1. Second DPA short walk – Merrivale stone rows explained

                         Twenty-eight walkers set off on this second DPA short walk on 25th February 2017. We planned to see the misleadingly named “abandoned apple crusher”, hut circles, two Bronze Age double stone rows that function as a sun calendar with an explanation of solstice and equinox sunrises and sunsets, cists, cairns, stone circle, menhir, Long Ash Pits, the…

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    2. Butterflies work party at Common Wood

      On Monday 20th February, fifteen volunteers took part in a work party at Common Wood, near Horndown.  This was their eighth work day on this site. The day is described in CampaignerKate’s blog, HERE.

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    3. A Chilly Day on Raddick Hill

      On Thursday 9th February the volunteers made what will probably be their penultimate visit to the Bronze Age settlement on Raddick Hill. We set out to walk up from Norsworthy Bridge along Raddick Lane on a beautiful, frosty morning.   The APY wagon comes into its own on these days, transporting all our gear and…

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    4. The volunteers make progress on Buckland Common Settlement

      The volunteers have made 2 further visits to Buckland Common this year, both well attended, and have managed to clear large swathes of the upper pounds to the north of the track. A highlight on our last visit was clearing the large hut circle, probably the best example on the site. The walls are almost…

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    5. First DPA short walk – 22 attended

      Wednesday 25th January saw the first in the new programme of short walks take place. Like all the DPA walks over the years, these shorter walks are also free. We met in the car parks at Norsworthy Bridge, with 20 people registered, although three cancelled the night before due to forecast icy roads to the…

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    6. Butterfly Conservation workday on Roborough Common

      Another day on Roborough Common for the All Moors Threatened Butterfly Conservation project on Monday 23rd January 2017 This project has now received Heritage Lottery funding which enables 2 new members of staff, Simon Phelps and Megan Lowe to work with Jenny Plackett improving butterfly habitat on Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors, full details  – …

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    7. The last workday on the Devonport Leat for this season.

      Last Friday, 6th January 2017, found us leaving our decorations behind and celebrating Twelfth Night by dismantling dead branches rather than Christmas Trees. 10 volunteers turned out to clear the section of the Devonport Leat, near the Yelverton end, between two lengths that we had cleared earlier. It was a rather muddy stretch with wellies needed…

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    8. The final volunteer day of 2016

      Last Friday, 16th December, 11 volunteers turned out in festive mood to clear a section of the Devonport Leat near Clearbrook. A recent recruit, Clare, braved Derek’s eagle-eyed supervision to have a go at strimming. By lunchtime, fuelled by Rachel’s excellent Christmas cake, we had cleared most of the way to the golf course. In…

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    9. The Volunteers have been good this year

      The volunteers must have been good as they had a surprise visitor to their workday at Raddick last Wednesday, 7th December. Santa arrived bearing gifts of mulled wine and mince pies. He even offered to help. Before his arrival, 12 busy volunteers had been clearing the remaining cairns in the cairn field and making pathways…

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    10. Dartmoor Matters, Issue 192

      Dartmoor Matters, Issue 192, Winter 2016-17 Contents DPA News Ian Mercer, giant of Dartmoor Dartmoor’s bridges take a battering Learning about Dartmoor ferns Rumblings from the Chair The Ancient Tenements of Dartmoor – Brimpts Farm Conservation Re-visiting Roborough camp All the fun of the fair Download your copy here

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