Dartmoor

RSPCA and fire services rescue deer caught in netting near Dartmoor Zoo

Authored by News Desk

The RSPCA and fire services rescued a wild deer which was stuck in electrical fencing near Dartmoor Zoo in Devon on Saturday 10 October.

Inspector Becky Wadey and Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Simon Kite along with the Camelshead technical rescue team from Devon and Cornwall Fire Service attended to help rescue the poor deer.

Inspector Beccy Wadey said: “The deer had become...

Dartmoor

Resurfacing works at Postbridge Visitor Centre car park

Authored by Mary

The car park at Postbridge Visitor Centre will close for five days for essential resurfacing works. Work starts on Monday 21 September and is scheduled to finish on Friday 25 September. The visitor centre and public toilets will remain open. While works take place people should find alternative car parks in the area. The work is needed to keep the heavily used car park maintained to a safe...

Working together to keep Dartmoor special

Authored by Mary

Nature and wildlife are starting to recover at a much-loved Dartmoor beauty spot thanks to emergency powers aimed at reducing fly camping and anti-social behaviour. Dartmoor National Park introduced a short-term ban on camping at Bellever/Riddon Ridge to protect public health, nature and wildlife, and employed National Park Marshals to support Rangers with on-the-ground engagement. Although...

Emergency powers used to stop camping at Bellever

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Following a dramatic increase in fly-camping, Dartmoor National Park Authority is taking decisive action to protect public health, wildlife and nature. The Authority has introduced powers under the Dartmoor Commons Act (1985) to stop large numbers of people treating Bellever (Riddon Ridge) as an informal campsite and to give the site time to recover. The camping ban comes into force from...

Plan and prepare: 'Staycation' tips for Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

As more measures aimed at easing lockdown come into effect from July 4, people planning a holiday to Dartmoor are encouraged to ‘know before they go’ so they can enjoy their stay safely. Updated guidance published by Dartmoor National Park will help people – particularly those who want to camp in a motorhome, campervan or tent – explore the moor sustainably and stress-free. If you plan to...

Local pubs are often the hub of the community

Authored by Mary

Local pubs are often the hub of the community.

That’s certainly the case in Drewsteignton where The Drewe Arms has been supporting local people on Dartmoor throughout the coronavirus pandemic despite, like all pubs across the country, being closed during the lockdown.

The pub received a £500 grant from Devon County Council’s Prompt Action Fund and it has made it go a long...

Public toilets reopen on parts of Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

Toilets owned by Dartmoor National Park Authority have reopened. Following comprehensive risk assessments, toilets have reopened at: • Haytor (the accessible toilet only – the male and female ones remain closed) • Dartmeet • Venford Reservoir (the accessible toilet and male toilets only – the female loos remained closed) • Meldon Reservoir. They are open seven days a week. The layout of the...

Award winning photographer joins Dartmoor pony and conservation charity as patron

Authored by Mary

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...

New online food and drink map goes live

Authored by Mary

A new food and drink directory for Dartmoor has been launched with the aim of linking communities with producers in their local area. The aim is to celebrate the range of local food and encourage people to support local businesses. The food and drink map shows around 60 outlets and where you can find them. As well as local meat and vegetables the directory also includes suppliers of honey,...

Concerns raised over anti-social behaviour on Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

As the warm weather continues and lockdown restrictions are eased, Dartmoor Rangers have seen a rise in irresponsible and abusive behaviour as people visit the National Park.

Barbeques and open fires, despite the high fire risk, piles of discarded rubbish including discarded barbeques, parking blocking people’s drives and farm gates, social distancing forgotten, are just a few of the...

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