Posts for Animals

Worrying attacks on livestock on Dartmoor

From Devon & Cornwall Police: In the last five years there have been 500 attacks from dogs on livestock in Devon and Cornwall with year on year increases being reported by farmers. This part of Dartmoor has some of the highest number of reports to police in the county. It […]

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Geoffrey Cox MP on food standards and future trade deals

In response to a letter from me, as one of his constituents: I have made agricultural businesses and local farmers in Torridge and West Devon a priority since I was first elected in 2005, so I am keenly aware of how important these issues are to our rural community. I […]

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Good news as Tamar wetland saved

There was a plot of land for sale at Tamarstone, just a mile East of Redpost bordering the Tamar just on the Devon side. It was a rare wetland habitat untouched for years. It has now been saved by Crowd Funding thanks to  Keep-it-Wild and is to be left as […]

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Dog attacks kills lamb at Northam Burrows

Torridge District Council are yet again reminding all dog walkers to take care near sheep after a lamb was found dead on Northam Burrows on Monday, the 20th of April. The Country Park is popular with dog walkers but is also a grazing common for animals, where the residents of the […]

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Brown hares and chickens used to b e considered ‘gods’

From University of Exeter: Brown hares and chickens were considered “gods” rather than food when they were first arrived in Britain in the Iron Age, new research shows. Archaeological evidence shows that the first brown hares and chickens to arrive in Britain were buried with care and intact. There is […]

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4 cows rescued from Holsworthy slurry pit

A fire engine from Holsworthy and the special rescue team from Camels Head were sent to reports of cows trapped in a slurry pit at Tetcott.  Slurry pits are potentially dangerous as this incident showed, so it is easy to see why they are unpopular, but such is the scale […]

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Children build bird boxes over half-term

A large group of Adults and Children gathered on Northam Burrows during the week to take part in building bird boxes for our feathered friends. With a nod towards the Councils aim of improving the environment, the materials supplied by the rangers came from recycled wood taken from the centre, […]

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To feed or not to feed? The issue with starlings …

So, it’s lovely sitting at my desk watching the blue-tits, chaffinches, robins, blackbirds and the occasional collared dove nibbling away at the seeds I put out daily for them. However, trouble looms in the shape of starlings. Starlings are lovely birds whose murmurations are a sight to behold. I don’t […]

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Independent farming films encourage people to think local

Health and wellbeing for people, communities and the environment are big discussion topics today.  Buying local, when it comes to food, has a positive impact on the local economy and environment and in turn, benefit the wellbeing of not only the producers but consumers too.   A collection of North […]

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Devon documentaries set to make waves

A new six-part documentary series starring the people and landscapes of North Devon premieres in the county this month – narrated by BBC Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke. Journey to the Sea has been produced in partnership between North Devon Biosphere, WWF, Sky Ocean Rescue, the National Trust, and the Environment Agency. Journey […]

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