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Forthcoming Events

The following events have been organised over the next few months. More details can be found in our Newsletters. New events are normally added to the website to coincide with Newsletters being posted.

Please use the Book Now buttons to book places and pay online. If you are a Dartmoor Society member please sign into the Member Centre beforehand so you can book places for members-only events and not need to enter all your contact details every time.

Alternatively you can download and print a booking form and post it to us together with a cheque to cover any payment to The Dartmoor Society, PO Box 570, Torquay, TQ1 9JB.

When our events are over-subscribed, waiting lists are created. If you find that you cannot attend an event you have booked for, please contact the Honorary Secretary as soon as possible. Your place can then be allocated to someone else.

The Dartmoor Society Research Lecture 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Friday 15th November, 7:00pm
Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AL - SX 813 782

Conservation Grazing with Dartmoor Ponies – Reducing Molinia Dominance and Encouraging the Germination of Calluna Vulgaris (Heather) on an Upland Site on Dartmoor

Presented by Dr Paul Lunt and Dru Butterfield

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to go on the waiting list in case there are any cancellations, please email Tanya Welch at

Dr Paul Lunt is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Environmental Science, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University. He and his students have been working closely with The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT), headed by Dru Butterfield, and with grassland conservation grazing specialist Malcolm Gibb. The DPHT is a charity created to help ensure a sustainable future for the Dartmoor pony on Dartmoor.

Their research has taken place at Bellever Forest, Postbridge, and involves intensive studies with the aim of meeting Natural England’s requirement for scientific evidence of pony grazing impacts. The DPHT project measures the effectiveness of ponies combatting Molinia invasion. There will be a slide presentation and time for comments and questions afterwards.

When booking please ensure you inform us of any special dietary requirements. There are no tickets supplied for this event, however, all online bookings will receive an email response.

  • Open to the public – non-members welcome.
  • Members: £10.00 each.
  • Non-members: £12.00 each.
  • Includes a light buffet after the lecture.
  • Please book by Monday 11th November.

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Higher Shilstone - Memories of a Medieval Farmstead on Dartmoor

Higher Shilstone - Memories of a Medieval Farmstead on Dartmoor

Saturday 15th February, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Manaton Parish Hall, Devon, TQ13 9UJ (SX 75122 81419)

An illustrated talk and film screening presented by photographer Chris Chapman for the Dartmoor Society

Chris Chapman, photographer, TV presenter, author and film maker has produced a vast amount of work both on a local and international level.

In the summer of 1974 Chris set off on a three week walking tour of Dartmoor, together with a donkey called Mistletoe. When they arrived in the village of Throwleigh, Chris was so taken with the place that he decided to camp for a while, photographing life in the village including afternoon tea with the owners of a beautiful Dartmoor longhouse tucked in under Shilstone Tor.

The photographs he took became the foundation for a Dartmoor archive which now spans forty-five years, and in 1976 he chose the village of Throwleigh as his permanent home.

In view of his remarkable, wide-ranging record of Dartmoor, the society is delighted to promote this truly fascinating event.

Pre-booking is essential for catering purposes.

  • Open to the public – non-members welcome.
  • Members: £5.00 each.
  • Non-members: £6.00 each.
  • Refreshments included.
  • Please book by Monday 10th February.

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