UK Bioregional Community of Practice

Welcome to the UK Bioregional Community of Practice, a place to bring together the bioregional community. The group began as a conversation started by BLC and now has seven bioregions that share learning. We have a vision to put in place a knowledge commons framework to collectively hold the knowledge and share it with new bioregions as well as with researchers.

Bristol Avon UK

“Can we deepen a connection, our sense of belonging to this land of rivers where we live, and upon which we depend? And through connecting with its unique potential unlock sustainable social, environmental and economic change in this region which can both restore the environment and create sustainable, healthy and flourishing living for the local population in harmony with nature? We are curious as to what economic model could best serve these aspirations (taxing scarcity and supporting abundance?)”

Bristol River Avon Bioregion Group website

The Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge looking towards Bristol.

Ivinghoe Beacon looking north by Pointillist. CC BY-SA 3.0

Chilterns UK

“We seek to find ways to respect our relationship with the land, to restore our understanding of the Natural systems that support us and remember our roles as stewards of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so as to build ecological resilience, now and for future generations.”

Clyde Scotland

“The way I think of bioregioning and how it could happen in my place is that we learn about its natural and human history, meeting our needs by restoring, maintaining and enhancing carrying capacity, without compromising other bioregions’ ability to thrive. We celebrate our bioregional vitality through our cultural and economic life.”

Sunset on the Clyde by Patrick Mackie. CC BY-SA 2.0

Moray Firth from Findhorn Beach by F. Leask. CC BY-SA 3.0

Moray Firth Scotland 

“Cultivating coherence and a collective sense of bio-cultural identity, across political boundaries, to support and connect economic, cultural, and ecological climate resilience and regenerative potential, at a landscape scale. Providing a backbone, a collective touchpoint for cross-sector connection and collaboration.”

Tayside Scotland

“Bioregioning is a response to the planetary emergency we are facing. It revitalises and reinvigorates how we humans think about our presence on this planet and how we act. By challenging us to see a geographic area – a place – first and foremost through its natural infrastructure instead of the infrastructure humans have designed, Bioregioning offers us the opportunity to reperceive our interdependence with the natural world and take action to restore and regenerate it.”

Bioregioning Tayside website

John Thackara and friends on Alyth Hill by Clare Cooper.

Thames Head in flood, March 2020 by MikeBWells. CC BY-SA 3.0

Thames Headwaters UK

“Deepening the knowledge and appreciation that we, all the people of Oxford(shire), are dependent on the water courses, eco-systems, flora, fauna, fungi/lichens, and each other. One for all and all for one, in creating sources of material and spiritual sustenance.”

“Connecting Oxford people to the land the city depends on – for its water, its insects, its birds, for the potential of local food production, for a land we can sing into our spiritual health. The kaleidoscope of our surrounding ecosystems. How big is the circle we can call our home?”

We work in and at the intersection of economy, ecology, learning, arts and culture and the gaps in between.