We are so pleased to be supporting the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere with this beautiful new bead!
By purchasing our North Devon Biosphere bead, you will be supporting a variety of projects, such as the water vole reintroduction to Braunton Marsh and restoring the ancient woodlands across our Biosphere.
Style Your Bead
There are endless ways to style your Nalu Beads, but we have a few suggestions to get your brain churning…
Simply thread on a silver chain, or choose a colour cord to braid into a surf necklace or choker.
BraceletsThread on a leather or cork wrap bracelet on its own, or along with some of our silver charms or other Murano glass beads. Or we have numerous carrier bracelets in an array of colours and materials, including plaited leather, cork and sterling silver. Alternatively, thread your bead on a stainless steel or silver bangle with some of our stopper beads, or braid your own bracelet using our tutorial.
North Devon Biosphere current projects
Sarah Jordan, Biosphere Business Partner Coordinator & TDC Nature Tourism Officer, gave us a summary of the many wonderful projects they are working to benefit the beautiful North Devon Biosphere Reserve that we live in.
We aspire to plant 158 hectares of new woodland, which will relate to 45 kilometres of riverside enhancement, contributing to an improvement in overall river health.
Using nature-based solutions to improve water quality throughout Devon. Extending across the whole of Devon from the highlands of Dartmoor, down the river valleys and beyond, the project aims to improve water quality, flood management and biodiversity within the catchments of the rivers: Tamar, Torridge, Taw, Teign, Exe and Otter.
The land advisors on the CRITTER Project work with landowners and land managers to improve water quality, reduce flood risk, increase the health of local soils, create areas of new saltmarsh, all supported through a simple small grant scheme process.
Focus areas Water Quality, Coastal Habitat/Saltmarsh Creation, Land Management
DRIP (Devon Resilience Innovation Project)
An exciting pilot project local to the Little Dart, Huntacott Water and Sturcombe River catchments consists of two complementary strands designed to help unlock new natural flood management funding for landowners by installing watercourse soil moisture and chemistry sensors throughout the catchment alongside 1:1 advice towards natural flood management measures.
DEFRA Facilitation Fund
Although we have just finished a 6 year project we hope to start a new farmers/landowners group in June 2023.
Benefits to joining the group include additional points for Countryside Stewardship applications, provide help and advice with Countryside Stewardship applications. Organise free workshops and training in agriculture, forestry, grants etc, with the subject matter being identified by Facilitation Group members. Give general advice, support, and opportunities for joint working.
Pledge for Nature
Pledge for Nature is a campaign to galvanise community action for nature’s recovery across the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere and beyond. Our aims are to make North Devon a better place for nature, with more community action to protect for the future. Working with community groups, school children, youth groups and individuals to do their bit to protect the natural world.
Biosphere Business Partner Eco-Accreditation Scheme Our plan to create positive change for North Devon. The UNESCO World Biosphere designation is our unique selling point as a region. The Biosphere Business Partner Scheme provides the opportunity for businesses to share that they are proud to be part of this world class area, by being part of a sustainable business network that looks after the very assets that attract 80% of the visitors, as well as each other.
Marine Wildlife Aware Accreditation Scheme
The North Devon Marine Wildlife Aware Accreditation Scheme was developed as part of the EU funded ‘BioCultural Heritage Tourism’ project (BCHT) to recognise the amazing local coastal/marine businesses of North Devon operating along our coastline, to support and enhance their marine wildlife encounters.
Visit our area. Invest in nature. Protect our environment! The North Devon UNESCO Biosphere welcomes over 5m visitors every year, who come to enjoy our golden sands, rugged coastline and rich heritage. We're asking our visitors to help us give nature a helping hand in protecting what we all love by donating to help fund a variety of projects. Your donation could help the water vole reintroduction to Braunton Marsh or to restore the ancient woodlands across our biosphere!
Our web app ‘North Devon Explorer’ aims to draw visitors away from the hotspots and find the hidden gems across our Biosphere. In conjunction with Torridge District Council, we’re helping tourism providers showcase our area’s abundance of natural assets and adventure activities, in turn, helping to increase their year-round offer. We also offer 1:1 support sessions for tourism businesses, to give advice and guidance on sustainability, increasing year-round offer and/or creating authentic Biosphere experiences.