Lifeline for wildflower meadows
Aug08

Lifeline for wildflower meadows

With wildflower meadows disappearing at an alarming rate through intensive grazing, ploughing and development, the UK has lost 97% of wildflower meadows since the 1930s. Now a new group ‘Moor Meadows’ has been set up to show how we can all help increase wildflower meadows across Dartmoor and beyond. A wildflower meadow does not have to be a vast field left to nature, it could a small plot of land in your garden. In a recent day-long...

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Join in the Big Butterfly Count
Jul25

Join in the Big Butterfly Count

President of Butterfly Conservation, Sir David Attenborough is urging the people of Dartmoor to take part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying...

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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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Pushed to the brink of extinction
Jun27

Pushed to the brink of extinction

A recent report by the Wildlife Trust has revealed that a fifth of Britain’s wild mammals are at risk of extinction, pushed to the brink by farming chemicals, loss of habitat, loss of nesting sites, cars, disease and the introduction of alien species. A number of mammals most at risk have seen their numbers decline rapidly over the last ten years. THE OTTER (IMPROVING) Pushed to the brink of extinction by farming chemicals leaching...

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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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