Exmoor Pony Festival events on today


The MEPBG Pony Show at the

Brendon Country Show.

10.30am start. Sunday 10 August.

The inaugural Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group MEPBG Exmoor Pony Show will feature both moorbred and homebred Exmoor ponies from Exmoor National Park. There are classes for registered, Section X and Exmoor-X ponies. Come and experience the old traditions of the Exmoor moorland farmers gathering to showcase their beautiful Exmoor ponies, at one of Exmoor’s longest standing horse shows. Plenty of accommodation available (including stabling & grazing).

We look forward to seeing you there! Location: Brendon Barton Farm, Brendon, Lynton, Exmoor, Devon, EX35 6LP.
Show Schedule and Entry Form available at http://www.brendonshow.co.uk Contact: MEPBGShows@hotmail.com / 01598 741201.

Social Evening – Quiz and BBQ.

6.30pm. Sunday 10 August.

A barbecue in the beautiful surroundings of the Exmoor Pony Centre, with a fun quiz hosted by Dr Sue Baker, author of ‘Survival of the Fittest’. A relaxed and welcoming evening open to all Exmoor Pony enthusiasts! Take this opportunity to learn more about Exmoor ponies and meet a few of local characters and herd owners of Exmoor. Meet: The Green Room at the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, near Dulverton, TA22 9QE.
Contact: Linzi Green 01398 323093.

MORE EVENTS at http://exmoorponyfestival.org.uk 

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Exmoor’s Archaeology Forum 27 September 2014

Celebrate the rich archaeological landscape surviving on Exmoor at the 14th Annual Archaeology Forum on Saturday 27 September 2014, the 60th anniversary year of the designation of the National Park.


A digital artist’s impression of Chapman’s Barrow, comissioned through the Heart of Exmoor Scheme. Copyright 2013 (c) Peter Lorimer

The forum will highlight recent work across the National Park including community projects such as the Longstone Landscape Project investigating moorlands above Challacombe and Parracombe. There will also be an update on the historic settlement project Dig Porlock Village.

Is White Rock Cottage more than a humble dwelling? Find out how it has been a key to researching the creation of the 19thcentury landscape in Simonsbath. New discoveries associated with the Exmoor Mires Project will be presented together recent palaeological research into the development of the mires and an assessment of the historic routeways which have carved their way across the moor.

Rob Wilson North, conservation manager at Exmoor National Park says: “The archaeological forum is our chance to share more detailed information about what we and others have discovered about Exmoor’s past and discuss how the results can be interpreted and lead us into new areas of research.”

Speakers will include Ralph Fyfe (University of Plymouth), Linda Blanchard and Hazel Riley as well as staff from Exmoor National Park: Faye Balmond (Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership), Lee Bray (Exmoor Mire Project), Shirley Blaylock and Rob Wilson-North.

This year the forum will be held in Filleigh Village Hall and the cost is £15 per person (lunch included) or £10 per person without lunch. The event is usually well attended so anyone who is interested should book as soon as possible. The booking form can be downloaded via: http://goo.gl/pIzMcN

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Bogtastic accommodation list released !

If you are planning on coming along to the Wild Night Out in Simonsbath on Saturday 16th August and attending Bogtastic the following day on Sunday 17th August, or just want to enjoy a few extra ‘wildlife’ pints, you can easily spend a night on Exmoor and make a boggy weekend out of it.
With different types of  available – varying from camping, dorms, B&B to self-catering, there is plenty to choose from, whatever your budget. To help give you a few ideas of places to stay, we’ve compiled a list of local places.
A big thank you to the  Exmoor Holiday Group for their generous sponsership of the guide and for Porlock Vistor Centre for handling bookings.  Please check them both out !

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Wildlife training success.

The New Ecologist Wildlife Training programme continues to go from success, with over 18 training sessions delivered in just over 6 months. One such course was a
a Wild flower identification workshop led by the Exmoor National Park’s Conservation Officers (Wildlife) at Simonsbath Sawmill. Wild flower surveying is important as they are an crucial part of the ecosystem with many different species of mammal, birds and insects relying on them.

Bea, Conservation Officers (Wildlife) commented “We were blessed with fine weather and keen volunteers. There is a wonderful variety of species around Simonsbath that can be enjoyed though the summer months”.

The sessions started with an introduction on how to identify some of the species of wild flowers, including the wild strawberry and the tormentil that is found on Exmoor. The volunteers then got the chance to test their skills in the habitat.

Ruth, a volunteer for the Exmoor Natural History Society highlighted how the course was “ A great opportunity to increase your identification skills. As a member of the Natural History Society I was pleased to take part on this training day”.

The Wild flower identification training day was a free training day that was part of Exmoor Wild Watch 2014, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Exmoor Trust and Exmoor National Park though the Heart of Exmoor. For more information on future training days visit the website at: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/communities/get-involved or to see Simonsbath wildflowers at first hand with local experts come along to Bogtastic on August 17th in Simonsbath.

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The Great Exmoor Welly Boot Show 2014

Welly Boot Show Poster

Jessica Robertson, the show organiser says: “All you need to do is decorate an old pair of wellies or shoes with a wildlife or boggy theme and bring them along to Simonsbath to claim your prize. The finale will be the announcement of ‘Best in Shoe’ with prizes given to the best decorated pair of wellies and shoes.

“Why not go one step further and turn your decorated shoes or wellies into gardens? By filling them with soil and planting seeds or flowers in them, you can make your very own welly garden.”

The Show is open to everyone of all ages and is wonderful opportunity to be creative and reuse old wellies or shoes. Rain or shine, everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate the good old welly at Bogtastic 2014; entries from schools and youth clubs will be particularly welcome.

Jess Robertson and Emma Wake  from the Bogtastic team along with Elliot Prior  of Masons Kings Country Store,  exclusive sponsors of the Exmoor Welly Boot Show

Jess Robertson and Emma Wake from the Bogtastic team along with Elliot Prior of Masons Kings Country Store, exclusive sponsors of the Exmoor Welly Boot Show.

The Show has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Masons Kings Country Store “It’s a pleasure to be the sole sponsor of the Exmoor Welly Boot Show, at Bogtastic 2014. As proud residents of Exmoor, we take pride in supporting the local community and events” says Elliot Prior from Masons Kings Country Store.

Entries open at 10am in Simonsbath and the winners and runners up will be announced at 2.30pm. For more details on the show ring 01398 322164 or visit the Bogtastic Web pages on the Exmoor National Park website 01398 322164.

Free Welly Boot Show Poster!

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Try Fly Fishing

Are you aged 11 to 16? Try Fly Fishing!

For a second year, the River Exe and Tributaries Association (RETA) is offering the opportunity for you to try your hand at fly fishing. You will learn the basics of fly casting under the supervision of experienced and fully qualified instructors registered with the Angling Trust.

Thanks to a bequest from Robin Bailey, a founding supporter of RETA, we are able to provide the opportunity to young people

Free of charge, and you can keep any fish that you catch!

This event is being held at the Exe Valley Fishery, Exebridge, on
Monday 4 August 2014. It is important to register and return your confirmation details as soon as possible as numbers are limited. For further information, or to register, phone Richard Horrocks on 01884 820865 or email: richard.horrocks1@btinternet.com

Download the FREE Poster!

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Exmoor’s aflutter – 3 Orange Butterflies Wanted!

Exmoor National Park is home to several of Britain’s rarest butterflies – but when it comes to monitoring, it is not only the endangered species that count.

The 3 target species are Heath Fritillary, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary and, surprisingly, the Comma. Despite Commas being considered common, Exmoor National Park’s records are short of data on this little beauty. So please keep your eyes peeled during the summer months.


Paul Camp, National Trust Ranger explained, “June and July are the best times to spot some of the UK’s rarest and most endangered butterflies.”

“The extremely rare Heath fritillary is found in many of the steep sided combes around Dunkery, Alcombe Common, Grabbist Hill Giant’s Chair and Haddon Hill – 90% of these Exmoor locations are on National Trust land. Commas could be almost anywhere on Exmoor – so please help us map where they are.”

Small pearl-bordered fritillaryExmoor Wild Watch 2014 needs your help to learn more about 3 special orange and brown butterflies, so pick up a FREE photo guide to help you identify them, from the 3 National Park Centres or on the Exmoor Wild Watch website. ( http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/wild-watch )
Through the work of organisations such as Butterfly Conservation we now know Exmoor is a vitally important location for these species, particularly the Fritillaries, which are only found at very few sites in the British Isles.

Exmoor Wild Watch 2014 relies on local expertise from volunteers and officers of Butterfly Conservation, Exmoor Natural History Society and the National Trust. The project is supported by the Exmoor National Park and the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Heart of Exmoor Scheme.

Reporting sightings couldn’t be easier. Just visit http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/wild-watch or ring 01598 752509.

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