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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MP visits fire station under  threat of closure
Jul16

MP visits fire station under threat of closure

After Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service announced that it is considering operational changes which they describe as potentially the biggest shake-up in 50 years, Central Devon MP Mel Stride visited Ashburton Fire Station to meet with firefighters who would be affected by its closure. The proposals which are going to a 12-week public consultation could affect three stations in the MP’s constituency. All 6 options on the table...

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The Ballad of Mary Whyddon premiere
Jul15

The Ballad of Mary Whyddon premiere

In the classic tale of Lorna Doone written by RD Blackmore, Lorna was shot dead on her wedding day, and in the story all the events are set on the admittedly beautiful and enigmatic wilds of Exmoor. However, author RD Blackmore’s tale was inspired by the story of Mary Whyddon who was actually shot as she emerged from Chagford Church on her wedding day in 1641. The film ‘The Ballad of Mary Whyddon’ is to premiere in St Michael the...

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Swifts on television are prime time viewing
Jul14

Swifts on television are prime time viewing

Swifts are nesting in special nesting boxes in the belfry of St Michael the Archangel Church in Chagford and this year for the first time you can see them nesting. Two of the nesting boxes have been fitted with tiny CCTV cameras which are linked to a television monitor inside the church which is open to the public. The boxes were placed behind the ancient stone louvres in the bell tower while the bells were rehung in 2016; you can’t...

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JUNIOR REPORTER REQUIRED
Jul12

JUNIOR REPORTER REQUIRED

As The Moorlander’s circulation, readership and sales continue to expand across Dartmoor and beyond, we now seek a junior reporter to join our over-worked editorial team. The applicant must live within The Moorlander’s circulation area, be familiar with Dartmoor and possess a dedicated, committed and eager-to-learn nature, while reliability and punctuality is paramount. The role will be based at our new offices in Okehampton but will...

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