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.

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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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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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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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Conservation Assistant (Volunteer) Graduate Opportunity

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Job Vacancy

Would you like to work in one of the most distinctive landscapes in the country? This is a unique opportunity to lead a new and exciting project to engage young people with the iconic Dart Valley, on Dartmoor. As part of Moor than meets the eye, our HLF Landscape Partnership scheme, this project will help tell the Dartmoor Story; of how people have lived with and affected the landscape of Dartmoor over 4,000 years.The Dart Valley attracts thousands of visitors each year, putting pressure on its special qualities. You will lead a project to help visitors get closer to nature and develop a better understanding of their impact on the valley. You will develop and deliver a programme of targeted events to celebrate its incredible wildlife and engage young people through a film project which will provide training in film making skills, mentoring and support.The successful candidate will be well organised, an excellent communicator and able to work confidently and independently. They will have experience of managing projects, running events and working with young people. A passion for Dartmoor and it’s wildlife is a must.

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Wonderful Woodlands

Young naturalists got a chance to explore one of Dartmoor's best woodlands at the weekend as part of our Spring Woodland Festival. The Festival was organised so that families could meet wildlife experts, go on guided walks or take part in hands on activities. There were also plenty of other things to enjoy from storytelling and cool jazz to a fabulous barbeque run by the local scouts. Over 200 came along to learn more about Dartmoor's woodland wildlife despite there being plenty of alternative distractions such as the Royal Wedding and it being a perfect beach day!For those wishing to get away from it all it was the perfect retreat. As visitors walked from their cars they dropped down into the fresh leaved woods, following flags painted by local schoolchildren, until they emerged from the forest into a secret kingdom full of natures secrets to be discovered.The event was all about raising everyone's awareness of Dartmoor's wildlife and was supported by local and national wildlife organisations including RSPB, Woodland Trust, Natural England, Devon Reptile and Amphibian Group, Devon Wildlife Trust, National Trust and Butterfly Conservation.The smooth running of the event was down to the hard work of a team of staff and volunteers from NE, WT and MTMTE and all the other wildlife organisations, without whom this event could not take place. So a huge thank you to all of them for working so tirelessly throughout the day

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Last update: 25 Jan 2017 9:20am