MOOR OTTERS PROJECT RAISES THOUSANDS FOR DARTMOOR
Oct05

MOOR OTTERS PROJECT RAISES THOUSANDS FOR DARTMOOR

The Moor Otters project to raise money for Dartmoor National Park has been a resounding success with people from all over Europe coming to Dartmoor to seek out the beautifully painted otters. Launched in June, the Moor Otters project positioned 101 otter sculptures in various locations across Dartmoor and surrounding towns. The public arts initiative aims to raise £100,000 in support of Dartmoor National Park. The whole project has...

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Dartmoor the best place to see these astronomical sights
Oct05

Dartmoor the best place to see these astronomical sights

October is set to be a brilliant month for sky watchers on Dartmoor with the blood moon and two meteor showers including one radiating from the ancient constellation Draco. There will also be a chance to view some of the most spectacular planets in our solar system, with opportune viewing conditions. With so much to see this month, we have created this comprehensive guide to everything that will be happening in the skies, to make sure...

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Ancient Dartmoor Stones Microchipped
Oct05

Ancient Dartmoor Stones Microchipped

Over the years ancient stones and crosses have been taken off Dartmoor by thieves, so to combat the plunder of Dartmoor riches the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) have microchipped many of them. This means if the stones or crosses are stolen from the moor there is a possibility that they can be traced. But it’s not just ancient stones, it is also granite water troughs and mill stones that get stolen and they can be sold for up...

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Maternity unit in Okehampton to remain closed
Oct05

Maternity unit in Okehampton to remain closed

A further blow has been dealt to Okehampton Hospital after the NHS trust in charge announced that its maternity unit will remain closed into the New Year. The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has blamed ‘ongoing staff vacancies and long-term sickness absence’ for its decision to extend the closure of the birth centres at Okehampton and Honiton hospitals. A statement from the trust, said: ‘The extension means that women will...

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Educational course after farming deaths rise
Oct05

Educational course after farming deaths rise

Farming continues to be one of the most hazardous occupations in the UK and last year the South West saw the highest number of deaths. In the year to March 2017, there were seven fatal accidents in South West England, giving it the poorest record in the UK. Many more accidents caused serious and life changing injuries. To combat the grim death toll, the Farm Safety Foundation has been running unique training for students at Duchy and...

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Dartmoor’s First Guide James Perrott
Oct05

Dartmoor’s First Guide James Perrott

Canadian David Perrott and his wife Karin arrived in Chagford the other day with Dartmoor tour guide Alex Graeme. David’s great-great-grandfather was James Perrott, Dartmoor’s first ever moorland guide, who was born in 1815 near Gidleigh Mill and buried in the churchyard of St Michael’s Church Chagford. With the railway reaching Devon by the 1850’s there was an increased mobility among the middle-classes who wanted to see the country...

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