Love Moor Life: Protect wildlife and animals

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/28/2022 - 9:58pm

With March marking the start of spring, dog owners are being urged to protect new-born livestock and breeding birds by keeping their dogs on leads while out walking. With miles of footpaths, bridleways and open access land, Dartmoor is the perfect place for people to enjoy with their canine pets. But livestock worrying is a major concern; already there has been an unusually high number of dog attacks for this time of year. During the breeding season (1 March – 31 July) Dartmoor is a particularly busy place. Ground nesting birds such as meadow pipits, skylarks and snipe love Dartmoor’s...

Broadband network upgraded on Dartmoor and Exmoor

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Posted: Mon, 02/28/2022 - 9:16pm

A series of upgrades are being made to the superfast broadband network on Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Internet service provider Airband completed its network in the two National Parks, on behalf of Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), over three years ago.

This network provides access to superfast broadband (speeds of up to 30Mbps) to around 7,000 homes and businesses, making it possible for customers to download a film in under three minutes.

Airband has now commissioned a number of new upgrades to ensure that customers on the moors continue to get the best possible...

New cairn for charity thanks to kind hearted builders

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust at Parke near Bovey Tracy has a brand new car park donation cairn, thanks to the huge generosity of local builders, suppliers and the continuing loyal support of the charity’s many friends.

Earlier this year, the cairn was destroyed and the car park donations, which are used to purchase hay for the charity’s ponies, stolen.

But kind hearted businesses stepped forward to supply materials and their time to rebuild the cairn. Kenmart, Olympus Building Supplies and Stone Face Construction all proved the heroes of the hour with the former...

Woodland tidied up thanks to enthusiastic volunteers

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Posted: Mon, 01/24/2022 - 5:10pm

A Dartmoor woodland has been given a tidy-up thanks to a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Working with Dartmoor National Park’s Rangers Ella Briens and Ethan Parsons and Dartmoor Headwaters Project Officer Kerry Smith, the group spent a Sunday morning removing tree guards from a native woodland in the Dean Burn valley near Buckfastleigh. Seventeen volunteers joined Ella, Ethan and Kerry for the volunteer event on January 9 and the collective hard work was a success because they collected up hundreds of tree-guards – filling five big dumpy bags. It’s hoped the tree-guards can...

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Desperate plea to moor visitors to help halt the spread of strangles

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Posted: Sat, 07/31/2021 - 1:59am

Visitors to Dartmoor are being urged to stay away from its native ponies to help stop the spread of a vicious new strain of strangles.

Ponies are already suffering from the highly contagious infection, and now the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust is putting a firewall around the 450 hectare site it leases from Forestry England at Bellever to try and protect its herd of 27 ponies. It hopes this will prevent the infection from spreading further to other herds on the moors.

The site is very popular with visitors but with ponies at Haytor and Widecombe already infected it is...

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Dartmoor Hairy Hands Legend brought to life by BBC audio project

An interactive audio experience, Hairy Hands FM, brings to life a Dartmoor legend.

Since the 1920s, drivers in Devon have claimed mysterious ‘Hairy Hands’ have seized control of the steering wheel and caused a high number of road accidents on the B3212.

Hairy Hands FM, part of the BBC New Creatives scheme for young artists, brings these sightings to life through unnerving binaural sound and a radio host to help the listener defeat the hairy hands.

“Hairy Hands FM is an immersive audio experience with interactive elements where you get chased around your home by the...

Dartmoor ponies give helping hand at RSPB headquarters

Dartmoor ponies give helping hand at RSPB headquarters

The flora and fauna of a renowned nature reserve is about to be given a huge helping hand by the arrival of six Dartmoor ponies.

The RSPB has teamed up with the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust who have arranged for the ponies to be relocated today (April 5) to its headquarters in Bedfordshire where they will help to restore the nature reserve through their natural grazing habits.

Dartmoor ponies are prized for their hardiness, even temperament, and ability to eat plants that other ponies and horses might balk at. Their day to day habits of browsing vegetation and trampling...

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Visitors urged look but do not touch Dartmoor’s ponies

The Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society and the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust have issued a joint statement urging visitors to the moors to enjoy pony herds from a distance, after some have been seen to be carrying strangles.

Strangles is a highly contagious and difficult to manage bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It can be spread through direct contact with affected equines, or indirectly on items such as clothing, gloves or even cars.

This is a challenging disease to manage and eradicate because infected horses and ponies become carriers, where even...

Ordnance Survey launches front cover photo competition for new OS Explorer Dartmoor map

OS is running a contest to find a new front cover image for its popular OL 28 Dartmoor Explorer map.

The competition, run in conjunction with Dartmoor National Park, intends to find a beautiful image to represent the picturesque moorland in 2021.

It is being held to commemorate 70 years of National Parks.

The contest is open to any walker or photography enthusiast who feels they have pictures in their digital archives good enough to become the winning image.

Due to the latest lockdown and government advice OS is asking people please do not travel to...