State of Nature report is damning
Oct18

State of Nature report is damning

kingfisher by Shantanu Kuveskar With many species lost and others on the brink of decline, we will have to change the way we live, eat, and farm this land. The warnings are clear in the latest State of Nature 2019 report published last week. 70 organisations took part to produce the report which is a damning document on how human impacts are changing this country’s wildlife. Sir David Attenborough has called for tough planning laws to...

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HIGHLAND CATTLE ON DARTMOOR
Oct07

HIGHLAND CATTLE ON DARTMOOR

The Highland cattle that you see on Dartmoor are wonderful site, especially at this time of year with the autumn sun lighting up that long wavy woolly coat and with those spectacular long horns. They’re a hardy breed, originally from the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and were first mentioned in the 6th Century. The first herd book described two distinct types of Highland cattle, but after cross breeding between the two...

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Successful festival for Chagfilm
Oct05

Successful festival for Chagfilm

The Chagford Film Festival had another successful week, starting with a champagne reception at the Globe Inn and a light show on the Market House in the town Square. The town was buzzing with shops joining in by having film themed shop windows that you had to guess what the film was. Some people attending watched up to three films a day. The final evening had to be rearranged because of a heavy downfall of rain; just on cue the...

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Bovey names roads after fallen heroes
Oct04

Bovey names roads after fallen heroes

The Dartmoor town of Bovey Tracey has named a number of roads on a new housing estate after some of the town’s soldiers who died during the First World War. The housing estate was being built a hundred years after the Great War so it was felt naming roads on the estate would be a fitting tribute to the men who died. A naming ceremony took place recently with many families and people with family ties to the fallen soldiers taking part,...

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The lost paintings of Manaton
Sep23

The lost paintings of Manaton

‘A Manaton Century’, a beautiful new book has been launched by writer Simon Butler after the discovery of ‘lost paintings’ and drawings by artist and teacher William Henry Jones. His granddaughter has given sixty paintings and drawings to raise money for local causes. William Henry Jones moved to Manaton to teach at the village school in the early 1900s until his death in 1923. While many of the approximately 400 paintings and...

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