UK Biosphere Reserves
The seven biosphere reserves currently located around the UK are:
Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere (Wales) (extended 2009)
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere (England( (2014)
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire (formerly Cairnsmore of Fleet & Silver Flowe - Merrick Kells Biosphere Reserve) (Scotland) (extended 2012)
North Devon Biosphere Reserve (England) (extended 2002, review 2016)
Wester Ross Biosphere (Scotland) (extended 2016)
Isle of Wight Biosphere (England) (2019)
The Isle of Man as a British Crown Dependency of the UK joined the Worldwide Network of Biosphere Reserves in 2016 by designating a reserve for the entire island and its territorial waters.
Four of these biosphere reserves, North Devon Biosphere Reserve, Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere, Wester Ross, and Galloway and Southern Ayrshire, were extended from previous much smaller biosphere reserves to meet the criteria in the 1996 Statutory Framework for the WNBR. The previous biosphere reserves are now the core areas of today’s reserves.
The Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere was inscribed by UNESCO MAB in 2014 as the first completely new site in the UK since the 1970s, the first ever such site in SE England and one of only a small number worldwide to include a major urban area. The Biosphere on the Isle of Wight is the latest addition to the British Isles cluster of sites.
There are a number of other areas in the UK considering becoming a biosphere reserve and we will actively support UK Overseas Territories becoming UNESCO Biosphere Reserves too.
Research forms an important element of biosphere reserves as research can inform decisions on environmental to social issues. If you are interested in incorporating a biosphere reserve into your research please contact us.