1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. High House Waste Open Day

      The DPA’s largest landholding is High House Waste, north of Cornwood, on the south of the moor. On Sunday 18th September members were invited to an ‘open day’ to learn about the site, its management, history and prehistory.    A select group walked from the car park on Heathfield Down, via West Rook Gate to the…

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    6. £2,200+ raised by DPA volunteers

      It has been a good summer for the DPA stall.   We’ve been to South Zeal Folk Festival, Chagford and Lustleigh Shows and Widecombe Fair.   Thousands of people have seen the display and found out about our work and some were impressed enough to join the DPA .   Many visitors have bought things – new books,…

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    7. Widecombe Fair, 2016

      On the second Tuesday in September, as in every year, the DPA attended Widecombe Fair, to “fly the flag” and spread the word about caring for Dartmoor.  The weather can best be described as “fair” – there was mist to start with followed by some sun and showers.  A good reason for reading on is…

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    8. Lustleigh Show

      It has to be said that the Lustleigh Show is well-organised and well worth a visit, there is something for everyone, including the DPA stand!  Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August 2016, saw the DPA volunteers setting up the gazebo, there being Val Barns, Derek Collins, Phil Hutt (DPA Director), with Berni and Keith Ryan arriving…

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    9. Pudsham Hay Meadows Bracken Day

      Starting with a bright sunny day, DPA and Devon Wildlife Trust volunteers met at Pudsham hay meadows to rake bracken on Wednesday 24th August.  The three meadows were recently acquired by the DPA as its fourth land-holding.  The work objective was to rake up dried bracken.  By the time a lot of the work had…

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    10. Chagford Show, 2016

      The DPA team sallied forth again on Thursday 18th August to the north-easterly quarter of the moor to entice locals and visitors alike into taking an interest in the aims and objectives of the DPA – Friends of Dartmoor since 1883. The team on this occasion consisted of Phil Hutt (DPA Director), Sylvia Hamilton, Derek Collins and…

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