100,000 trees planted on Dartmoor
Feb10

100,000 trees planted on Dartmoor

There was a big gathering at Brook Manor, Buckfastleigh, on the first Sunday in February, when Moor Trees, the South Brent charity, celebrated the planting of 100,000 native trees across Dartmoor. Their patron, RSPB chair Kevin Cox was joined by staff, volunteers and Trustees to witness the marking of this titanic project. Adam Owen, Director of Moor Trees told The Moorlander: “Over that last 20 years Moor Trees has grown and planted...

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Cirl Bunting revival
Jan29

Cirl Bunting revival

I’ll admit I’ve never had a huge interest in birds but the sight of a buzzard or kestrel flying overhead is always a treat and I’ll always remember spotting what I believe was a Hen Harrier whilst on a winter walk near Winchester – the only one I’ve ever seen. I get a good variety of birds in my garden, most of which are easily identified and pretty common. I have a lovely hand made bird table and my bedroom window looks down into my...

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West Devon Council invites residents’ views
Jan17

West Devon Council invites residents’ views

Following its inception in May of last year, when a climate change and biodiversity emergency was declared, steps have now been agreed by the Council of Members of West Devon. It aims to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. The Council’s ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity Working Group’ has been working through ideas to produce a plan that will enable them to tackle the challenge in the most logical way. They acknowledge that this...

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Green Issues: Positive climate change news
Dec31

Green Issues: Positive climate change news

This year was the hottest year on record. Temperatures reached 38.7 degrees in Cambridge – the hottest ever recorded in the UK. Fires devastated California, Greece, the Arctic and continue to burn in Australia. In fact, data from the Sentinel-3 World Fire Atlas shows that there were almost five times as many wildfires in August 2019 compared to August 2018. And David Bellamy died. However, this is the end of 2019 and I believe it’s...

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Green Issues: Plastic… less waste more speed
Dec20

Green Issues: Plastic… less waste more speed

Are we getting a bit fed up with hearing about plastic all the time? Is it one of those things that we know is important but it’s making us dig our heels in with the ‘greenies’ ramming it down our throats constantly? Probably. However, I am amazed at what has been achieved in such a small amount of time. Since David Attenborough’s programme that enlightened us all to the huge problem of plastic, there have been some real changes...

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Aiming towards a net-zero Devon
Dec16

Aiming towards a net-zero Devon

By Peter Embling The Devon Youth Parliament drew together a Devon Youth Climate Forum of climate experts, plus over a hundred of Devon’s students, to discuss how best to reduce carbon emissions in the county. It was all part of contributing to the goals of the Devon Carbon Plan, ‘a Net-Zero Task Force … which will use its specialist knowledge and experience to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan. This will consider the earliest,...

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