Wild flower meadows decline by 97%
Jul11

Wild flower meadows decline by 97%

Wild flower meadows should be granted the same protection as ancient woodland a conservation charity Plantlife say. Intensive grazing, ploughing and development have reduced wild flower meadows by 97% since the 1930s. Plantlife have a plan that calls for the creation of 300,000 acres of meadows (the size of Bedfordshire) over the next 25 years and for ‘legislative protection’. The charity says that wild strawberries, ragged robin and...

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Dogs, eggs and laughter at Belstone
Jul11

Dogs, eggs and laughter at Belstone

Belstone is always beautiful with a stunning backdrop in one of this county’s prettiest villages, but on the day of the village fair it was bathed in sunshine and baking on the hottest day of the year. Most of the hundreds of people who attended made for the shade of the trees with ice creams or lollies in hand to watch the dog racing organised by Ian Brackenby which had the spectators in fits of laughter, followed by the star...

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COULD THIS BE YOU?
Jul11

COULD THIS BE YOU?

Maybe this was you in this beautiful photograph taken from Meldon across Dartmoor into the sunset while photographer Sarah Clarke was out for an evening walk with her husband Richard and their new puppy. Sarah spotted this couple embracing and took this delightful picture. Sarah, a photographer from the nearby town of Chagford, would like to find the couple just so she can send them a copy as a keepsake. If you are the couple or you...

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Objections to Whiddon Down farm shop plans
Jun27

Objections to Whiddon Down farm shop plans

Plans for a new farm shop development, ancillary café and childrens soft play area on land north of the A30 have been put forward by Vivian Bennett to Drewsteignton Parish Council. Mr Bennett lives in Spreyton and the land in question is on the Hittisleigh road from the junction with the old A30 at Whiddon Down. Over fifty members of the public attended the public meeting recently with no one speaking in support of the application. Mr...

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Horsemanship and falconry in harmony
Jun27

Horsemanship and falconry in harmony

Wildlife photographer Hazel Mansell-Greenwood has photographed falconer Martin Whitley with his bird of prey many times but the last set of photographs Hazel took are thought to have captured an incredible display of horsemanship and falconry with Barny, a Peregrine falcon, flying under three former racehorse’s legs. “Finally after the sixth time I dived to the floor and started shooting,” said Hazel. “Martin was dangling the lure...

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