Bovey Beauty

On Sunday 25th Sept there will be opportunities to take part in Family Friendly volunteering activities or for the more adventurous take part in the the Bovey Beauty Fell Race.   The Bovey Beauty has been running for a couple of years now enticing runners from Devon and further afield. It is a challenging 10 mile fell race through the beautiful  Bovey Valley incorporating a tough and hilly terrain. The volunteering activities take place along the route enabling family and friends andRead more

The River of Life: Family fun in the sun

Winding its way downstream from East Dartmoor, the River Bovey and all the life within it flows through Parke, where this week’s River of Life picnic was held. Glorious sunshine welcomed families who strolled in to join Moor than meets the eye and Woodland Trust rangers. Greeted by more of the team from Natural England and the National Trust, adults and children alike were drawn into a plethora of activities. One group headed off river dipping, where Fred from the National Trust showed everyoneRead more

Canopy science

When was the last time you climbed a tree?  I expect the last time for most of us was as children – climbing the biggest tree in our garden or in the local park.  So when I heard that some students from Plymouth University would be climbing up into the oak canopy at Yarner Wood to study the diversity of life there, I had to find out more. When I spoke with the tutors from Plymouth University I learnt that they were no strangersRead more

All in a ‘Clays’ work

If you have visited Yarner Woods recently you will have noticed that our pond water level has dropped more than usual. It was our task was to try to investigate why this had dropped so much and then mitigate the problem. This was an excuse for our Tuesday volunteer group to get their hands dirty or rather ‘clayey’ and do a bit of clay puddling around where we thought the source of the leak was. The clay was delivered andRead more

Bilberry Bonanza

Moor than meets the eye, a Heritage Lottery Funded Dartmoor Landscape Partnership Scheme, began its 2016 programme of summer events last Thursday with the brilliant Bilberry Bonanza. The adventure, hosted at Yarner Woods: East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, saw participants judge a wide variety of bilberry based delicious cakes and treats baked by the Moor than meets the eye team all competing for the coveted ‘Great Bilberry Bake Off’ trophy. After hunting through the woods for their own bilberries, familiesRead more