Help Get Devon Buzzing!

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Our latest article has kindly been provided by the Devon Local Nature Partnership about how we can make Devon as pollinator-friendly as possible.

You may have heard that our vital UK pollinators are in decline with a number of key species going extinct in the region? To raise the profile of what’s happening with these valuable insects, the Devon LNP want us to sign the Devon Pollinators Pledge and celebrate these amazing insects throughout July 2016 as Devon’s Pollinators’ Month.

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Name this Filly (sorry, but “Foaly McFoal Face” not allowed!)

Here’s something for the kids to do over the half-term holiday (and yes, that includes the ‘grown up’ kids too!). We have a lovely Exmoor filly who needs a name – so her owner has kindly allowed us to set up a competition for the public to name her. And mindful of a recent naming competition (which eventually was a winner for Sir David Attenborough), the winning entry will be selected by the owner – local author Victoria Eveleigh.

AND WE HAVE A WINNER! Our Exmoor foal is to be called FOLLY.

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Exmoor’s Future Landscapes: Bigger, Better, Brighter!

Punchbowl PanoramaThe Exmoor Society held their annual conference in Dulverton last week. The theme was ‘Exmoor’s Future Landscapes’ based on the findings of their report “Exmoor’s Moorlands – Where Next?” which was launched at the conference. The speakers provided both a local and national context (including representatives from Natural England,  RSPB and National Farmers Union) and agreed with the general conclusion that Exmoor’s future was bigger, better and brighter for all. Taking place just after the publication of the Government’s recent 8-Point Plan for National Parks, Rachel Thomas, Chairman of The Exmoor Society, commented “The success of the day was summed up in a tweet: Thank you @ExmoorSociety for an excellent conference. Good debate, passionate people & a healthy future in sight for #Exmoor.’ ”

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