Photo Competition Winner

Huge congratulations to Brian Johnston, who has won our fun photo competition and earned a place on the cover of Dartmoor Matters magazine. The magazine is free to all our members and the edition featuring his image will come out in late August this year. The quality of entries was extremely high and we saw…

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Pudsham Meadows

We recently hosted a very successful open day at Pudsham Meadows with some 30 visitors attending to marvel at the abundance of wildflowers. The same week saw our annual orchid survey, which helps to waymark the impact of our conservation efforts of these precious meadows throughout the year. The land was purchased in 2016 and…

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Moor Boots

We are thrilled to announce the relaunch of our successful small grant-giving scheme ‘Moor Boots’ as part of our mission to remove financial barriers to experiencing the great outdoors.

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Dartmoor Preservation Association joins collaborative campaign to ‘Save Our National Parks’

January 2024 – To celebrate the 75th anniversary year of National Parks, the nine National Park Societies from across England have signed a joint-letter calling on the political parties to put forward bold manifesto commitments at the next election to restore protected landscapes. The letter, co-signed by Campaign for National Parks, highlights the vital role…

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Drake’s Leat Bracken Cutting

Ken McGuire

June 2023 – The first bracken cutting event of the season for the Volunteers on Drake’s Leat last Friday, with ponies as interested spectators! Roborough Earthworks and around 250m of leat cleared in the day, a good effort by all. Photo taken by Ken McGuire

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Pudsham Orchid Count

On Wednesday 14th June, the DPA volunteers, assisted by volunteers from Devon Wildlife, carried out the annual count of the 4 types of orchid found in profusion in our meadows at Pudsham. It was encouraging to find that, despite the hot, dry weather, the numbers of Greater Butterfly, Southern Marsh, Heath Spotted and Twayblade orchids…

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Open Letter to DNPA Members

January 2023 – DPA Urges DNPA Members to Appeal Backpack Camping Ban in Open Letter. Today the Dartmoor Preservation Association have written an open letter to the National Park Authority calling on them to vigorously appeal the disappointing wild camping judgement. We also remind them that there is 85,000 acres of moor that they could…

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National Park Byelaw Proposals

HHW - Ross Barrett

November 2021- Dartmoor Preservation Association Critiques National Park Byelaw Proposals “Well-intentioned but confusing and over the top” was the DPA’s reaction to the Dartmoor National Park Authority’s proposed changes to the byelaws for public access on Dartmoor” The proposal comes from the Dartmoor National Park Authority following a sharp uptake in anti-social behaviour and inconsiderate…

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