View From….An Exmoor Artist

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Recent visitors to Exmoor National Park’s HQ, Exmoor House, may have noticed a series of Exmoor-centric paintings which we had on temporary loan from local artist Jo Minoprio (Moorland Art). They will now be available to view as part of the “EXMOOR TO THE SEA” exhibition at Landacre Gallery, starting this Saturday (23rd), running until Sunday 8th October between 11am and 6pm. In preparation for the opening, we decided to get a view from Jo as to what inspires her art.

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Pointing Us in the Right Direction

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A project to refurbish our cherished historic signposts driven by local people and parishes was given a boost by being awarded Heritage Lottery Funding late in 2016 for a two-year project to December 2018. This allowed the appointment of Charlotte Thomas to act as a co-ordinator and enabler for the project based at the National Park office in Dulverton. This article introduces Charlotte and explores the distinctive character of Exmoor’s cast iron finger posts.

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Exmoor’s Precious Woodlands

326-11-48-autumn-beech-3716There are over 9,000 ha of woodlands to be explored on Exmoor (of which Exmoor National Park owns or leases 569 hectares, with the National Trust, the Crown Estate and the Forestry Commission managing much of the rest). The woodlands are scattered across the park, often in deep valleys or along the steep coastal cliffs; many are accessible on public rights of way and include some of the long distance walking routes, such as the Coleridge Way.

Exmoor National Park has a long-term, landscape-scale approach to conservation and access. Each of our woodlands is subject to a management plan, setting out how we can improve the diversity, extent and condition of our most important and valued habitats. This article focuses on our latest work, and introduces the partnerships and initiatives that support these special places.

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Remember the Burbot?

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This article has been contributed by Phil Carey on behalf of Exmoor Rivers and Streams Group (ERaSG), the co-ordinating body for the riparian owner associations; the group, works to promote the wellbeing of Exmoor’s rivers in general. Phil’s article focuses on the salmon, an iconic Exmoor species which is an important indicator of the health of our rivers.

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View From… An Exmoor Volunteer

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We thought we’d do a ‘double bill’ as part of our ‘View From’ occasional series. Our last article featured our Volunteer and Outreach Officer sharing his ‘Night-in-the-Life-of’ role  – this article focuses on how one of our volunteers, Philip Coole, decided to #GetInvolved in volunteering for Exmoor National Park.

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