Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Something to Write Home About! B10 & North Devon Libraries Writing Competition

As part of the B10 anniversary celebrations North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve is holding a short story writing competition in partnership with Barnstaple Library.  The North Devon Biosphere Reserve is a source of inspiration for writers and we are looking for the best stories about living and working in this special part of the country.
There are three themes to choose from:
  • Past and Future
  • Young and Old
  • Town and Country
and three age groups categories:
  • Children up to 11 years old
  • 12 -18 years old
  • Adults
Entries can be made in writing or in audio format – entry forms can be picked up from any library in north Devon. There are some great prizes including tickets to a North Devon Theatres show, Book Tokens and limited edition North Devon Biosphere t-shirts.
Closing date for entries is Saturday 31 August 2013.
Visit the B10 website for more information and full terms and conditions

Friday, 21 June 2013

Celebrate B10 at Bideford's Community Arts Festival

Community and culture are fundamental elements of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Bideford's First Friday events are a superb celebration of these. For this very special B10 First Friday, Mill Street traders are spreading the word about buying local, supporting local farmers and growers, appreciating local artists and entertainers and supporting the local community. There will be live music in the First Friday marquee outside Blazey's Cafe with Trudi Mackie-Brown at 4 and the fabulous folk trio Babelfish, featuring Chris Millington, Lisa Sture and John Hextall from 5.30pm. There will be more live music and street entertainment throughout the afternoon along Mill Street and an art workshop with North Devon artist Peter Ward from 4-6pm. Peter will be painting using the Bideford Black pigment which is the subject of a current research project at The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford. B10 First Friday will also present an exclusive opportunity for visitors to get their hands on a set of B10 recipe cards created by Camper Van Cook, Martin Dorey. A great champion of the North Devon Biosphere and outdoor living, Martin has produced five collectible cards featuring delicious recipes using North Devon ingredients. The recipes are ideal for summer barbecues and camping trips but can easily be adapted for indoor cooks! Selected shops along Mill Street in Bideford will be giving out these free recipe cards on First Friday 5 July before they are distributed to libraries and tourist information centres around the Biosphere. Follow the trail and be the first to collect the full set of cards.
Camper Van Cook - Martin Dorey 

B10 & Bideford First Friday Community Arts Festival, Friday 5 July 2013, 2-7pm Mill Street, Bideford

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Enjoy a fun-filled family day at Sunrise Diversity Festival.

World music, dance, and a live fashion show from different communities is going to hit Barnstaple's Strand once more! North Devon Sunrise is proud to present a much bigger and better Sunrise Diversity Festival 2013, with some new performers. The fun-filled family day will also include henna painting, Vietnamese nail varnish, story-telling for children, a variety of food stalls and much more.
Date: Saturday 15 June 2013 - Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm - Location: The Strand, Barnstaple, EX31 1EU

  • Percussion Orchestra (African Drums)
  • The Wanderers
  • Muktar Ahmed
  • Dogleg
  • Dave Clinch
  • Kawsar Chowdhury
  • Navila Hassan
  • RSVP (Bhangra Dance)
  • Wings Street Dance
  • Flamenco
  • LIVE International Fashion Show
  • Worldwide Food Stalls
  • Henna Tattoo & Face Painting
  • Open Yoga
  • Story Telling for Children
For more information contact Muktar Ahmed Tel No: 07922 714688 Email:
More details visit

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Government urged to 'act now' on marine protection

Shoals of public support for marine protection put Government commitment in the shallows. At 12 noon today four leading nature conservation charities will stand shoulder to shoulder to present pledges to Downing Street calling for an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas. More than 350,000 people signed pledges - often in creative ways, at aquaria and seaside events where they made sand and willow sculptures or created silver-scaled marine creatures. Take a look at the booklet that accompanies this release and see images attached. Locally, Devon Wildlife Trust mobilised its army of volunteers to gather more than 5,000 signatures for the petition at events, at meetings and at its visitor centres across the county. Each one of the signatures adds supports to the call for urgent action to better protect the UK's seas.
The charities are extremely concerned that:
  • While there is huge public support for greater protection of our seas using Marine Protected Areas, there has been little evidence that the Government will do this on a meaningful scale for English waters or with any sense of urgency. 
  • Following a two and half year public consultation process involving one million stakeholders across England the Government is currently only suggesting an initial tranche of 31 Marine Conservation Zones. The charities and Government's own advisors agree that a full, ecologically coherent network is absolutely vital to ensure the future of our seas. There is uncertainty over how committed the Government is to progressing future tranches of Marine Conservation Zones. All four charities are calling on the Government to commit to a specified timetable designating an entire network. 
  • A whole swathe of important marine wildlife is not being considered by the Government. Marine Protected 
Areas are needed for mobile species - such as whales, dolphins, basking sharks and seabirds - in order to create a network that is truly ecologically coherent. The joint petition comes in the wake of the recently published nature "State report put together by scientists working side-by-side with 25 wildlife organisations. They compiled a stock-take of our native species - the first of its kind in the UK - and revealed that 60% of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether. Protection of our remaining natural heritage is critical. In April, the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee on Marine Science concluded its report saying: "We were pleased to hear that the Minister is keen to move the Marine Conservation Zone process forward, but we have not seen this intention translated into action. The Minister should not let his priorities be set by fear of judicial review. Further delay to the process perpetuates the uncertainty that has already been damaging to the Marine Conservation Zone project. We recommend that Government set out a clear timetable for designation of this tranche and future tranches of Marine Conservation Zones, with a clear commitment to an end date by which the ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas, as the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 requires, will be established." Devon Wildlife Trust's Senior Marine Advocacy Officer, Richard White, added his support to the call for action: "Devon's waters are home to a stunning range of marine wildlife, from the humble shore crab to the mighty basking shark. But the picture we see today is a faded one. We know that historically our shores and waters teemed with a greater abundance and a greater variety of life. It is vital that Government acts quickly to put in place a full network of protection around our waters so that we can halt declines and stat to rebuild what we have lost."
The four leading nature conservation charities calling for the urgent designation Marine Protected Areas are:
The House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee report on Marine Science -; published its report in April 2013.

Friday, 7 June 2013

B10 Event: First Northern Devon Sustainable Energy Fair

B10 is proud to support the first Northern Devon Sustainable Energy Fair as a flagship event in the B10 programme, celebrating ten years of North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve. The two day trade fair will be held at Bideford Pannier Market in North Devon on Sunday 16 and Monday 17 June 2013. This is an exciting and informative networking opportunity for business to business as well as a chance for consumers to find out how they can ‘green’ their lifestyles. The work of the North Devon Biosphere is to preserve both the natural environment and the economic viability of the area and using new and existing technologies to achieve this is crucial. James Craigie of Northern Devon Sustainable Energy says: “Northern Devon has a higher than average number of sustainable energy businesses” and he is hoping that it will lead the way in promoting sustainable living and working. James adds “The aim [of the event] is to bring together all different types of renewable technology under one roof to excite and inspire the people of Northern Devon to adapt to the changing face of energy supply. There are many small businesses that are making huge progress and we believe the word needs to be spread about their fantastic array of products.” The Sustainable Energy Fair will feature all the best suppliers, installers and organisations dealing with renewable energy in the region. Open 10am to 5pm on both days the Fair offers visitors the chance to find out more about a huge variety of energy saving products including solar panels, solar thermal, woodchip boilers, ground and air source heat pumps, wind turbines, anaerobic digestors and energy saving glazing solutions. Adding value to the event there will be a series of talks and presentations on both days:
  • 10.30-11.00 Green Deal (Ampere GDP)
  • 11.00-12.00 Atlantic Array (Peter Crone)
  • 12.00-1.00 Sustainable Architecture (Clive Jones)
  • 1.00-2.00 Biomass and Wood Fuel (Andy Bell - Biosphere Reserve)
  • 2.00-2.20 Community Financed PV (Olly Frankland - TRESOC)
  • 2.20-3.00 Commercial PV Arrays (Green Deal Installations)
  • 3.00 -3.45 Making a home Sustainable (Hector Christie) 
  • 10.30-11.00 The Green Deal (Ampere GPD)
  • 11.00-11.30 Growing Wood Fuel (Biosphere Reserve)
  • 11.30-12.30 Low Carbon Farming (Sam Adams - Soil Association)
  • 12.30-1.30 Truly Affordable Housing (Clive Jones)
  • 1.30-2.00 The Green Deal (Ampere GPD)
  • 2.00-3.00 Sustainable Retrofit (Mukti Mitchell - CosyHome company)
  • 3.00-4.00 Biodigestors and Vertical axis Wind-turbines (Renewable Energy Innovations)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

B10 Events: Get your entries in now for the Tarka Run Challenge & The Bideford Bay 50K

The North Devon Biosphere Reserve is all around us and as well as providing us with homes, work and community it is a most valuable resource for outdoor sports. Celebrating B10, ten years of North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve, we have two high profile sporting events in our calendar. The first is the Devon Tarka Run Challenge which is taking place on Sunday 1 September 2013 on the Tarka Trail. This is a flat course along the Trail from Bideford to Barnstaple which makes it extremely accessible for all abilities. As well as celebrating B10, the Tarka Run Challenge is raising funds for the North Devon Hospice. This is a social run (and not a race!) Entry fee £15 plus a commitment to raise a further £20 in sponsorship for the North Devon Hospice. Places are limited to 400 so get your entries in now. Visit the website at for more information or contact Simon Paddon by email at or telephone 07791 906433. The second running event is in a different category altogether! The Bideford Bay 50K on Saturday 7 September 2013 is an ultra marathon! Local sporting event organisers, Beacon Running, have put together this extreme run, up hill and down dale along the North Devon Coast from Hartland to Bideford. Again this is not just a race to prove your fitness, this challenging event is raising funds for the Northern Devon Chemotherapy Appeal. Entry fee is £35 for solo runners with discounts for teams … and there will be prizes! For more information contact Race Director Adrian Colwill by email at or by telephone 07527 536817.