added value function of the North Devon and Torridge sections of the South West Coast Pathalongside the National Trust


The North Devon Biosphere Reserve Partnership – is the body responsible for coordinating, on behalf of the constituent local authorities and stakeholders, the management of the Biosphere Reserve.


North Devon Biosphere Foundation – is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, registered with ENTRUST as an environmental body. The Foundation is dedicated to furthering the aims of the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Reserve Partnership.


Partners and Communities in north Devon – The Biosphere is home to about 150,000 people. Our success depends on the strength of the relationships we create. We work together to connect people across disciplines, cultures and borders and to reconnect people to each other and to nature.

It’s these powerful connections that mean we can achieve outcomes together that we could not achieve alone and be part of something bigger.

We are all ‘the Biosphere’ working together to create a positive future by connecting people with nature.