1. Devonport Leat – end of season

      Thursday 5th March was the last day on Devonport Leat as the winter conservation season winds down, before the nesting season begins.  We met behind Roborough Rock and the small car park across the main road and then walked along the leat to the day’s starting point, while Derek and Keith took tools and some of…

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    2. A brilliant day on Devonport Leat

      Friday 6th February saw the motley crew that is the DPA Conservation Team assembling in the car park beside Plymouth Leat on the road down to Clearbrook.  Derek met us there to collect my own tools and then drove via Chub Tor to the end of the tarmac road to deliver the tools to the…

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    3. Devonport Leat on a sunny day

      Perhaps I should thank Helios, the Greek sun god? Friday 23rd January was a quite glorious day on our part of Dartmoor, as the photos below show, although the sun faded just as we finished work, with perfect timing. When I got home, the rain set in – the weather forecast was quite accurate. This…

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    4. Plymouth and Devonport Leats – two for the price of one!

      Friday 9th January was a grey day as the DPA Conservation Team congregated in the car park by the leat on the road down to Clearbrook.  The group was split into two parties with four people driving to the end section of Drake’s Plymouth Leat while the remainder walked to the west end of the tunnel…

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    5. PS – More photos from Plymouth Leat

      Three more photos from Friday 12th December when the DPA Conservation Team started clearing the end-section of the Plymouth (Drake’s) Leat. The photo above shows work on the habitat pile, made from cuttings, for the benefit of insects etc. Derek with a trenching tool borrowed from David, digging a drainage channel to take water from…

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    6. Devonport Leat – 6 Mar. 2014

      It started with a quick sortie to get a puncture repair kit for the wheelbarrow that was required to carry some tools. Go Outdoors was nearest and I have used their green “Slime” before. At about 9.30 am I was in the Clearbrook car park removing the valve from the flat tyre, squirting in the…

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    7. Devonport Leat – season completed

      Our last entry reported that we had reached the end of the leat. However, the DPA Leat Team doesn’t leave things at that! Fortuitously, we had one more day left on the calendar, Thursday 14th March. We used it to walk the whole length of the leat that was the subject of this current project….

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    8. Devonport Leat – mission accomplished!

      Thursday 28th February saw the DPA Conservatiom Team achieve an objective – we reached the end of the section of Devonport Leat that we had been tasked with clearing of scrub. The actual length was 2.0 km (1.24 miles). I first walked the leat with our C.E.O. on  Mon. 17 Jan. 2011 and I thought “Wowee,…

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    9. Roborough Common leats flow again!

      Both of the leats on Roborough Common (Plymouth and Devonport leats) were seen to be running with water on Friday, 21st December 2012, following two days (and a summer and autumn) of heavy rain. The previous day, the Thursday, had been scheduled as a DPA work day on Devonport Leat but this was cancelled. This…

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    10. Devonport Leat flows again!

      Well, boys and girls of the DPA Conservation Team, I did a reconnaissance visit this morning (in the rain!) and the leat was flowing like a good ‘un! I have never seen so much water in this part of the leat and it was actually running towards Devonport! The photo above shows the stretch where…

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