Connect to nature
Mar07

Connect to nature

White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) feeding on a Wild carrot (Daucus carota) flowerhead, on the east side of Lundy Island, in the Bristol Channel, Devon © National Trust Images & Nick Upton I’ve written many articles about people’s connection to nature; it was an important theme in numerous essays I wrote at university and is something that just makes sense to me. If you have a connection with a special place, you’re more...

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Carbon neutral action
Feb25

Carbon neutral action

By Peter Embling Many towns and cities are aiming towards being carbon neutral, but Exeter City Council, after declaring a climate emergency, is beating many to the cause by setting out clear and deliverable plans to reach that goal by 2030. Exeter City Futures was asked to work in partnership with the city to create a clear delivery process, setting out the scale of it all plus provide a guide to what actions and investment would be...

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Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’
Feb21

Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’

The exponential rise in fly-tipping incidents has been blamed on a new type of organised crime network. The network has even been called the ‘new narcotics’. Experts researching the issue have concluded that criminal gangs are setting up fake businesses to collect waste, before dumping it in hired buildings. The cost to local authorities is said to be almost £60m in clean-up costs since 2012. Recent research has found that, across the...

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100,000 trees planted on Dartmoor
Feb10

100,000 trees planted on Dartmoor

There was a big gathering at Brook Manor, Buckfastleigh, on the first Sunday in February, when Moor Trees, the South Brent charity, celebrated the planting of 100,000 native trees across Dartmoor. Their patron, RSPB chair Kevin Cox was joined by staff, volunteers and Trustees to witness the marking of this titanic project. Adam Owen, Director of Moor Trees told The Moorlander: “Over that last 20 years Moor Trees has grown and planted...

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Cirl Bunting revival
Jan29

Cirl Bunting revival

I’ll admit I’ve never had a huge interest in birds but the sight of a buzzard or kestrel flying overhead is always a treat and I’ll always remember spotting what I believe was a Hen Harrier whilst on a winter walk near Winchester – the only one I’ve ever seen. I get a good variety of birds in my garden, most of which are easily identified and pretty common. I have a lovely hand made bird table and my bedroom window looks down into my...

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West Devon Council invites residents’ views
Jan17

West Devon Council invites residents’ views

Following its inception in May of last year, when a climate change and biodiversity emergency was declared, steps have now been agreed by the Council of Members of West Devon. It aims to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. The Council’s ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity Working Group’ has been working through ideas to produce a plan that will enable them to tackle the challenge in the most logical way. They acknowledge that this...

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