1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. DPA buys its own vehicle

      The Dartmoor Preservation Association, who, for many years have used volunteers’ cars to transport machines and tools to their various conservation and surveying sites, have now bought their own transport. Collecting the new vehicle from White Horse Motors, Tedburn Road, Exeter.   The vehicle, an Isuzu D-Max pick-up, was purchased from and sponsored by White…

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    7. A busy March ahead for the DPA

      A busy few days before stopping for nesting season March is looking like a busy month for the DPA. Our conservation team will be out for their last workdays before stopping at the end of the month for the bird nesting season. There are two days at a brand new project, clearing scrub from around Inner…

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    8. Crowdfunding bird nesting research on Dartmoor

      Dartmoor Upland Bird Nest Group Those of our members who attended the “Better Future for Devon’s Birds” conference we co-hosted with Devon Birds, back in November 2015, will undoubtedly remember the inspiring presentation given by Professor Charles Tyler about the long running nesting research that has been taking place on Holne moor. Now we all…

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    9. Ted Birkett Dixon

      Charles Edward (Ted) Birkett Dixon 22 November 1923 – 30 December 2015 We are sorry to announce the death, aged 92, of Ted Birkett Dixon, a man with immense and long knowledge of Dartmoor and its ancient monuments. He was a vice-president of the Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) and knew Dartmoor and its antiquities better…

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    10. Dartmoor Matters Issue 189

      Dartmoor Matters Issue 189 – Winter 2015-16 DPA News The DPA’s Dartmoor Land Holdings A Better Future For Devon’s Birds – Conference Report The Ancient Tenements of Dartmoor – Pizwell Farm Sixty Years With The DPA Helping The DPA In So Many Ways Volunteer Day With Devon County Council Waste Management Team Hawns And Dendles –…

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