Visitors from all over the world are arriving for the TT races.
Did you know the Island is the world's only 'entire nation' UNESCO Biosphere? We hope you have a safe, happy and memorable time in our Biosphere, which promotes sustainability and the conservation of our nature, culture and heritage.
You can enjoy, assist and get involved in our UNESCO Biosphere by:
- Enjoying our spectacular natural environment. We have more than 6,000 species of animals, birds, plants, insects etc and welcoming you this May and June are thrift-covered cliffs, spring squill on coastal grasslands, abundant birdlife, bluebell woods, active bumblebees.
- Going only onto land that’s public or where you have the landowner’s permission – practice/race days or any day.
- Visiting one of our 10 Marine Nature Reserves or 17 National Glens, a world away from the hurly-burly of the races.
- Admiring, but not getting too close to, or disturbing, our wildlife. Many birds are nesting and it’s a sensitive time for them and they are protected by law.
- Enjoying our sweet mountain air, but staying on track and not riding over open heathland.
- Following all Codes of Conduct, which you can see here.
- Taking a waste bag out with you for the day to collect up all your rubbish if watching races and picnicking, and taking that back to your accommodation or safely disposing of it in bins. This keeps our Biosphere clean and prevents litter polluting waterways or being mistaken for food and eaten by animals.
- Reducing plastic waste and pollution by filling up with water using your own reusable cups and bottles at any of our 140 Refill Isle of Man Stations all over the Island. Download the Refill app and look out for the blue sticker in windows. If the sun comes out, you stay hydrated, too.
- Visiting Manx National Heritage sites, which take you back to the beginning of time in the Isle of Man. This year there is a lot for TT aficionados to enjoy comes rain or shine, with the #Museum100 exhibition (celebrating the museum's centenary) and the brand new TT gallery.
- Trying something different from the array of Isle of Man food and drink. We have hundreds of innovative local producers and eateries working hard to bring you a taste of the Isle of Man this fortnight.
- Learning a few words of Manx Gaelic. You could even say hello to the fairies (it’s compulsory) at Fairy Bridge in Manx ‘Moghrey mie mooinjer veggey’ when you pass them in the morning, ‘fastyr mie mooinjey veggey’ in the afternoon, or ‘oie vie mooinjey veggey’ if you are saying good night. And some more handy Manx: ‘Laa mie ec y ratçhal’ – ‘a good day at the races', and - always handy - ‘mist on the mountain’, ‘yn slieau fo coodagh kay’. If you get a real taste for learning Manx, visit the Learn Manx YouTube playlist.
- Getting involved in Manx culture. Culture Vannin's headquarters is open on weekdays and is opposite Tynwald Hill, just a stone's throw from Ballacraine.
- Taking home something uniquely Manx as a souvenir, made by one of our skilled artists or crafters or one of our shops.
- Sharing with us on social media your favourite ‘non-racing’ photos taken while you are here and tag us in them. Or send them to Biosphere@gov.im
- Looking out for our Biosphere advertisements on the Sea Terminal and on Isle of Man Transport’s hybrid buses.
- Keeping up with news from our Biosphere, from wherever you are in the world, by join our Biosphere Buddy mailing list.
And, finally, it all starts with a visit. If the Island has (re)captured your heart, well, you could be here all year round. Check out Locate Isle of Man for the range of opportunities to live and work in a UNESCO Biosphere and by the hallowed TT course.
Photo: upland hay meadow.