Category Archives: Environment

Wilder Community drop-in, 8th March.

The free drop-in event is being hosted at the Northam Burrows Visitor Centre on Friday 8th March between 12:00 and 3:00pm. It will be a great chance to bring your ideas to the Wilder Communities Team, get inspiration, advice, and … Continue reading

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British Naturalists’ Association – local programme, 2024.

BRITISH NATURALISTS’ ASSOCIATION TAW AND EXMOOR BRANCH Local Secretary Brian Sims 9 Old Torrington Road Barnstaple North Devon EX31 2DD Tel: (01271) 343607 PROGRAMME TO JANUARY, 2025. PLEASE NOTE – PARTICIPATION AT ALL EVENTS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Sunday … Continue reading

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Northam Burrows events in March.

Conservation projects on Northam Burrows and in neighbouring nature reserves are  in full swing. Over the next few months Torridge rangers will be looking to carry out a whole range of tasks aimed at looking after these green spaces, improving … Continue reading

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‘Upstream Thinking’ project has many benefits.

More than 40,000 native trees are being planted for farms and landowners to help reduce land run-off and improve natural water quality as part of South West Water’s catchment management programme, Upstream Thinking. The trees, which were provided by the … Continue reading

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‘Optimus Grime’ & Co.

Earlier this summer, Torridge District Council launched a competition to name four brand-new vehicles entering service with their Waste and Recycling fleet. The fun competition formed part of the Council’s ongoing recycling awareness campaign and was open to all Torridge … Continue reading

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Check the bathing water quality between May & September.

Regular testing of water quality by the Environment Agency is now underway at 150 designated bathing sites across Devon and Cornwall. High standards of water quality at swimming locations are important for people’s enjoyment of beaches and other beauty spots … Continue reading

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Explorer app for visitors to Northern Devon.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches sustainable tourism App for visitors to Northern Devon! North Devon UNESCO Biosphere have launched a new web app aimed at visitors and residents, to highlight the fantastic experiences available in the area, while helping to … 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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