Braunton Burrows Bumblebee Blitz

by Dr. Cathy Horsley, Senior Project Officer for the West Country Buzz project Braunton Burrows in North Devon is four square miles of spectacular sand dunes, and home to a rich variety of plant and animal life. It is extremely important for bumblebees and holds Devon’s last remaining large population of the nationally declining Section 41 Priority … Continue reading Braunton Burrows Bumblebee Blitz

Nature’s Tonic Project Officer – Job opportunity

Are you passionate about North Devon’s nature, coast and countryside and could help more adults to get outdoors to enjoy it and connect with nature? We need an experienced and enthusiastic project officer to work across Barnstaple, Braunton and Ilfracombe to matchmake local groups with the green and blue spaces around them for low key … Continue reading Nature’s Tonic Project Officer – Job opportunity

Scrub Clearing on Braunton Burrows

Braunton Burrows facebook site published the following: It’s that time of year down on the Burrows when scrub clearing works are taking place. Christie Estates works with Natural England to agree areas that are in need of management. They are carried out in the Autumn to avoid disturbing nesting birds. This year the most intensive … Continue reading Scrub Clearing on Braunton Burrows

Something different for the weekend?

Stepping Out Picture By Jim Wileman – Stepping Out, Northam, North Devon. Celebrating the estuary of the Taw/Torridge River through walks, performance and sound recordings Stepping Out is a programme of distinctive, fun and captivating outdoor performance in towns and rural areas around the Taw/Torridge Estuary. Through these experiences, we aim to encourage people to come … Continue reading Something different for the weekend?

“Oh, the smell of the wild thyme…”

Henry Williamson’s “The Pathway” remembers just one of the scents that fill the Burrows at this time of year. The low mat forming aromatic foliage of Thyme (thymus polytrichus), with its tight clusters of purple flowers, used to carpet vast areas of the dune turf, formerly created and maintained by rabbits eating down the grass … Continue reading “Oh, the smell of the wild thyme…”

Looking for a Braunton Countryside Activity Agent

In the context of the InterReg European initiative to encourage EcoTourism in the North Devon Biosphere we are looking for one, or maybe two, contractors to develop this capacity using the Countryside Centre as the hub.  Specifications for the contract are shown below: closing date for applications is 18 July 2019. http://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/news/invitations-to-quote