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.
Higher Education Manager
Organisation (if applicable):
University College Isle of Man
How does living and working in a UNESCO Biosphere inspire you?
To be the ONLY entire nation designated as a Biosphere is inspiring itself. I find as many opportunities as I can to just to say that out loud! The ‘Biosphere’ is where we live our lives. It’s an honour and but a big challenge to really live up to, as well.
What do you gain from being involved in your Biosphere?
Being involved in something bigger than myself…that’s always good for the soul.
How would you encourage others to get involved in the Biosphere, too?
Always think about everything you do, how does it impact the environment, our community/others, can you do things in ways that are more sustainable and kinder? Have conversations with others about the same.
What’s your favourite natural place in the Biosphere and why?
Maughold Head. The wonderful view south, west and north has every aspect of our Biosphere in it; farmland, the fells, northern sandy coastline, villages, coast and sea.
What’s the one thing visitors to the Biosphere should experience and enjoy, and why? Can be a location, activity, cultural experience, food, etc.
Its really easy to plan a ‘slice of Mann’ day….a good walk, a crab bap, some heritage and a pint.
What makes you proud of your Biosphere?
Makes me think of the detail and the big picture and how they are connected – how I live my life contributes to our Biosphere home. That’s something to value and be proud of.
Sum up what Biosphere means to you in one word?