Category Archives: Common Wood

A bad-car day

It was a frustrating day for Butterfly Conservation’s Jenny Plackett, and for me. We both intended to join the Dartmoor Preservation Association volunteers for the workday on my land at Common Wood, near Horndon on Dartmoor, on Monday 14 February. … Continue reading

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Going for gorse

The Dartmoor Preservation Association volunteers returned to work at Common Wood after a year, clearing gorse for butterflies. Continue reading

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Ten years of Common Wood

I have owned Common Wood on Dartmoor for ten years, and it is as lovely as ever. Continue reading

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Au revoir, Hil

My friend Hil Marshall has retired as land manager for the Dartmoor Preservation Association; I pay tribute to her. Continue reading

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An octet at Common Wood

The Dartmoor Preservation Association Conservation Volunteers did a grand job at Common Wood, making it better for butterflies. Continue reading

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Dartmoor’s doers

On the final day of Volunteers’ Week I pay tribute to the Dartmoor Preservation Association’s Conservation Volunteers. Continue reading

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Finale for All the Moor Butterflies

The three-year All the Moor Butterflies project has ended, but we must all still care for butterflies and moths. Continue reading

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A brief escape to Common Wood

While Brexit raged in parliament 13 volunteers sought refuge in working for butterflies on Common Wood, Dartmoor. Continue reading

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Success at Common Wood

I was delighted to see at least three Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary butterflies on Common Wood. Continue reading

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Better for butterflies

An unprecedented 28 volunteers worked at Common Wood, making a better habitat for butterflies. Continue reading

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