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News From December 2019

Season Greetings 2019

Seasonal Greetings 2019

Seasonal Greetings

Posted in General on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 10:36pm

On behalf of our Vice Chairman Alan Endacott and the Executive Committee we would all like to give sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the Dartmoor Society during 2019.

It has been a very busy year with our Chairman of 21 years, Dr Tom Greeves, standing down in April and our usual attendance at the Summer Fairs of Chagford and Widecombe taking place.

Added to that we hosted our two hugely successful flagship events – the Debate in October and the Research Lecture in November.

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone sincere compliments of the Season and we are all looking forward to seeing you next year when we have another comprehensive line up of events prepared for you which we hope you will find fulfilling on both an intellectual and an emotional level.

A very Happy New Year to you all.

Tanya Welch – Dartmoor Society Honorary Secretary and Website Editor

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Dartmoor Society Research Lecture 2019

Dartmoor Society Research Lecture 2019

Dartmoor Society Research Lecture 2019

Posted in Events on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 10:32pm

It was a record breaker when 100 people congregated in the upstairs function room of the Dolphin Hotel Bovey Tracey on the 15th November to hear the findings of Dr Paul Lunt Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Plymouth University and Dru Butterfield from the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT).

The research has taken place on the land leased from Forestry England by the DPHT in the areas of Bellever Tor and Laughter Tor near Postbridge.

Dru gave her introduction and explained about the history of the Trust and she highlighted the fact that the findings had been a major team effort.

Paul Lunt then presented his findings based on a study that involves strategically positioned salt blocks being used to attract ponies to targeted areas of Molinia dominated moorland where other management strategies are not sustainable.

The Dartmoor Society is proud to announce that a Natural England ecologist has said “The results of this trial provide good evidence of the positive impact of pony grazing on Molinia”.

The study has now been shared with Defra and it will form part of the body of evidence that will help to shape the future Environmental Land Management System (ELMS).

The event was topped off by an excellent buffet produced by Robert and his team at the Dolphin Hotel.

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