Category Archives: Dartmoor

Red-letter day

Fifty years ago today, while at school, I received my first letter from Sylvia Sayer, a special moment. Continue reading

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Hooray for the Dartmoor Way

I was pleased to take part in the official opening of the Dartmoor Way walking route around Dartmoor. Continue reading

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Ouzel hunt

There were no ring ouzels up Tavy Cleave, but I was pleased to see whinchat and cuckoo, and to hear some groppers. Continue reading

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Where are the wood warblers?

I visited White Wood on Dartmoor but was sad not to hear any wood warblers. I hope I was too early and they’ll come. Continue reading

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A milestone meeting

Fifty years ago today I first met Sylvia Sayer who inspired me to become a campaigner. I owe her so much and remember her with huge affection. Continue reading

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Forty years with the Ramblers

Forty years ago I was first elected to the Ramblers’ executive committee (board of trustees). It was completely unexpected.
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New ways in Devon

Devon Ramblers have entered a new phase of their existence, but will continue to be effective in achieving Ramblers’ aims. Continue reading

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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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Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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My bird year 2021

My bird total for 2021 was 119, which wasn’t bad considering travel was so restricted. Continue reading

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