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View from Ripon Tor over Foales Arrishes
New Survey of Rippon Tor PAL

21 Oct 2015

A new survey of Rippon Tor PAL has been commissioned by Moor than meets the eye to help archaeologists get a better understanding of this important landscape. The work was undertaken by Dr Phil Newman who is a leading expert in the field archaeology of Dartmoor.The objective of the work is to provide an up to date, geographically accurate record of archaeology within this sensitive area, in order to help counter a number of key risks to the cultural heritage identified in the project proposals. ...

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Close up of ivy growing on larch tree showing places where bats might roost
The wildlife benefits of ivy

20 Oct 2015

Ivy on trees is often the subject of great debate. On one hand it casts dense shade and on the other it’s a valuable source of late season nectar and provides other wildlife benefits. Earlier this month ecologists from Devon Wildlife Consultants surveyed Hisley Wood with a view to protecting some of the ivy clad larch trees above the derelict remains of Boveycombe farmstead ahead of the winter programme of woodland management. They were on site to provide advice to the felling team and to identi...

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Radio tracking barbastelle bats
Bat Diary part 7

20 Oct 2015

After a busy summer, Bristol University bat researcher Andy Carr and some dedicated volunteers got together at the Woodland Centre in Yarner Woods to review the Bovey Valley barbastelle bat tracking project. It all started back in April when the team of volunteers began training in the use of radio tracking and data recording equipment. Andy then set up a series of trapping nets to capture and tag bats and all was going well until the Dartmoor weather intervened. With various cold and unsettled ...

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One of the lichen lovers takes a closer look at beard lichen
Champions of a miniature world

20 Oct 2015

From a lichen’s perspective the Bovey Valley in East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve is an ideal home. In fact, Hisley Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest recognised for its assemblages of lichen, but having legal protection is only part of the story. To sustain these precious and rare species, more information is needed about the local lichen present in the woods. This is where the Lichen Lovers come in-to champion this miniature world. The Lichen Lovers are a group of enthusiastic a...

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Brimpts Tin Trail exhibition  after1
Discovering the Dartmoor Story of Tinworking

13 Oct 2015

DTRG volunteers have been working very hard on improvements to the Brimpts Tin Mines Trail and our project is going very well indeed!! Things are moving along very nicely, so well done to all! MTMTE funded 8 pop up display panels which were completed in June, and have been taken to seven events, and been seen by over 700 people! They are currently on display in our new display room at Brimpts Farm, which is bigger and brighter. The new room had been used as a store so the first job was to clea...

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Kit Hancock, South West Lakes inspects new path
Potter's Walk Improvements

23 Sep 2015

Existing trails at Fernworthy Reservoir are being upgraded; which will allow access to some parts of the Lake to those who are less agile. Kit Hancock, South West Lakes Trust local Warden, visited Fernworthy last Friday to check the progress of the contractors, ‘Landmarc’, who are undertaking the work. Kit said, “It is great to see Potter’s Walk almost complete and usable again. This short, lakeside walk has always been popular with many people. Landmarc are a good company to have on the job as...

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Moth trapping as part of the Barbastelle bat project
Bat Diary part 6

17 Aug 2015

While the sun descended over Trendlebere Down one August evening a small group of naturalists gathered. Along with Andy Carr, bat researcher from the University of Bristol, Barry Henwood and Bob Heckford brought their specialist knowledge of moths. Andy and his team of volunteers has previously revealed some of the foraging habits of the rare barbastelle bats of the Bovey Valley and now he needs to know more about the range and availability of their food. It’s well known that the bats tend to fe...

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Celebration Event 2015 at Bonehill
Celebration Event

16 Jul 2015

Children from Ashburton and Moretonhampstead schools braved the elements on Tuesday to walk to one of Dartmoor’s finest beauty spots, Bonehill Rocks. They paraded banners and flags they had designed, inspired by the story of Dartmoor and their ancestors who farmed it....

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Fernworthy Lidar day
Fernworthy LiDAR Day

22 May 2015

LiDAR mapping is a relatively new technique to enable digital aerial photographs to be taken of the landscape. It has great potential to help archaeologists explore the landscape and look for clues of previous human inhabitation. During the development of the scheme we surveyed Fernworthy, Bellever, Soussons and the East Dartmoor NNR. The LiDAR is able to see through the woodland canopy and map the forest floor to enable us to see a landscape without trees. We met with an enthusiastic group of ...

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Last update: 07 Jun 2016 8:26am