Launch of coastal appeal in bid to buy Bantham beach and Avon estuary

Our colleagues in the South Devon Countryside portfolio along with many National Trust Regional folk have been working really hard over the past few months on the ‘Bantham’ acquisition – things are beginning to really motor now so I thought I would share with you this really exciting news. Press here to see our press release issued today. You can donate to the appeal here.

Images By Steven Haywood - National Trust - Bantham Village,  South Hams Devon. Image of Bantham beach by Steven Haywood

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National Trust Devon Rangers come to Dartmoor

Around 50 of the National Trust’s Rangers in Devon have just met at Fingle Bridge in the Teign Valley for a conference on the Outdoors and Nature. We spent two days in the glorious sunshine and camped overnight. Tremendous atmosphere and camaraderie – now all back to our special places fired up and ready to manage them even better for people and wildlife. Full photo set here

rangers-24Team photo at the end

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50 things to do

It’s half term so here are a few things you can do to keep everyone occupied and happy in the great outdoors. The National Trust runs a free campaign to get kids outdoors doing fun things called 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4. Here is the link to the 50 things web site which gives you all the details you need to know – what are the 50 things, where you can do them (in your garden, the the countryside or at an NT Property) and how to them safely.


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Red Rangers

From now on all National Trust Rangers on Dartmoor (and indeed the rest of the South West) will be easily identifiable to everyone as they will be wearing red tops.

Ranger teamSome of the Dartmoor Rangers at Parke today
From l to r: Adrian Colston, Dartmoor General Manager; Mick Jones, Lead Ranger North Dartmoor; Adrian Shaw, Area Ranger Lydford Gorge; Tom Wood, Area Ranger Teign Valley; AJ Bellamy, Lead Ranger South Dartmoor; Pete Davies, Area Ranger Plym Valley and Fred Hutt, Ranger Parke.

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Pearl Boardered Fritillary

Pearl Boardered Fritillary

 This is the time of year when we take stock of the success of the years Pearl-bordered Fritillary all too short fight period. The news is not very good as once again despite our best efforts in providing the habitat the weather has stepped in with rain overcast skies and strong cold winds, not ideal breeding conditions for a small rare butterfly. Some have been seen and with the past few days of sunshine hopefully the late fliers will be able to get out there and lay some eggs in hope of a sunny spring next year.

On the subject of habitat within conservation there are often difficult decisions to be made around management options. One of these conundrums is developing on the side of the gorge below Castle Drogo. Continue reading…

Bluebells on Dartmoor – they are out!

Dartmoor’s bluebells tend to flower later than those in the lowlands – simply because it’s at a higher altitude and the climate is harsher. However once they are out they are usually spectacular.



Bluebells at Parke

Bluebells are one of the classic flowers of the moor’s woodlands.  The National Trust has a number of brilliant places to see bluebells. Try any of the following woods over the next couple of weeks and you wont be disappointed.

Lydford Gorge
Teign Valley Woodlands – around Castle Drogo at Fingle Bridge, Fingle Woods, Dunsford Woods
Plymbridge – on the edge of Plymouth
Dewerstone Woods on the Plym near Shaugh Prior
North Wood on the Plym down from Cadover Bridge
Hembury Woods on the Dart
Holne Woods by New Bridge on the Dart