1. First DPA short walk – 22 attended

      Wednesday 25th January saw the first in the new programme of short walks take place. Like all the DPA walks over the years, these shorter walks are also free. We met in the car parks at Norsworthy Bridge, with 20 people registered, although three cancelled the night before due to forecast icy roads to the…

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    2. Butterfly Conservation workday on Roborough Common

      Another day on Roborough Common for the All Moors Threatened Butterfly Conservation project on Monday 23rd January 2017 This project has now received Heritage Lottery funding which enables 2 new members of staff, Simon Phelps and Megan Lowe to work with Jenny Plackett improving butterfly habitat on Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors, full details  – …

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    3. The Volunteers have been good this year

      The volunteers must have been good as they had a surprise visitor to their workday at Raddick last Wednesday, 7th December. Santa arrived bearing gifts of mulled wine and mince pies. He even offered to help. Before his arrival, 12 busy volunteers had been clearing the remaining cairns in the cairn field and making pathways…

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    4. BBC Spotlight film volunteers at Buckland Common

      On Wednesday 9th November, the DPA Volunteers were joined for their workday by Sophie Pierce and a cameraman from the BBC to record an item for Spotlight and BBC Devon. Their interest had been piqued when Sophie read about the site in Dartmoor Matters. She liked the fact that the site is so little known,…

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    5. Raddick Hill settlement cleared

      Tuesday 1st November saw the DPA volunteers enjoying one of the most blissful days of conservation effort in a long time – it was a gorgeous day, remarked upon in the evening weather forecasts!  We gathered at Norsworthy Bridge where Derek took the tools and rucksacks up to the top of Raddick Lane for us in…

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    6. Devonport Leat clearance, 28th October

      The volunteers of the Conservation Team gathered again on Friday 28th October to practise their bramble and bracken cutting capabilities, under a somewhat grey sky although the day remained dry – the weather forecast was accurate! The starting point was the bridge over the leat that carries the minor road from the A386 Roborough /…

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    7. Who missed a good day at Burrator?

      The DPA had an event at Burrator Discovery Centre on Tuesday 25th October 2016, for members and friends – were you there, and if not, where were you – you missed something good?! The event ran from 11.00 am – 3.30 pm. There were refreshments to start with and then a 1-hour presentation by Emily Cannon, who…

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    8. First visit to Buckland Common

      On Saturday 15th October, the volunteers finally made it to our new long-term project, clearing the Bronze Age settlement on Buckland Common.  Unfortunately, our summer visits had to be cancelled leaving the site densely covered in bracken.  An excellent turnout of 15 volunteers made their way to the area.  After some problem locating any recognisable…

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    9. High House Waste – new track

      On the first Sunday of October, in the sunshine, eleven DPA volunteers worked on our land at High House Waste, north of Cornwood.    We finished making a track from just above the gate by the crossing of the Broadall Lake northwards to the open grassland close to the Bronze Age settlement.  The gate over the…

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    10. Butterfly Conservation workday on Roborough Common

      With a variable weather forecast during the previous week, the forecast suddenly showed an improvement for the allocated Roborough day, Thursday 29th September 2016, so 16 of us met up for a day working on environmental improvements for the Fritillary butterfly, 3 species being currently endangered due to loss of natural habitat – these being…

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