Tackling anxiety and isolation at  home with Butterfly Conservation
Apr07

Tackling anxiety and isolation at home with Butterfly Conservation

As we’re all being encouraged to spend more time in our homes and feeling the worry and anxiety of 24/7 news coverage of the global pandemic, Butterfly Conservation is suggesting a way to look after your mental health by spending time in your garden or outdoor spaces.  For those who are able to get outside, and who now perhaps have more opportunity to do so than normal, gardens across the UK are waking up to spring and there are...

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National honours for ORC runners
Mar29

National honours for ORC runners

It was a weekend of great performances by Okehampton runners, from juniors to the most senior members. The National X-Country Championships took place over an incredibly muddy and sticky course at Loughborough, which made for very tough going. Jo Page ran a strong 10k Ladies Race to come 4th of the Devon runners, with Matthew Richards also running very well to be 4th in the team in his race and Sam Priday 8th. Geoff Hill returned to...

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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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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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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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