Highlights – February

Moorland - the Heart of ExmoorA brief update from the Heart of Exmoor scheme.
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  • Funding claims made to Sustainable Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and LEADER.
  • Launched new bespoke website. 16 blog posts published. Exceeded 500 Twitter followers.
  • Reaching Out. Collaborative effort planned for 1st March ‘Exmoor Awareness’ for tourism providers. OPAL workshops – 14 people trained to deliver experiments at this year’s Big Adventure events. [OPAL is a partnership initiative celebrating biodiversity, environmental quality and people’s engagement with nature www.opalexplorenature.org ]
  • Volunteers for the Moor. 80 people (scouts, youth clubs) working with NT, ENPA and Crown Estate staff to clear silver birch scrub to create butterfly, glow worm, and nightjar habitat on Hopcott. Joint press release done.
  • Moorland Classroom. Willow Bank Primary School from Collumpton achieved ‘climbing assault’ on Dunkery for 60 year-four children.
    Web resources: twilight piloting workshop fully subscribed (24 teachers) and very well received; web format drafts ongoing; more site assessments done at Dunster, Alderman’s Barrow and Exe Head.
  • Access for All. Sensory sessions done for local groups.
  • Moor to Sea. Salmon rearing tank set up at Bickleigh school with River Exe Project.
  • Exmoor’s Treeless Forest. March seminar fully booked.
  • Discovering Prehistory. Loan box materials introduced to teachers at Exford twilight session. Summer activity planned alongside a Hawkcombe Head dig.
  • Views of the Moor. Interview for student placement. Strong interest from Exmoor Pony herd owners.
  • Moorkeepers. Draft proposal for 3rd Moorkeeper.
  • Moor Skills. Short courses in discussion with WSCC. Practical experience sessions began at Holdstone Down for 2 local trainees.
  • Empowering Moorland Managers. Launched the Exmoor Pony Grants at 2nd meeting for moorland herd owners. Offered help for West Anstey commoners to formulate a new constitution.
  • Demonstration Moors. Exmoor Mires ran a session for moorland managers and stakeholders on Aclands, which will be used to create a short film about the approach.
  • Reconditioning Moorland Character. Several small grants approved. Organising further meetings about potential major projects.
  • Conserving the Moorland’s Past. Interviewed for placement student.
  • Promoting Exmoor’s Ponies. First grant applications received after the successful meeting for moorland herd owners.

About Programme Manager

Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park's moorland, and supporting those who take care of it.
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