Tag Archives: Dartmoor

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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Chair at the top of the forest

Twenty years ago was one of the best Countryside Agency board visits, to the Forest of Dean to talk about art. Continue reading

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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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Valiant Valerie

I learnt a great deal about my Rambler friend Valerie Plunkett at her funeral on the South Downs. 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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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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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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Moorland massacre

Forty years ago the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 received royal assent. It did nothing to save moorland. Continue reading

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