Tag Archives: Dartmoor

Wandering in White Wood

I make a point of visiting White Wood above the double Dart valley on Dartmoor at least once a year in the spring.  Ever since the late Ian Mercer told me that wood warblers breed here I go to listen for them. … Continue reading

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Wanted: an all-round aide

Forty years ago today I started my first proper job, as secretary and all-round aide to author Charles Owen. Continue reading

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My bird year 2016

In 2016 I saw 120 bird species and heard four, mainly around Turville, Otmoor, Little Marlow and Dartmoor. Continue reading

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Like the Forth Bridge

The Dartmoor Preservation Association conservation volunteers spent a day at Common Wood bashing vegetation for butterflies. Continue reading

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Flag at half mast for ‘Mr Moreton’

The flag on Moretonhampstead church was at half mast in honour of Ian Mercer, whose funeral was on 3 October. Continue reading

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Return to Challacombe Farm

The other day I called on Naomi Oakley at Challacombe Farm, near Postbridge on Dartmoor.  I had last visited 34 years ago when it was run by Peter and Min Cullum. Now their daughter Naomi is in charge with her partner Mark … Continue reading

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Standpipe saga

Forty years ago I was at an emergency public inquiry objecting to South West Water’s plans to rob the Dartmoor rivers. Continue reading

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