Keeping a Tortoise as a pet
Oct05

Keeping a Tortoise as a pet

If you want to buy a tortoise you must be aware this is a lifetime commitment, tortoises have been known to live for 150 years. In some cultures, such as China, they symbolize longevity. You need to consider both the tortoise’s immediate and long-term needs, please always contact a reputable UK breeder, they can give you good advice and healthy animals. What do they eat? It is important to make sure they get plenty of food during the...

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Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Autumn Colour
Oct05

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Autumn Colour

Shuffling through crisp autumn leaves, raking them to reveal emerald green lawn and collecting the prettiest for a nature table are seasonal delights. Shuffling through crisp autumn leaves, raking them to reveal emerald green lawn and collecting the prettiest for a nature table are seasonal delights.  A good collection of trees and shrubs that turn brilliant bonfire colours ensures a good display and you can plant now. For...

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Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Apples and orchards
Oct05

Gardening on the Moor with Anne Swithinbank – Apples and orchards

In our family, the apple season is eagerly anticipated, when we can enjoy our own fruit from August to February. In our family, the apple season is eagerly anticipated, when we can enjoy our own fruit from August to February. As flowering, productive, wildlife friendly trees for small gardens, I can’t rate them too highly and there are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from. Not all suit the moor though and even local Devon...

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the big picture
Sep21

the big picture

Photographer Hamish Mitchell was dog walking on the top of Nattadon hill, overlooking the Dartmoor town of Chagford, the rain had just cleared and the sun had started to shine when he happened upon a group of rather wet Dartmoor ponies. Hamish used the camera on his mobile phone to take this stunning scene. Hamish regularly takes photographs for Country Life and Horse and Hound magazines, as well undertaking private...

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HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES OF DARTMOOR: The day a space rocket set Dartmoor ablaze
Sep21

HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES OF DARTMOOR: The day a space rocket set Dartmoor ablaze

The usual peace and quiet of a national park was interrupted earlier this month when a huge rocket was launched by a space tourism company in Northumberland National Park. Starchaser Industries, founded by Steve Bennett, fired the eight metre-long Skybolt 2 missile almost a mile into the sky before it broke into three pieces and returned to earth. But the successful launch was in stark contrast to Mr Bennett’s space bid in March 1998,...

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WW2 Indian Soldiers on Dartmoor
Sep21

WW2 Indian Soldiers on Dartmoor

An interesting talk by Ghee Bowman about Indian Soldiers stationed on Dartmoor and Devon is to be given this Monday. The talk hosted by Devon Rural Archive called ‘Crossing the Imperial Colour Bar: Muslim Indian Soldiers in Devon in World War Two’ is being co-hosted by the Devon History Society. Ghee Bowman, a PhD student at Exeter University, will give an Illustrated talk about the story of a wartime journey from the Punjab to...

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