Cuckooing on Dartmoor
Jul21

Cuckooing on Dartmoor

By wildlife photographer John Deakins I have been a wildlife photographer for about 20 years. I’m also a very experienced moor walker having walked the moors every other weekend for the past 35 years. My father introduced me to Dartmoor letterboxing which is my other passion. I have had photos published by Devon Wildlife, Exeter Echo, BBC, Springwatch, Dartmoor news One magazine and many more. Cuckoos have always been a favourite of...

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Dr Iain Stewart:  ‘We need to go forward as collectively as possible”
Jul20

Dr Iain Stewart: ‘We need to go forward as collectively as possible”

Dr Iain Stewart is a geologist known for BBC Science shows such as Men of Rock and How the Earth Made Us. His enthusiasm for geology and Earth Science is both infectious and unrelenting. Most of us were lucky enough to have that one teacher at school who instilled a passion for a given subject. So when the BBC decided that they would use expert presenters, Professor Stewart, Brian Cox, Neil Oliver and the likes, they made a conscious...

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Devon schools may have to close on Friday afternoons
Jul19

Devon schools may have to close on Friday afternoons

A Devon County Councillor has warned that schools in Devon could have to close on Friday afternoons due to budget shortfalls. Councillor Rob Hannaford the chairman of Devon County Council’s scrutiny committee, said he was ”convinced” that schools in Devon would join schools in other parts of the country. The Councillor warned: “The long term gross underfunding of Devon’s schools is a great scandal that needs addressing urgently to...

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Do you remember the moon landing 50 years on?
Jul18

Do you remember the moon landing 50 years on?

What represented a giant leap for mankind was undoubtedly a moment to savour for those who watched from Earth as the Apollo 11 mission completed its successful landing on the Moon half a century ago. Eight years on from the announcement in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, stating his ambition to put a man on the Moon, 500 million people across the planet tuned in via radio and television to witness man’s first steps on the surface...

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Appeal launched to give Patch a new ‘leash’ of life
Jul17

Appeal launched to give Patch a new ‘leash’ of life

It was a chance meeting with 15 year old Abbie Hicks and her mother Hazel who were on holiday from Spain visiting relatives in Hatherleigh, that has given Patch – a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross born with deformed front legs – renewed hope for corrective surgery. For Patch’s owner, Russell French, to personally fund the cost of the essential surgery is out of the question, while his insurance company has refused to meet...

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