Braunton in the Biosphere

Published: Monday 19th Nov 2012

Marsdens Devon Cottages are so proud of being supporters of the North Devon Biosphere as our office is in the heart of Braunton community and Braunton Burrows are at the heart of the Biosphere itself. Unesco have awarded the North Devon Reserve its status as a world-class environment working to demonstrate a balance between mankind and nature. There are less than 550 such reserves in the whole world and North Devon's Biosphere is the first in the UK to reach all the new criteria.

Biospheres are recognised as living / working ecosystems. The North Devon Reserve is situated between the Taw and Torrdige Estuary's, not only a remarkably beautiful area but an incredibly diverse geography, based around these rivers and smaller tributaries in the Lynton and Lynmouth area, flowing out to the sea. This is why 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. The Biosphere extends as far as Lundy Island recognising the marine life intrinsic to the system. The reserve includes all the North Devon coastal areas of outstanding natural beauty, as well as 63 sites of Special Scientific Interest, 671 County Wildlife sites monitoring all species and 4 local nature reserves.

For the visitor coming into the area this can be translated as some of the most outstanding and beautiful scenery you could ever hope to view on a holiday. Coupled with the re-assurance that a vast amount of work is being undertaken to protect the area and ensure it continues to thrive as a balanced and healthy ecological system. Marsdens guests contribute £1 per stay to help support the practical outworking of the Biosphere. 2013 is a significant year for the reserve as it will be 10 years since North Devon received this status and events planned throughout the year culminate in a special event to be held on 7th September 2013 at Woolacombe.

Here are some highlighted areas you may want to consider for a stay in this remarkable area: Braunton, Driftwood Cottage has a special offer for Christmas and is a beautifully presented double fronted cottage right in the middle of Braunton with the Burrows a short walk away.

Hope Cottage is a stunning 5 star cottage with heaps of character and many period features. Woolacombe, Cala Vista, as the name suggests, offers panoramic views from the interior and spacious terrace. Bay View is a pet friendly ground floor apartment within a few steps of the Esplanade.