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Belstone Village – North Devon Biosphere

Small traditional Dartmoor village, with granite farmhouses nestled on the edge of the moor where the Taw and Okement rivers spring from the peat bogs of the National Park.  Pleasant walk on tracks on to the moor from where you can get panoramic views looking down the river basins of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Near the village is the "Nine Maidens" prehistoric stone circle.

North Devon Biosphere

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North Devon's Biosphere Reserve is the first of only two 'new style' Biosphere Reserve in the UK. These have core functions of conservation, learning and research, and sustainable development and three different management zones.

Biosphere Reserves are places with world-class environments that are designated by the United Nations to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They are places where conservation and sustainable development go hand in hand.

The geographical area of the North Devon's Biosphere Reserve is based on water flowing from its source via the rivers out to sea. The area of land that catches rainfall for a river is known as the catchment and the biosphere catchment includes the wide swathe of countryside, which connects all the streams to the Taw and Torridge rivers which begin high up on Dartmoor and Exmoor. Many small towns: Chulmleigh, Witheridge, South Molton, Winkleigh, Hatherleigh, Torrington, Bratton Fleming and their surrounding villages are in the biosphere and just as important to its existence and well-being as the world-famous Braunton Burrows (at its heart) and of course the coastal area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The water then flows out to sea affecting sea life around Lundy and beyond.

For more information visit www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk