Category Archives: Environment

£1.37m for North Devon Biosphere.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere wins £1.37m to boost blue and green economy in the South West. North Devon UNESCO Biosphere has won the largest green economy award nationally from the HM Government’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF). This will promote green … Continue reading

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“Cotidal” project.

COTIDAL: The Appledore Chapter “What do you see when you see the sea?” What do YOU see when you see the sea and what would YOU like to share or tell others about the sea? With a deadline of February … Continue reading

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Events & courses at Northam Burrows.

Conservation projects on Northam Burrows and in neighbouring nature reserves are already in full swing as we head towards spring. As before, and vital to their success, the Rangers are reaching out for volunteers to help with this important work. … Continue reading

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‘Cleanse & Clean’ competition.

PLASTIC FREE NORTH DEVON ‘CLEANSE & CLEAN’ COMPETITION LAUNCH. Campaign to ‘Cleanse and Clean’ North Devon Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) is welcoming 2022 with their campaign and competition dedicated to cleansing and cleaning North Devon and Torridge throughout January. … Continue reading

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Marine futures in northern Devon.

  The new South West Institute of Technology at Petroc hosted the “Northern Devon marine- opportunities ahead” on Thursday 25th November. Organised by Torridge District Council, and falling under the wider “Ocean Futures” banner for the South West, the event … Continue reading

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Green Homes Grant scheme.

Low-income Residents across Torridge can benefit from free energy efficiency improvements worth up to £10,000 thanks to receiving a share of a multi-million pound Government funded programme, led by West of England Combined Authority, working with E.ON and Happy Energy … Continue reading

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‘Plastic Free North Devon’ & ‘Ocean Explorer’.

Local charity Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) aims to connect people with their natural surroundings through conversations, education and events, to inspire locals and visitors alike to protect what our very existence depends on. The charity’s Ocean Explorer educational outreach … 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 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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