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

      Last Friday, 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 and plenty of…

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Dartmoor Matters, Issue 191

      Dartmoor Matters, Issue 191, Autumn 2016 Contents DPA News Pudsham Meadows The Pompeii of Dartmoor Rumblings from the Chair Ancient Boundaries / Modern Farming New website & logo Called Home – Book Review The Ancient Tenements of Dartmoor – Dury Farm Conservation A new vehicle for the volunteers Roborough Common – Two Moors Threatened Butterfly…

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    6. High House Waste ….. mince pies and mulled wine!

      Sunday 4th December, was cold but sunny for the regular High House Waste workday. The strong easterly wind meant the walk in wasn’t easy, but we warmed up quickly, helped by cake from Hilary.   Seven years ago we cut the reave running from the Bronze Age settlement in the north of High House, making…

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    7. Pudsham hay meadows workday

      On Tuesday 29th November, we had a good day with 17 of us appearing at the Pudsham hay meadows that are now owned by the DPA.  We cleared lots of scrub to increase the area of wild flowers that typify this increasingly scarce habitat.  Much of the cut material was burnt and some stacked to form a habitat…

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    8. Roborough Camp conservation work

      On 25th November the DPA conservation volunteers returned to Roborough Camp to cut regrown gorse, we had been there on 1st July cutting bracken on the hilltop features.  This time we were cutting gorse that was originally cut in 2004, in the area just north-east of the hilltop.  This area contains a number of pits…

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    9. Hameldown and Challacombe walk, 19th November

      On Saturday 19th November nine intrepid walkers braved a discouraging weather forecast to do a circuit of 8.5 miles from Bennett’s Cross. We kept the rain at bay for most of the route along Hameldown, noting the distant view of the lynchets, or mediaeval (and earlier) field strips at Challacombe, the justly famed Grimspound, Hameldon…

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    10. BBC Spotlight film volunteers at Buckland Common

      On Wednesday 9th November, the DPA Volunteers were joined for their workday by Sophie Pierce and a cameraman from the BBC to record an item for Spotlight and BBC Devon. Their interest had been piqued when Sophie read about the site in Dartmoor Matters. She liked the fact that the site is so little known,…

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