Burning times
Sep13

Burning times

30 years ago, when I was in primary school, I wrote a poem that was chosen to be published in a children’s poetry book about the natural world. I can’t remember it now, but I do remember it was about the Amazon rainforest and how I couldn’t understand why grown-ups couldn’t see the damage that was being done by cutting down the trees. Massive deforestation started in the Amazon in the late 1960s, which means it had been happening for...

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DARTMOOR’S MOOR MEADOWS MAP
Sep06

DARTMOOR’S MOOR MEADOWS MAP

Map made using google maps The Dartmoor Community Group last year set up ‘Moor Meadows’, where people were requested to donate large or small bits of land in and around Dartmoor to become wildflower meadows. Moor Meadows has now produced an online map where you can see the size and location of each meadow; in one case a meadow has been made on a roof of a shed in Chagford which is 0.01 acres. Nicky Scott’s shed roof meadow was...

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Dartmoor National Park declares climate emergency
Aug13

Dartmoor National Park declares climate emergency

A number of members and followers of Extinction Rebellion (XR) took their demands for Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) to declare a climate emergency to a meeting at Parke, the headquarters off the DNPA, near Bovey Tracey. Carrying banners, the group demanded a climate emergency be declared that the DNPA become carbon neutral by 2025. The group held an impromptu meeting outside in the garden before they were led into the DNPA...

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Small changes towards  a zero waste lifestyle
Aug02

Small changes towards a zero waste lifestyle

As residents of Dartmoor head to the National Park headquarters to demand action against climate change, Extinction Rebellion are gearing up for a summer of rebellion to keep the pressure on the government to act now against the climate catastrophe that may just be averted if everyone pulls their finger out. By now we’ll know who we’re to have as our new Prime Minister – chances are its Boris Johnson who I once thought would make a...

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MILLIONS OF PAINTED  LADIES ON THEIR WAY
Jul28

MILLIONS OF PAINTED LADIES ON THEIR WAY

A potential mass influx of butterflies to the UK has led for a call for hundreds of volunteers to help count them. Every ten years, millions of painted lady butterflies arrive in a mass migration. Butterfly Conservation said that unusually high numbers of painted ladies had been spotted in Europe, heading towards the UK. The charity is urging people to take part in the annual ‘Big Butterfly Count’ to see if this year will be a...

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The return of the pine marten
Jul03

The return of the pine marten

The body of a European pine marten has been discovered by a farmer on Dartmoor. The species was thought to have been extinct in the region for decades, with some populations in pockets of Scotland, Ireland and Northern England. Ash Symons found the dead European pine marten on his land near Christow in the Teign Valley. Pine martens were last seen in the west of England in the 1960s. The 29-year-old said: “My girlfriend and I were...

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