1. DPA at Dartmoor Folk Festival

      It is that time of year again, when DPA volunteers sally forth to publicise Dartmoor Preservation Association by explaining what we do, where, why, when and how; and, in the process, raise funds to support our activities. This spreading of the word is something we, and our forbears, have done, I am tempted to say,…

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    2. Staple Tors Short Walk

      Tuesday 25th July saw 25 of us gather in the Rees Jeffreys car park, which is between Merrivale and the large Pork Hill car park. This is quite a large car park and is shown on old maps as a former “Gravel Pit”. We were setting out to see Little Staple Tor, Middle Staple Tor, Great Staple…

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    3. Bashing our way into Buckland

      Having chosen the only wet day of the week last week for our first visit to attack the bracken on the Buckland Common Bronze Age settlement, the event was postponed from the Tuesday to the Wednesday. Fortunately, 10 volunteers were able to shuffle their commitments and come along to help make a start. The sight…

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    4. Dartmoor Conservation Garden – Summer & Autumn 2017 Events Programme

        Dartmoor Conservation Garden (a project of the Dartmoor Preservation Association) Summer & Autumn 2017 Events Programme SATURDAY JULY 8th (10.30 – 3pm) Dartmoor’s Mires and Bogs, with the Launch of Dartmoor Conservation Garden’s mini-blanket bog An illustrated talk on the ecology and botany of Dartmoor’s blanket bogs and mires, followed by a guided walk…

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    5. Pudsham Meadows orchid count

      On 28th June 23 Devon Wildllife Trust and DPA volunteers worked together at Pudsham Meadows.  We carried out the annual orchid count but got lower numbers than last year as some of the flowers were over but still found over 1200 flower spikes of four species: Greater Butterfly, Heath Spotted, Twayblade, and Southern Marsh.  …

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    6. DPA Short Walk – from Roborough Rock

      This walk, on Sunday 25th June, started with eleven of us from the aircraft dispersal bay now used as a car park closest to Roborough Rock. The rock has been known over the years by several names: Udal Torre, Ullestorre Rock. Ulster Rock and Udell Torre.   The raised hump in the grass with a…

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    7. Roborough Common 14th June – Butterfly habitat conservation

      As part of our on-going involvement with Butterfly Conservation All the Moors Butterfly Project a work day was held on Roborough Common The previous weeks weather had been rather unsettled with a number of wet days, but with a favourable forecast, 9 members of the conservation team met with Megan Lowe of Butterfly Conservation to…

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    8. DPA Dartmoor Conservation Garden

      June 14th 2017 – As part of the Magnificent Mires project, engraved safety boards are installed around the newly created bog garden in the DPA’s Dartmoor Conservation Garden at Princetown, with help from the DNPA’s Works Team. They depict Dartmoor’s blanket bog upland landscape and biodiversity. They have been installed around the new bog-garden with the support…

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    9. Sharpitor, Leeden and Ingra Tors short walk

      Thursday 25th May dawned without a cloud in the sky, and it continued with just blue sky and warm sunshine.  Eleven of us gathered at the car park below Sharpitor and set off after a short briefing to see some of the Bronze Age archaeology on the lower slop of Leeden Tor, consisting of large…

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    10. Bluebells, cuckoos and archaeology in the Haytor area

      After a long spell of sunny spring weather, the 11 May turned damp, and the mist was very low. However, a hardy seventeen members and friends walked from the car park near Emsworthy Mine (on the Haytor to Widecombe Road) through the Devon Wildlife Trust Emsworthy Nature Reserve, across Holwell Lawn to Hound Tor and…

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