The world consists of many different ecosystems, and in every one of them, people have learned how to live in harmony with their environment for generations.
The role of a Biosphere Reserve is to uncover this knowledge, to use it, and to adapt it for the future.
Life is an Amazing Series of Connections
Biosphere Reserves are all about improving the relationship between people and their local environment, globally. They are sites created by UNESCO that find creative ways for people and nature to thrive together. They act as extraordinary testing grounds to put into practice a revolutionary approach to managing our ecosystems sustainably for future generations.
Discover the UK’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserves
Explore the UK’s UNESCO Biospheres below.
The area around the river Dyfi in Wales is a special place for its people, its culture and the local environment. It hosts some of the finest and most inspiring landscapes and wildlife areas in Europe, as well as a passionate community that care strongly about their magnificent surroundings.
Brighton and Lewes Downs
Situated on the chalk hills and coast of the South Downs within and around the city of Brighton & Hove and neighbouring towns of Lewes, Newhaven and Shoreham, this Biosphere brings together rural, marine and urban environments to take care of this special place for both nature and people. A diverse range of projects to add value are being progressed, from urban greening and water environment improvements through to public engagement, cultural collaboration, public health and tourism initiatives.
Covering 5,268 square kilometres, the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere was granted its status in recognition of the special natural qualities that characterise the area. It is home to 95,000 people who work together to improve life whilst caring for the natural environment. Galloway and Southern Ayrshire hosts some of the finest examples of wildlife areas in Europe.
Isle of Man
On this self-governing island in the Irish Sea, traditional industries such as fishing and farming and a rich cultural heritage and vintage transport network co-exist with tourism, leisure activities and a thriving business and manufacturing sector. The Island boasts spectacular beaches and cliffs and beautiful glens and forests and is an important haven for nature and marine and bird life.
Isle of Wight
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.Situated just off the coast of Portsmouth within the English Channel, The Isle of Wight is the largest Island in England, and like most islands, it benefits from a unique climate – a little milder than on the mainland. In 2019, the Isle of Wight became a UNESCO Biosphere, enshrining the decades of work in the preservation of its unique and diverse ecosystems, and celebrating the local endeavours to live harmoniously within them.
Reaching to the heights of Dartmoor and Exmoor and extending to the marine environment twelve miles beyond the island of Lundy. North Devon is home to one of the best dune systems in the northern hemisphere, rare species, a strong maritime heritage, and thriving cultural communities.
Castles, history, fairy glens, mountains, beaches and some of the UK’s most scenic and least-populated areas. The Wester Ross Biosphere extends from the northern tip of Knoydart northwards to Achiltbuie and the Summer Isles and east to Garve, including population centres in Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochcarron, Gairloch and Ullapool.