1. Dartmoor’s Highest – DPA walk

      On Saturday 10 October, 13 members of DPA walked to Dartmoor’s highest point, the Yes Tor/High Willhays ridge.  Unfortunately, low cloud at about 1500 ft obscured the views on some of the first half of the walk but caused no problems in navigation.  Having had lunch at the top of Yes Tor, we returned over…

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    2. Bracken “bashing” starts again, 16th June 2015

      Tuesday 16th June saw the trusty DPA Conservation team starting work again, clearing bracken on Roborough Common. We started at “The Camp” – the old Iron Age hilltop structure and moved onto Drake’s 1591 Plymouth Leat after the morning coffee break. This team doesn’t hang around! The bracken growth seems to be a lot less…

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    3. Mission accomplished – Plymouth Leat project is completed.

      “Keith’s sold his soul to the Devil” – that’s what they said when they saw the weather that we had for the work party on Saturday 11th January.  I know that’s not true, but it was a fantastically beautiful day, wall-to-wall blue sky, and it was due to the bones. Divination by throwing chicken bones is…

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    4. Dendles Waste – medieval farmstead

      A DPA work party of volunteers gathered in the car park of the Cornwood Inn on Saturday 21st November, a propitious meeting place! On cue, Andrea, our local Dartmoor Ranger appeared with her large four-wheel drive vehicle to transport our tools, including four brush-cutters, and our rucksacks to the work site. This was a very…

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    5. Bracken cutting at Shapley Common’s Cullacombe Head farmsteads

      Friday 2nd August saw a group of volunteers from the DPA arrive at Shapley Common, to be joined by a large group of Devon County Council apprentices. The tasks for the day were firstly a brief introduction to the archaeology, starting at this location, “Farmstead A”, this being one of three in the area. The…

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    6. Learning about Dartmoor’s history with the Exmoor Society

      Saturday May 11th was our turn to host the Exmoor Society for a walk on Dartmoor. Each spring and autumn we take it in turns to have an “awayday” exploring the other society’s home patch. Exmoor and Dartmoor share many aspects in common, not least being south-west uplands, but each area has it’s own character,…

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    7. Dartmoor’s mires like the wet summer!

      The wet weather, apart from a welcome burst of summer in the last couple of weeks, has had some benefits.  Flowering plants in one of the mires at the Dartmoor Preservation land at High House Waste have been more abundant than in recent years and a few days ago there were hundreds of froglets.  …

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    8. A midnight glimpse into the world of moths

      Against all expectation the evening of  Saturday 14th July was dry, with a clear-ish sky, not too cold and so the great Dart Valley Moth Hunt was on. At nine in the evening Dartmeet car park soon filled up with about 30 members of the DPA, Devon Moth Group and Devon Wildlife Trust all interested…

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    9. It’s white minibus season on Dartmoor

      Life on Dartmoor changes throughout the year and this morning on my way to work I noticed that white minibus season is in full swing. This happens every year when the school exam season has finished.  White  minibuses full of school students, of all ages, suddenly appear in car parks all over the moor. There…

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    10. The Exmoor Society come visiting

      Members of the Exmoor Society were made extremely welcome by the DPA on the occasion of the societies’ third joint walk on Saturday 19th May. Derek and Bob were knowledgeable and informative guides, while Val was (just like last year) most considerate to those among us who do not manage hills and rough ground as…

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