Category Archives: Dartmoor livestock

Unforgettable Bar

I like to remember my friend Barbara MacDonald on her birthday, 28 August.  She would have been 107 this year.  This is what I said at her post-funeral gathering in her home village of Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor on 30 September … Continue reading

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Moses Room, commons bill, and George

Forty years ago I fought the first Dartmoor Commons Bill before a House of Lords committee. Continue reading

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Eyes and ears on the paths

The benefits to landowners of having paths across their land is that walkers and riders spot problems with stock and report them. Continue reading

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Barbara was always there

My friend Barbara MacDonald would have been 105 today. I remember her devotion to the Dartmoor cause. Continue reading

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Dee’s centenary

My friend Dee Ivey would have been 100 today, 28 January 2016, and so I am thinking of her especially, and the huge influence she had on me and numerous other pony-loving children. She introduced me to Dartmoor and to its … Continue reading

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What should we tell the children?

My fighting friend Barbara MacDonald (1912-2002), aptly known as ‘the red-haired rebel’, would have been 103 today, 28 August.  Last year I celebrated her birthday by publishing her powerful poem about wilderness.  This year I have reproduced her polemic of 1974, What should we … Continue reading

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Catch the Canine Culprit campaign

Our open upland and uncultivated landscapes are maintained by grazing animals, but the survival of traditional hill farms is increasingly precarious.  One of the tragedies which farmers face is that of sheep worrying by dogs: sheep and lambs are killed … Continue reading

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