Conserving Dartmoor

The scheme is delivering projects to help share and maintain the skills to look after Dartmoor for future generations. This will include the launch of the “Dartmoor Diploma”; a formal qualification which will help people gain these skills.

Chagford Hut Circle
Volunteering

This project will provide a coordinated approach so that volunteers have a central point of contact for the scheme to help them find the right opportunities to get involved in.

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Ponies
Pony Herd Identification

The aim of the project is to ensure that there is an informed and ongoing interest in the ponies on the Moor by the general public, and through that a wider interest in the history, amenities and activities on Dartmoor as a whole.

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Otter survey
EcoSkills-Conservation Assistants

A training programme for new graduates (or industrial placement students) to develop their vocational experience. Trainees will be offered a year’s tailored formal training that includes key vocational qualifications (e.g. for chainsaw and pesticides application) as well as the opportunity to obtain a Dartmoor Diploma in Landscape Conservation level II or III. Although the traineeships will be on a voluntary basis, a small bursary will be awarded to help with travel and subsistence costs.

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Hedge Laying Training
Heritage Skills Training

This project will deliver a diverse programme of training to meet the needs identified within the Moor than meets the eye Skills Audit. It will help to address the risks to the landscape heritage of changing farming practices and the loss of traditional skills, whilst also encompassing business and tourism aspects within its scope.

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Repaired Wall
Ancient boundaries, modern farming

A grant scheme to help repair significant walls and gateways which are clearly visible from the highway or well used access routes. Interpretation to raise public awareness of the importance of respecting stone walls. There has been a gradual deterioration over decades of Dartmoor’s stone walls due to weather, careless clambering by visitors and government grants favouring fencing over stone wall restoration.

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Poundsgate Repair
Ponies, Pounds and Driftways

A project to work with pony keepers on Dartmoor and to identify and implement repairs to a number of pounds and driftways. The Dartmoor pony reflects a vital part of the human story of Dartmoor. They were initially used to transport goods and latterly, with their selective grazing of moorland, they play a vital role in maintaining a variety of habitats and supporting wildlife.

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Students on a field trip
Conservation Apprentices

This project will deliver two 2 year conservation apprentices working alongside the DNPA Conservation Works Team and Rangers to deliver practical conservation and access related work on the ground and engage with the public.

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Filming in the Dart Valley
Dart Valley In Focus

This project has aimed to give five young people a platform to articulate their view of the natural world to a wider audience, by providing training in film making skills, mentoring and support. It has focused on the incredible heritage of the Dart Valley and challenged the film makers to look at the positive and negative impacts that people have on the Dart Valley, Dartmoor and the wider countryside.

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Conservation Apprentices

This project will deliver two 2 year conservation apprentices working alongside the DNPA Conservation Works Team and Rangers to deliver practical conservation and access related work on the ground and engage with the public.

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Fernworthy LiDAR Day

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 volunteers on Thursday 23rd April to look at some of the maps produced by LiDAR and to try out the technique of "ground truthing". We had identified features we already knew about from the HER and marked them on the LiDAR maps and we also highlighted potential features. The day was an attempt to match up the mapping with features on the ground to see what things were picked up- how big a feature might have to be- how easy it might be to miss features. The day proved to be very interesting - sadly we didn't discover a new hut circle! but we did identify the continuation of some wall features- all of which is potentially very exciting. The next step will be to develop the project into a formal survey and to help potential volunteers develop skills to manipulate the LiDAR data and to survey it on the ground. If you would like to find out more or get involved please contact Andy at andy@moorthanmeetstheeye.org A big thank you to all those who came along on the day.

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Dart Valley In Focus

This project has aimed to give five young people a platform to articulate their view of the natural world to a wider audience, by providing training in film making skills, mentoring and support. It has focused on the incredible heritage of the Dart Valley and challenged the film makers to look at the positive and negative impacts that people have on the Dart Valley, Dartmoor and the wider countryside.

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Last update: 25 Jan 2017 9:23am