The North Devon Biosphere Foundation has grown out of the Tarka Foundation which was set up in 2002 by John Hardy. The Tarka Foundation worked closely with the Tarka Country Trust.

To reflect the close links of the Tarka Foundation to the Biosphere Reserve, the name has been changed to the North Devon Biosphere Foundation Ltd and the directors are drawn mainly from the Biosphere Partnership.

Past Projects

         9th Feb 2010 Ruda Holiday Park, Croyde               
“Everything you can use to teach about your local coast in one room” !
One of a series of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the North Devon Coast as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our marine and coastal landscapes offer a wealth of inspiring educational opportunities for children and young people. This conference provides an unusual chance for you to meet with experts and discuss how to develop your own projects about North Devon’s world class marine & coastal landscapes.

For the first time in North Devon, we are bringing together a diverse group of organisations. Experts and educators from Beaford Arts, Creative Partnerships, Devon Schools Library Service, Devon Wildlife Trust, Field Studies Council, Ilfracombe Aquarium, Marine Biology Association, National Marine Aquarium, National Trust and the North Devon Biosphere Reserve will be present to share their expertise and educational resources. Local schools will also showcase art and science work from recent marine and coastal cross-curricula projects.

This unique event, for both primary and secondary teachers, will include a key note speech, presentations from Devon Education Services on cross-curricula working and from Paul Naylor an inspirational marine educator and underwater photographer. Two experienced outdoor educators will run advance-booking outdoor workshops exploring Croyde Beach and its diverse range of habitats. There will also be plenty of free time to talk with and learn from scientists, environmental educators and artists.


We would like to thank Ruda Holiday Park for their generous  support

Sponsored by  :




The North Devon Biosphere Foundation, High Hallsannery, Hallsannery, New Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5HE, UK.

Company number 4462420, Registered in England
Charity number 1156589