Biosphere Reserve

UNESCO-MAB 
Biosphere Reserve
BRAUNTON BURROWS

CONTACTS FOR ENQUIRIES
CONCERNING BRAUNTON BURROWS 

Mr Andy Bell - Biosphere Co-ordinator - wider Biosphere matters
Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service, Bideford Station, Bideford EX39 4BB 01237 423655

Mr John Breeds Education Warden, guided walks & talks, volunteer involvement, Broadeford Farm, Heddon Mill, Braunton EX33 2NQ 01271 812552, 07773085984

Mr C H R Coldwell ARICS Land Agent for the owners
Christie Devon Estate Trusts, 1 Trafalgar Lawn, Barnstaple EX32 9BD 01271 342558
Mr Barry Greasley LandmarcTraining Area Supervisor - military training on the Burrows
c/o Landmarc Support Services, Fremington Training Camp, Fremington, EX31 3BJ 07799130546

Mr James Diamond (conservation issues)
Natural England, Level 2, Renslade House, Bonhay Road, Exeter, EX4 3AW 01392 889770


This biosphere reserve is situated in the estuary of the Taw and Torridge Rivers in North Devon.
A diversity of habitats is represented here. The core area comprises an active dune system with geomorphological and successional processes. Other habitats include a rocky foreshore, mud and sand flats, saltmarshes of various types, lowland farmland, grazing marsh, coastal heath, back-shore marsh as well as woodlands. As a result of the periodic review process in 2002, the Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve has been completely revised and extended by a consultation process among the local communities and the conservation and development authorities. It now encompasses a larger sector of the estuary of the Taw and Torridge Rivers.
 
About 53,000 people live in the biosphere reserve (2002) who are mainly engaged in services, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing. Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve is a site where traditional land use practices are still maintained today. Grazing by Soay sheep and cattle on saltmarshes was practiced for more than a century and still maintains the marshes in a condition suitable for wintering wildfowl. Traditional local fishery harvests Atlantic salmon sea trout and sea bass which are species that rely on the site as part of their lifecycle. Also mussel fishery and the harvest of ulva and laver are still practiced in a traditional way. 

Management Study for Braunton Marsh
        1. Braunton Marsh Management Study
        2. The Developmental History of Braunton Marsh
        3. The 20th Century
        4. Water Level Management
        5. Habitats and Species
        6. The Future
        7. Overview of Marsh Management
        8. Glossary & Appendix
Reports
  1. Report on the core area from January 19th to April 19th 2009
  2. ACTIVITIES SUMMARY 2008
  3. Report on the core area from October 20th 2008 to January 18th 2009
  4. Report on the core area from July 18th to Oct 20th 2008
  5. Summary of report on the core area from January 20th to July 18th 2008
  6. Report on the core area from October 14th 2007 to January 20th 200
  7. Report on the core area from July 14th to October 13th 2007
  8. Report on the core area from to April 16th to July 13th 2007
  9. Report on the core area from Jan 15th to April 15th 2007
  10. Report on the core area from to Oct 16th 2006 to Jan 15th 2007
  11. Report on the core area from July 17th to Oct 16th 2006
  12. The effects of a mixed grazing regime on sand dune vegetation communities at Braunton Burrows, Devon 2.10.06
  13. Report on the Core Area from April 3rd to July 17th 2006
  14. Report on the Core Area from January 16th to April 3rd 2006
  15. North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: Press Release
  16. English Nature's information release on scrub clearance work on Braunton Burrows
  17. Report Jul 2005
  18. Report Jan 2005
  19. Report Jul 2004
  20. Platform Levels on WWII Concrete Landing Craft
  21. Report Apr 2004
  22. Report Jan 2004
  23. News Release Jan 04
  24. Jan 04
  25. Paula Ferris
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