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North devon biosphere

The North Devon Biosphere is a place where people and nature come together in our world-class environment of dunes, grassland and moors, towns and villages, and coast and sea. We are proud to be a UNESCO World Biosphere and our mission is to connect people and nature to inspire a positive future today.

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Lundy Island

Sea & Coast

The North Devon Biosphere includes the entire coast from Lynmouth down to Hartland and out to sea including Lundy Island and beyond. It includes marine conservations zones and many sites of special scientific interest.

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PLedge For Nature

pledge for nature

The decline of our natural systems should be a wake-up call for everyone. Immediate action is needed to help North Devon’s nature to flourish again in our farmland, gardens, rivers and open spaces. Pledge for Nature invites you to join your community and make a pledge to conserve and protect the North Devon Biosphere and give nature a chance.

Explore North Devon

Explore North Devon

While exploring the area do something that really connects you to the wonderful place you have come to experience


Our Biosphere is a rich and biodiverse tapestry of dramatic landscapes, farmland, sand dunes and cliffs.

Plastic Free

PLastic Free

The Plastic Free North Devon consortium was set up in April 2018 to combat, through local action, the global problem of plastic pollution. The consortium consists of representatives from a number of charities, voluntary groups and organisations.

Green Business

Biosphere Business

Be proud to be part of our world class area by joining our Sustainable Business Network, which looks after the very assets that attract 80% of visitors, as well as each other.

Low Carbon

In this section you'll find ways to reduce your carbon footprint and get help and advice on living more sustainably.


"Wellbeing" aims to demonstrate the benefits that access to the landscape, wildlife, and habitats in the Biosphere can have on physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing whilst promoting social inclusion and a connection to nature.

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More Information

From the highlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor, down the river valleys to the sea and beyond Lundy, the North Devon Biosphere is one of 668 Reserves in 122 countries designated by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme and was the first of 7 to be designated in the UK. The designation secures a better future by linking people and nature today.

Discover more information behind the link above on this United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) designation plus reports, research, statistics and projects.

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