It turns out I might have been inspired to start this blog more than 20 years ago, and this story goes back even further than that.
This summer, I spent time on deserted beaches, lush hillsides, and walking in an unusual way up a beautiful glen in the Isle of Man.
And it’s not just me that thinks it’s special.
I was happy to learn that the Isle of Man is preparing to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
No, this doesn’t mean it’ll have a huge dome placed over the top of it, and the government will preserve it as it is for the next 100 years.
It means that the Island has a balanced and diverse mix of ecosystem and population, and that it’s worth well managing that mix.
Biosphere reserves are places where nature can flourish and the local economy can grow. I’m looking forward to seeing this project develop, especially as it will almost certainly help outdoor adventure and education organisations like the Venture Centre.
For more details and videos, go to the brand new Isle of Man Biosphere Vannin website.