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Prehistoric ceremonial complex discovered in Dartmoor reservoir – Thu 12 Nov 2009

A hitherto unrecorded prehistoric complex has recently been revealed in the mud at the bottom of Tottiford reservoir, near Hennock, on Dartmoor. The complex consisting of stone rows, burial cairns and a stone circle had been hidden by the waters of the reservoir, the first to be built on Dartmoor (1861). They have been revealed…

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Yellow Archangel – Lamium Galeobdolon

Yellow archangel is a member of the dead-nettle family, and can be found along hedgerows and in woodlands, where it tends to favour damp ground. Traditional woodland management, where sections or coupes are periodically coppiced to let light through the canopy, is highly beneficial for this and many other species of woodland wildflower. The plant…

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Lesser Celandine – Ranunculus Ficaria

Lesser Celandine is one of the first wildflowers to emerge in the spring time, and it’s also one of the most cheering ones to see poking up through the greenery after a long winter. It is a member of the buttercup family, as you might guess from the bright yellow flowers… unlike Greater Celandine, which…

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Garlic Mustard – Alliaria Petiolata

Garlic mustard, or “Jack-by-the-hedge”, is one of the oldest plants to be used to flavour dishes, and it certainly gives off a lovely savoury aroma when crushed. Although it certainly can be eaten, it is not as palatable as ramsons (wild garlic) and I’m personally not a big fan, even though I love wild foraging.…

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Red Rumex Weevil – Apion Frumentarium

Now it’s no secret that I love a good beetle, and that goes double for a lovely little weevil like this Red Rumex Weevil here! As the name Rumex suggests, this weevil feeds on docks and sorrels, and so unlike many other weevils is not considered an agricultural pest. They like to hide on the…

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