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West Coast Marine Nature Reserve

#MarineMondays: West Coast part one

Explore the Isle of Man's 10 Marine Nature Reserves (MNRs) on #MarineMondays. As we continue our anticlockwise journey around the island, this week we’re not moving very far into the West Coast MNR, partly because there’s so much going on around the Point of Ayre, particularly in relation to its seabirds. Dr Peter Duncan, Senior Marine Environment Officer, writes.

Research Festival

Second Festival of Research tackles topic of sustainability

University College Isle of Man's second Festival of Research will have the theme of sustainability. Higher Education Manager Gail Corrin, the event's organiser, writes.

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Facebook group connects Biosphere business partners

A facebook group launched this week will enable UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man's business partners to exchange ideas and support each other on their journey to becoming sustainable.

Highland cow, by Louise Samson

Cows contribute to conservation efforts

The characterful Highland cows at Langness attract much interest and are much photographed. But they have a serious job to do. Ecosystem Officer with DEFA Sophie Costain tells us how they are contributing to conservation.

Pete Kermeen by Sue Moon

Peat-free compost from Pete's pigs

Starsky, Posh and Baby Spice, Raina, Rhino, Rosie, Tilly, Isabel, Rambo and Black Magic are doing their bit for the planet by producing organic compost that is going down well with gardeners Island-wide.

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Island Utopias project unveiled

Culture Vannin's UNESCO Biosphere intern Sarah Mercer has run a project called Island Utopias, seeking views from across the community on what the Isle of Man could look like in the future, post Covid-19, and commissioning artists to interpret this. The work is unveiled at an event this month. Sarah updates us and invites us along.


Landscapes, custom, lore and politics feature in debut poetry pamphlet

A pamphlet of poems by Manxman Simon Maddrell, published this month, showcases the Isle of Man's landscapes, customs and lore but also casts an eye back to less enlightened times in politics. We speak to him about it.

Jan Macartney

Jan Macartney's #MyBiosphere

Douglas Borough Librarian Jan Macartney is September's guest author in the #MyBiosphere series that features in Business 365 magazine, published by Mannin Media.

Saturday Stroll with Alex Wilson

Saturday Stroll with Alex Wilson

What is your favourite Saturday Stroll? This week, Alex Wilson, Chair of the Isle of Man Business Network, her partner Ali Morris and family dogs Jessie (Border Collie) and Cooper (Cavapoochon), take us their favourite stretch of the Raad ny Foillan.

Ramsey Bay Marine Nature Reserve

#MarineMondays: Ramsey Bay part three

Explore the Isle of Man's 10 Marine Nature Reserves (MNRs) on #MarineMondays. This week, in the final part of a three-part article, Dr Peter Duncan, Senior Marine Environment Officer for the Isle of Man Government, explains how cooperation between the fishing industry and scientists has led to a bumper harvest of some of the best scallops in the world.

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