World Biosphere Day: Clare Payne

UNESCO has declared 3rd November ‘International Day for Biosphere Reserves'. We are meeting some of the people who make our Biosphere special and speaking to them about their contribution to it and how it inspires them.

UNESCO has declared 3rd November ‘International Day for Biosphere Reserves'. We are meeting some of the people who make our Biosphere special and speaking to them about their contribution to it and how it inspires them.

Name:

Clare Payne

Role/title:

Biosphere Artist in Residence

Organisation (if applicable):

Manx Wildlife Trust

How does living and working in a UNESCO Biosphere inspire you? 

As an artist, I am hugely fortunate to be surrounded by such incredible surroundings. From the inland landscapes to the coastlines and marine environment, there is wildlife and wild-space inspiration everywhere I look.

What do you gain from being involved in your Biosphere? 

Being involved with Biosphere Isle of Man has given me the platform to promote messages of conservation to protect Manx wildlife, and to promote the importance of art as a conservation tool.

How would you encourage others to get involved in the Biosphere, too? 

Using the language of art in all its varied forms. I’m a true believer in the power of art and its ability to raise awareness of species and habitat issues.

What’s your favourite natural place in the Biosphere and why?

My favourite place to be is by the sea; I love to paint waves in all their multiple aquamarine shades, and in every conceivable sea state.

What’s the one thing visitors to the Biosphere should experience and enjoy, and why? Can be a location, activity, cultural experience, food, etc?

The Manx coastlines are famed for their beauty and diversity; from soft, blue-flag-rated, sand beaches to rugged, rocky coves and everything in between, and all well worth a visit, with your camera. The scuba-diving around the Isle of Man is truly excellent, with crystal clear waters and fabulous biodiversity.

What makes you proud of your Biosphere? 

I am extremely proud that the Isle of Man is the first whole-nation Biosphere, and I’m especially proud that the Manx public are so keen and committed to protecting their environment, now and for the future.

Sum up what Biosphere means to you in one word?

Conservation.

GET INVOLVED

If you love the Isle of Man and want to help keep it special, there are a variety of ways to get involved in UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man projects. Here are a few suggestions.

Please help us spread the word about Biosphere Isle of Man!