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Getting to Grips with Bracken – Advice Workshop

Bracken is amongst the most pernicious and problematic species faced by the hill farmer and its grip in the uplands is increasing year on year. This workshop will explore its impacts and provide the latest advice and guidance on control and management.

The workshop takes place on Thursday 10th May 10:00-15:00, at the Edgemoor Hotel (nr. Bovey Tracey). This workshop is free and is being jointly hosted with the All the Moors Butterflies Project. To book a place please email or contact the Hill Farm Project office on 01822 890913 or hfp@dartmoor.gov.uk

The morning session includes a range of speakers who will cover topics from animal health to the impact of bracken on archaeological features.

Following lunch the workshop will move to Haytor to look at works undertaken by the Commoners Association to control Bracken.

A few notable species are associated with bracken habitats which includes the Pearl Bordered and High Brown Fritillary butterfly. The field visit will also discuss appropriate management for these species and opportunities to enhance applications for agri-environment schemes.


Morning Speakers (11AM – 12.45 PM)
Richard Walters – South Moor Vets
Simon Phelps – Butterfly Conservation
Sandy Gerrard – Archaeological Consultant
Sally Hope Johnson – FWAG


Afternoon (1.30 – 3PM)
Site Visit to Haytor with Haytor and Bagtor Commoners Association

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Current Funding

We are grateful to the Prince's Countryside Fund, DNPA, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Heritage Lottery Fund for our current funding from 2017-2020.

The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme

Dartmoor Hill Farm Project is one of 15 partners working throughout the UK to deliver 'The Prince's Farm Resilience Programme', aimed at businesses who's primary enterprise is beef, sheep or dairy.

Heather Beetle

In many areas, the Heather Trust believes that the heather beetle has been instrumental in driving the change from heather to grass dominated moorland. They request any records of  heather beetle damage on Dartmoor. Please respond directly to the Heather Trust if you have observations from 2018. Here is the FORM.

Drop in Desk

We have a drop-in computer desk with internet access and printer available for Dartmoor farmers to use at the DHFP office. In some cases we can book computer trainers to help you with a particular programme or aspect of IT that will help your farm business.  


Farmers can borrow one of our two FECPAKs for 3 months to see how you get on with checking the worm burden of your sheep on farm. A Payment of £30 is needed and you get the support of a farmer mentor to show you how to set it up and use it. 


The Hill Farm Project newsletter currently has a circulation of over 500 farmers on Dartmoor.  It is produced quarterly, with additional mail-outs for special issues or events: Our next newsletter is due out at the end of November, e alerts are going out frequently.  

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