1. DPA benefits from village wine tasting evening

      Long time DPA member, Geoff Cook, and his friend Andy Hurn run a small wine tasting circle for their own enjoyment. When a friend recently suggested that they might like to run a wine tasting evening as a bit of fun for the village they agreed and thought it would be an excellent way to raise…

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    2. Ian Mercer 1933 – 2016

      IAN MERCER, DOYEN OF THE NATIONAL PARK MOVEMENT AND SERVANT OF DEVON’S COUNTRYSIDE, DIES AGED 83 Ian Mercer, the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, has died aged 83 after a long illness.  He lived in Moretonhampstead, Devon, for 40 years. He had a number of firsts to his name: the first warden of Slapton Field…

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    3. Citizen Science project on Dartmoor

      Would you like to take part in a day out on the moorland of Dartmoor helping to collect scientific data? Plymouth University and Dartmoor National Park Authority are combining to carry out long-term monitoring of pools created by peatland restoration works. The rate of colonization of the pools by mire vegetation and the factors controlling…

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    4. 80th anniversary walks for Campaign for National Parks

      The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) has linked up with campaigning organisation 38 Degrees to offer a range of free guided walks and natural art workshops to celebrate its 80th birthday. They take place on Saturday 30th July and one of them is on Dartmoor

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    5. Dartmoor Matters Issue 190 – Summer 2016

      Contents DPA News The Dartmoor House Martin Project The Prehistoric Burial Cist on Whitehorse Hill Rumblings from the Chair The Ancient Tenements of Dartmoor – Sherberton Farm Ted Birkett Dixon Conservation Buckland Common – an Exciting New Project for Volunteers Mardon Down – Conserving a Chequered History Download your copy here

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    6. Space invaders

      Open Spaces Society General Secretary, also DPA Trustee, Kate Ashbrook talks about the risks of National Parks, amongst other public spaces, being commercialised in her latest opinion piece in the OSS magazine Open Spaces. We thought members might find her comments, below, interesting.

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    7. Look out for house martins

      For many of us, the house martin is an eagerly-awaited summer visitor, as welcome in our skies and to our homes as the swallow and the swift. However, our house martins are in trouble: there are now fewer house martins coming back from Africa each year. The new Devon Bird Atlas shows that confirmed breeding…

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    8. DPA Pusham Hay Meadow open as part of Moor Meadows celebration

      Saturday 18th June, 2-5pm The DPA is pleased to be able to open our newly-acquired hay meadow as part of the Moor Meadows group’s annual celebration of these magnificent, but endangered habitats. Grid ref: SX 728745 Description: The meadow adjoins the enclosed part of the Pudsham Down bridlepath, next door to the meadow belonging to…

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    9. Dartmoor Champion Warns Of New Threats

       ‘The threats to Dartmoor are as great as ever.  They may be more insidious than in the past but they are no less real.’   So warned Phil Hutt, director of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, at the association’s annual meeting on Saturday 28th May.   Phil cited the erosion of planning controls and the drive for…

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    10. Latest Dartmoor Matters – print problem

      We have spotted a print problem with a small number of the Spring 2016 edition of Dartmoor Matters. Some of the pages have not been collated properly. We’d like to apologise to members for any inconvenience this may cause in reading it and will be happy to supply a copy without the problem. Just call…

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