Countryside Wardens

Bugs and (Mini)beasts

A bug is always an insect but an insect is not always a bug, although all are mini beasts, yet only some are creepy crawlies, which give many the heebie-jeebies! To give them their proper classifications, insects are six legged critters with usually 1 or 2 pairs of wings, so a butterfly comfortably fits into…

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23rd July 2018

Upstream Thinking

Most of us don’t think twice about turning on the tap and running a nice glass of cold water on a hot day, or filling up the kettle for a brew after a busy day at work, however that water has been on quite a journey since falling as rain. Only a very small proportion…

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15th May 2018

Plant Mythology – Stuff and Nonsense?

There are very few people who have heard of Nantree and even less that know where it is… It was my Gran, who, according to my dad, was always full of stuff and nonsense, who use to take me and my sister there.  It was her favourite spot, an ancient pedunculate oak deep in the…

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9th April 2018

Dartmoor’s Game Fisheries

When March rolls in and spring is underway South West Lakes Trust’s Game Fisheries burst into life.  Dartmoor plays host to a diverse range of fisheries and can cater for all anglers.  Whether it be the wilderness fishing that Fernworthy provides or a densely stocked Rainbow water such as Kennick. Kennick Reservoir is the Trusts…

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29th March 2018

Meet Sam LeBailly, West Devon Countryside Warden

Hi all, I just wanted to briefly introduce myself. My name is Sam LeBailly, 20 years old and I am the new West Dartmoor warden based at Burrator Reservoir. I am Devon born and bred, being brought up in the village of Stoke Gabriel (Near Totnes) and still live there now. After GCSE’s I moved…

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13th November 2017