The Wildlife of Dartmoor

Dartmoor is important for its diverse wildlife and rich habitats. Projects are ensuring that important conservation work and the sharing of good practice are undertaken to benefit Dartmoor’s wildlife.

Red backed shrike
Moorland Birds: their history and future

This project aims to protect and celebrate Dartmoor’s special moorland birds. Many of our British upland birds are under threat, facing population declines and loss of habitat.

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Postbridge Haymeadows

This project aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the unique concentration of flower-rich haymeadows and pastures which remain in the areas around Postbridge and Dartmeet, through improvement in the management of existing meadows and involvement of the local community.

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Rhôs Pasture Main Pic
Natural Connections

Natural Connections aims to enhance natural networks within a number of wet valleys (known as Rhôs pasture) in the Moor than meets the eye area, and encourage better management of them. The wildlife found in these areas includes a number of nationally rare species, including one, the Bog Hoverfly, which is only found on Dartmoor. They require extensive, suitable and inter-connected habitats in order to survive.

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bat Vols at Night
Discovering the nature of the Bovey Valley

This project aims to protect and conserve key species, habitats and historic features of the Bovey Valley, part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. Together with other projects in the scheme it aims to foster deeper understanding and life-long interest in the area’s natural and cultural heritage, and engage local communities in all aspects of management.

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Discovering the nature of the Bovey Valley

This project aims to protect and conserve key species, habitats and historic features of the Bovey Valley, part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. Together with other projects in the scheme it aims to foster deeper understanding and life-long interest in the area’s natural and cultural heritage, and engage local communities in all aspects of management.

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Postbridge Haymeadows

This project aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the unique concentration of flower-rich haymeadows and pastures which remain in the areas around Postbridge and Dartmeet, through improvement in the management of existing meadows and involvement of the local community.

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Bat Diary part 6

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 feed on moths but specific information would require further work. A species list of around 20 night flying moths had previously been produced and needed updating.

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Last update: 25 Jan 2017 9:20am