Future of Dartmoor Railway still unclear
Jan25

Future of Dartmoor Railway still unclear

Taken with NightCap A fortnight ago Okehampton-based Dartmoor Railway which is currently operated by Dartmoor Railway Community Interest Company (DRCIC), was packaged for sale by its US owners IOWA Pacific, the troubled holding company of British American Railway Services (BARS). Campaign group OkeRail, which has fought to reintroduce a regular passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter for the last ten years, expressed...

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How you can help Devon’s top birds this month
Jan24

How you can help Devon’s top birds this month

Robin, Erithacus rubecula Both across the country and here in Devon, house sparrows topped the rankings in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch results last year, despite wider national decline. As a UK wide citizen science project, the initiative has been recording the winners and losers in the garden bird world for over four decades, with half a million people expected to take part this January. This year, people across Devon are set to...

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Local transport links for new decade still on track
Jan24

Local transport links for new decade still on track

© Network Rail Following the government’s controversial support of crisis airline Flybe, the Department for Transport have announced that they will be conducting a review of all regional transport services across the country. This will include airports, rail services, and other key transport links. So how will the government plans affect the south west, in particular Dartmoor and wider Devon? Surely long-established plans and...

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The Dartmoor fires partnership and its important role
Jan24

The Dartmoor fires partnership and its important role

By Rob Steemson As in many regions of the world, wild fires in the countryside are projected to become more prevalent in the United Kingdom as temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent. Experience in recent years of both small and large vegetation fires that have occurred across various parts of Britain have increasingly putting extra pressure on the Emergency Services and those that care, work and look after this important...

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Whiddon Down farm shop faces more opposition
Jan24

Whiddon Down farm shop faces more opposition

The application to build a farm shop and café at Whiddon Down has once again been put on hold. The original application was made in December 2018 and although Dartmoor National Park, whose boundary lies just 250 metres away, had no objection, there was considerable opposition from locals and the parish councils of Drewsteignton and Hittisleigh. Ward Member Cllr Paul Ridgers of Drewsteignton Parish Council stated: “My reasons for...

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