Natural England responds
Oct30

Natural England responds

Things are rarely ever as simple as they appear on the surface and the contentious subject of grazing in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is no exception. In fact, underlying all the perceived politics of Higher Level Stewardship and other similar agreements, commoners and graziers often have to deal with their own local politics, the likes of which outsiders are completely unaware. It is always a balancing act, one that...

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Devon woodlands contribute to ground-breaking AI study to help protect bats
Oct30

Devon woodlands contribute to ground-breaking AI study to help protect bats

The hidden habits of England’s rare woodland bats are being revealed in ways never seen before thanks to ground-breaking new technology piloted by Forestry England and the Bat Conservation Trust. This pilot succeeded in recording and identifying nearly two million bat calls in summer 2019 in West Country woodlands including Lydford, near Tavistock, and Elfordleigh, near Plympton. The study is a huge step forward in understanding the...

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Historic England supports Tavistock’s Drake Statue Project
Oct30

Historic England supports Tavistock’s Drake Statue Project

© Richard Downer Tavistock Heritage Trust has been awarded a £14,750 grant by Historic England to develop a major educational project around the story of Sir Francis Drake. Working in partnership with Tavistock Town Council, Tavistock Rotary Club, Tavistock College and Mount Kelly School, THT is developing a school’s learning programme that will cover all the many aspects of Drake’s history. This will include his circumnavigation of...

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A record-breaking year of Hospiscare donations from Darts Farm pick-your-own sunflowers
Oct30

A record-breaking year of Hospiscare donations from Darts Farm pick-your-own sunflowers

Over the summer months visitors were drawn to Darts Farm’s vibrant yellow fields of pick-your-own sunflowers. These positive and cheerful flowers have raised a total of £6,542 for Darts Farm’s chosen local charity, Hospiscare, with a running total of £38,554.75 raised over the past 12 years. Michael Dart said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity to help make our pick-your-own sunflowers for Hospiscare a record-breaking year....

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Wray Valley cycle trail could extend to Chagford
Oct30

Wray Valley cycle trail could extend to Chagford

Cllr Nicky Heyworth with fellow cyclists at the start of the Wray trail, Moretonhampstead © Chris Saville The Wray Valley Trail, which links Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead via Lustleigh, should be extended further to Chagford, according to the town’s West Devon Borough Councillor Nicky Heyworth. 18 enthusiastic cyclists from both Chagford and Moretonhampstead joined Cllr Heyworth on Sunday morning, 25th October, on the Wray Valley...

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