Category Archives: Environment

Fun for all the family at Northam Burrows.

The Rangers at Northam Burrows Country Park have once again prepared a programme of exciting free events for the school summer holidays. The events kicked off on 27th July with a Rockpool Ramble and will then run every Tuesday and … Continue reading

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The burning question.

How to BBQ responsibly this summer. Picture the scene: Clear blue sea, hazy summer sunset, light breeze, sand between your toes, your family and friends gathered around you, a cool drink in hand, and your favourite tasty treats sizzling on … Continue reading

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Nature Recovery Declaration.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan. The Biosphere has launched an ambitious new Nature Recovery Plan as our contribution to tackling the ecological emergency here in northern Devon, aligning with the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan … Continue reading

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Carbon, Environment, and Biodiversity plan adopted by TDC.

Torridge Councillors have taken another significant step forward to realising their ambition for the authority to achieve net zero carbon by 2030 by approving and publishing the Council’s inaugural Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan. The plans drafting was delayed by … Continue reading

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North Devon Ramblers.

Have you been enjoying walking locally during the last year? Are you keen to explore a little bit further afield? North Devon Ramblers have expert walk leaders who organize walks throughout the area, usually twice a week. We have been … Continue reading

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Plans to transform the heart of Bideford.

Councillors unanimously backed outline plans that could see the heart of Bideford transformed as part of a £9.7m bid for investment and regeneration. The scheme has been developed as Bideford’s bid for a slice of the £1billion “Future High Streets” … Continue reading

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North Devon coast monographs.

     

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Recently seen at Westward Ho!

Ctenophores, known commonly as sea gooseberries or comb jellies. They are carnivorous predators in the Plankton. They eat zooplankton, fish eggs and fish larvae. They catch their prey with their sticky tentacles which they can retract when not feeding. Their … Continue reading

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Walking the Coast Path; Mouthmill.

This is a beach of contrasts. A stream idly trickles through football-sized boulders down to the sea, while soothing sweeps of light-brown sand provide a backdrop to jutting rock formations that point arrow-like towards the Atlantic. It’s a place for … Continue reading

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Beavering away for Bideford flood protection.

There are proposals under consideration for raising the level of the Kenwith Reservoir dam to give the necessary added protection from fluvial flooding resulting from anticipated climate change and the amount of new housing development in the catchment area. In … Continue reading

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Floods – policy versus practicality.

With flooding very much in the news last month this may be a good time to review the policy of the authorities on flood protection and the effect it is having on the vulnerable Northam Burrows. There are two major … Continue reading

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Crossing the Torridge – 11 bridges between Bideford & Torrington !

It’s surprising how they add up once you set out to count the bridges.! The oldest of course were the pack-horse bridges dating from around the 12th century of which there were three, Bideford, Rothern and Taddiport. All these show … Continue reading

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Street art.

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Floods and salt marshes.

All sorts of habitats have been affected by the floods this winter, and in many places it’s the human habitation in low lying areas that has been the most spectacularly damaged. Then, when you see the thick red-brown colouration of … Continue reading

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Rubber duck.

In January 1992 the Chinese container ship ‘Ever Laurel’ was carrying 1,810 containers from Hong Kong to Tacoma in America’s Washington State.    All was well until the tenth of the month when, during a great storm, twelve of the 40-foot … Continue reading

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