Bee positive
Mar28

Bee positive

It’s taken me a long time to write this piece. What can I say about Green Issues when the pandemic is at the forefront of everything we do and think about? Did I wash my hands before I started work? Before I ate that crumpet for lunch? Do I have enough food in stock? Green what? Green Issues? Heck, I don’t know! But today the sun is shining for the first time in what feels like months. The sky is blue instead of grey and there is a...

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Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings
Mar27

Barratt to rehome rare cirl buntings

A plan to build 187 new homes close to Paignton is approved for Barratt Homes, but not without cost. The scheme includes Barratt Homes paying for the rehoming of five pairs of cirl buntings. The species is only found in the south of Cornwall and Devon, but mostly Devon and especially around Kingsbridge. It was first identified in this area by pioneering ornithologist George Montagu and recorded in his book from 1802, Ornithological...

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The Big Picture
Mar26

The Big Picture

Chagford from Meldon Hill by Eleanor ludgate

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Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery.  Founder of Toronto.  Laid to Rest in Devon.
Mar24

Histories & Mysteries: Abolisher of Slavery. Founder of Toronto. Laid to Rest in Devon.

Travelling a few miles North East of Exeter, just outside Dunkeswell in East Devon, you’ll come across a small, charming chapel. What is most unusual about it, however, is that it flies the Canadian flag despite being situated in the middle of the English countryside. Why, I hear you ask? Well, Wolford Chapel is the burial site of Lord Simcoe, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and it is the property of the Canadian province of...

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Exeter to Manchester flights rescued
Mar23

Exeter to Manchester flights rescued

After the collapse of Flybe recently, concerns were raised as to the loss of the South West’s connectivity to the rest of the country and beyond. It has now been announced that regional airline Blue Islands has rescued flight routes from Exeter to Manchester and will be operating multiple daily flights. Rob Veron, CEO of Blue Islands commented: “We understand the importance of regional connectivity, with 120,000 passengers flying...

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Researching plastics in UK national parks
Mar22

Researching plastics in UK national parks

A scientific expedition has been launched to investigate plastic pollution in all the UK’s national parks, following the discovery of microplastics at the top of Snowdon. An outdoor swimmer, a scientist and an environmental organisation have teamed-up to test the water at some of the country’s most iconic locations. The expedition will see campaigner Laura Sanderson swim nearly 1,000km through all fifteen of the UK’s national parks....

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