1. Farming on Dartmoor – The Foundation

      A wasteland of impenetrable gorse. Crumbling paths through dank and decaying woodland.  Decrepit stone walls entombing overgrown fields. Dwindling communities living hand to mouth. One or two cars creeping along the broken roads. Silence…abandoned pubs, shuttered restaurants, deserted farms, barren villages, desolate meadows…the farmers have fled Dartmoor. Dartmoor depends on farming – it is the…

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    2. What are Ecosystem Services ?

      An ecosystem may be considered as a unit within which an assemblage of living organisms interact with each other and with the chemical and physical environment. The resulting natural processes establish a series of complex ecological balances. Ecosystems may operate at a wide range of scales, from long-term global systems such as oceans, to very…

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    3. Farming Past, Present & Future

      Hutholes Just up the road from our farm is a deserted medieval settlement which some of you will know, called Hutholes.  Thereon a small site are the clear stone outlines of half a dozen buildings, half of them dwellings, and the remainder small barns or stores. The National Park who manage the site have put…

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    4. Firing Notices

      For the latest details click on: Dartmoor Firing Ranges – guaranteed public access Warning signals, red flags by day and red lamps by night, indicate that live firing is taking place, within the range boundaries, which are marked by red and white posts. If the warning signals are not hoisted by 0900 (Apr- Sep) no…

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    5. Moorland Near Crisis

      Professor Ian Mercer explains something of the history of our Dartmoor landscape and its essential relationship with agriculture. He goes on to show why the survival of traditional farming practice in the Uplands must not be allowed to fall by the wayside. Since the Mesolithics began woodland clearance, Neolithics accelerated the process and Bronze Age…

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