Award winning photographer joins Dartmoor pony and conservation charity as patron

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 06/15/2020 - 11:25pm

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Pony Trust (DPHT) has announced that photographer Malcolm Snelgrove has become the charity’s new patron.

The charity’s vision is to secure the future of the native Dartmoor pony and to inspire and connect people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage. Developing its partnership with Malcolm, a respected, internationally published equine and environmental photographer based on the Moor, is a perfect fit.

The DPHT works with pony keepers on Dartmoor who own and breed Dartmoor ponies. It also promotes the Dartmoor pony for conservation...

Warning of fire risk on dry Dartmoor

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/27/2020 - 10:34pm

Dartmoor National Park and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning for people not to light barbecues and campfires after an increase in wildfire incidents. Soaring temperatures and hot weather, which is set to continue in coming days, means the fire severity risk on Dartmoor is forecast as ‘high’. Anyone planning a trip to Dartmoor for some fresh air, a picnic or a family day out is asked to be vigilant against wildfire by not lighting a barbecue or campfire. Andrew Watson, Head of Recreation, Access and Estates said: “We want people to come and enjoy Dartmoor,...

Dartmoor launches online 'learning in lockdown' for home education

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/28/2020 - 11:19pm

Dartmoor National Park has launched a new ‘ learning in lockdown ’ digital hub to help inspire and educate people about the National Park's special landscape and what can be found there. The free online resources are aimed at supporting children, parents and teachers as we all continue to observe ' stay at home ' measures due to the Covid-19 emergency. Developed by Dartmoor National Park Authority, the ' learning in lockdown ' hub is rich with lively, fun and fascinating multi-media content so people can teach and learn about nature, the environment around them and remain connected to...

Rangers and police ask people to love Dartmoor and stay at home this weekend

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 04/24/2020 - 5:50pm

Groups of people visiting Dartmoor for barbecues and people driving over 15 miles to walk their dog– these are just a couple examples of the issues Dartmoor National Park Rangers are with dealing with during the Covid-19 emergency.

As the weekend draws near, Dartmoor National Park and the police are once again asking people to continue to stay home to limit the spread of covid-19 and help save lives this weekend.

The Authority today reiterated its appreciation and thanks to the vast majority of people for adhering to the last four weeks of isolation and distancing....

COVID-19 support fund to help communities

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 04/09/2020 - 11:09pm

Dartmoor National Park Authority has launched a Coronavirus Community Support Grant (CCSG) to provide valuable funding to organisations working in communities affected by the pandemic. The scheme rapidly provides grants of up to £500 to voluntary and community groups to help them tackle the social and economic impacts of the outbreak and help those who are most vulnerable. So far, the Authority has dealt with 12 applications and provided more than £5,000 to support community initiatives such as veg boxes for vulnerable people, phone support, local delivery of prescriptions and an online...

Archaeologists unearth possible evidence of early Neolithic farming communities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 12/23/2019 - 2:20pm

New evidence potentially left by Dartmoor’s earliest farming communities 5,500 years ago has been uncovered by archaeologists at two of the moor's most enigmatic sites. A series of previously unknown features including postholes and circular structures have been discovered at the tor enclosure sites of White Tor and Dewerstone. One of the most exciting discoveries at Dewerstone (pictured) is the recovery of charcoal suitable for radiocarbon dating. Results are awaited but, if proved, could conclusively show people occupied these sites in the early Neolithic period - around 3,500BC....

Moor Otters sculptures officially unveiled

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:58pm

‘Naked’ otter sculptures were unveiled at a special event today to mark the next exciting steps of Dartmoor National Park’s Moor Otters arts trail 2020. The event held at Bovey Castle, and hosted by Dartmoor National Park, gave artists the opportunity to collect their sculptures so they can start transforming them into stunning individual works of art. At the same time, businesses and supporters were able to learn more about how the funds from Moor Otters sponsorship and sales will go towards important conservation projects so people connect with Dartmoor and care for it in the future....

Dartmoor volunteers thanked for their support

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:03pm

Dozens of volunteers have been thanked for their efforts to conserve, promote and enhance Dartmoor National Park.

More than 40 people attended Dartmoor National Park Authority's annual Voluntary Warden meeting at Parke, Bovey Tracey, on Tuesday October 29.

The Voluntary Warden scheme is managed by the Authority's Ranger service. Volunteers help Rangers with their duties and advise visitors to Dartmoor. They play a key role in promoting enjoyment and understanding of Dartmoor’s special qualities and get involved in practical projects too.

Tuesday’s gathering allowed...

Dartmoor Rural Crime Initiative

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 10/27/2019 - 11:30pm

Devon & Cornwall Police and Dartmoor National Park Authority are working closely with partners through the Dartmoor Rural Crime Initiative, an arrangement which was formally adopted on 25 October 2019.

A working group brought together by the partnership arrangement is focussing on issues that have been identified as areas of concern by local communities.

These are reducing antisocial behaviour and increasing safety around illegal raves, reducing incidents of speeding where animals are injured or killed, general road safety on the moor and fly tipping.


Postbridge Visitor Centre to close for building works

Postbridge Visitor Centre to close for building works

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Mon, 09/16/2019 - 11:21am

Postbridge Visitor Centre is about to embark on a new chapter in its history as it undergoes a £500,000 extension. Dartmoor National Park Authority is taking the next steps in its ambitious vision to transform the centre and tell the Dartmoor Bronze Age story in greater detail. The centre will close its doors from Monday 23 September for preparation work. Construction will start on 21 October and will last 32 weeks. Dartmoor is the most important area for Bronze Age archaeology in Western Europe with iconic sites such as the prehistoric settlement of Grimspound and the double stone rows at...