Recycling in West Devon is Rubbish
Apr05

Recycling in West Devon is Rubbish

After a call to the office from a Moorlander reader, The Moorlander thought it important to investigate plastic recycling across the Dartmoor area. Different borough councils have different recycling rules and it appears that this is accepted without challenge. But why can Teignbridge residents put plastic packaging in their kerbside boxes and West Devon cannot? South Hams can only recycle plastic bottles, but you can put Tetra Paks...

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Safe Bee Pesticides
Apr05

Safe Bee Pesticides

An international team led jointly by Exeter University scientists have had a breakthrough that could lead to bee safe pesticides. Farmers widely use chemicals known as neonicotinoids to control insects on their land and this has been blamed for the collapse in the bee and bumblebee population. The bees and bumblebees pollinate crops and flowers. Scientists from Exeter, Rothampsted Research and Bayer AG have discovered that two kinds...

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Green Issues: Farming for the future
Mar22

Green Issues: Farming for the future

We’ve had some pretty extreme weather recently. For just a couple of days, before the Beast from the East hit, I would look out of my kitchen window at the primroses, stand in the sunshine and feel an irresistible urge to eat salad. That’s what happens in spring, you see. Our bodies come out of hibernation and we stop craving hearty, heavy soups and stews and head towards the cucumbers and raw carrots instead. Then it snowed. It’s...

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Green Issues: Power of Passions
Mar08

Green Issues: Power of Passions

I receive a large number of emails asking me to sign this petition, share that petition, email my MP about this or that…and it got me thinking about the wide range of people’s passions. We are all aware of the huge push to reduce plastic right now and that has come from one person’s lifelong passion for the environment and the natural world. Sir David Attenborough has been an inspiration to generations and his programmes have no...

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That’s not my badger!
Feb23

That’s not my badger!

My background is in environmental education and this is a subject that I think is more important than ever right now. As a race we have become so bogged down in the daily running of our lives that we form a bubble around ourselves that appears to limit our vision of the wider world. I am guilty of this too, sometimes. You can forget that there is so much beauty and wonder in the world if you only stop to take a moment. As children,...

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Wildlife affected by pollution at Stover
Feb08

Wildlife affected by pollution at Stover

Trees are being cut down at Stover Country Park to help improve the water quality at the Nature Reserve. Over the years, water run-off from the A38 and Drumbridges roundabout has carried pollution from traffic, such as oil and metal residue from vehicle brakes, into the lake at the Country Park. This, along with other factors, has contributed to the poor water quality of the lake and reduced the diversity of wildlife in the park, says...

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