Natural England - Biosphere Reserves

Biosphere Reserves

Biosphere Reserves are areas nominated by national governments and designated under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme.

What are Biosphere Reserves?

They seek to fulfil three complementary functions: -

  • To contribute to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems & species;

  • to foster economic & human development; and

  • to provide support for research, monitoring, education & information exchange.

Which Biosphere Reserves are in England?

England has two Biosphere Reserves: Braunton Burrows-North Devonexternal link and North Norfolk Coastexternal link.

They are areas of terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems where the conservation of ecosystems and their biodiversity is combined with the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of local communities. Both reserves are of importance for landscape and biodiversity values.