Cycling deaths hit five-year high
Oct05

Cycling deaths hit five-year high

Figures released have shown that cycling fatalities have hit a five year high across the country. Official figures revealed 1,792 people were killed on the roads in 2016 – up 62, or four per cent, according to the Department of Transport. The number of car occupants killed (816) was up 8 per cent, pedestrian deaths (448) rose 10 per cent while cycling fatalities (102) were up 2 per cent. The number of children dying rose 28 per cent...

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Dartmoor is on alert for Asian hornets
Oct05

Dartmoor is on alert for Asian hornets

Beekeepers across the West Country have been alerted after an Asian hornet has been found in Devon. The hornet has spread across mainland Europe devastating bee colonies. The Asian hornet feeds off the honeybees and wild bees which pollinate the plants that provide us with food. Professor Juliet Osborne of Exeter University has said that the Asian hornet can fly long distances and has caused severe problems for French beekeepers: “The...

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the big picture
Sep21

the big picture

Photographer Hamish Mitchell was dog walking on the top of Nattadon hill, overlooking the Dartmoor town of Chagford, the rain had just cleared and the sun had started to shine when he happened upon a group of rather wet Dartmoor ponies. Hamish used the camera on his mobile phone to take this stunning scene. Hamish regularly takes photographs for Country Life and Horse and Hound magazines, as well undertaking private...

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Green Issues: WIND POWER IS EVEN CHEAPER THAN NUCLEAR
Sep21

Green Issues: WIND POWER IS EVEN CHEAPER THAN NUCLEAR

The cost of wind power is at an all-time low. Offshore wind energy cost has dropped because of larger, more efficient turbines and selling the energy by auction has encouraged competitive bidding. The cost is measured by ‘levelising’ which means the production price of each MWh of power is averaged over the lifetime of the ‘plant’ that produces it. Wind generated power is now at roughly £97 per MWh, making it cheaper than nuclear...

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UK’s first digital detection sniffer dogs
Sep21

UK’s first digital detection sniffer dogs

Sniffer dogs Rob and Tweed are ahead the game when it comes to detecting digital devices in South Devon like mobile phones, hard drives and computers. The Devon and Cornwall Police duo are the UK’s only hired ‘digital storage detection’ dogs. They join the force’s dedicated Drone Squad in another first for the pioneering two counties constabulary. Tweed, a 19-month-old Springer Spaniel, and Rob, a 20-month-old black Labrador, are the...

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Futuristic plan for  Dartmoor leisure centres
Sep21

Futuristic plan for Dartmoor leisure centres

A multi-million pound investment is due to begin to improve a variety of Devon’s leisure centres. Ivybridge, Tavistock and Parklands in Okehampton are among the centres which will be revamped as part of an £8 million, three-year programme. The improvement plans are now on display for viewing at each leisure centre. Fusion Lifestyle, in partnership with South Hams District and West Devon Borough Council, will kick-start the investment...

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