Because of you we have been able to support many great projects across Dartmoor, these have included:
Nuns Cross Path, Princetown
There are 450 miles of footpaths and bridleways across the National Park and this project is improving access along a well-used route across a spectacular area of high moorland from Princetown to Eylesbarrow. We are carrying out path repairs and improvements along with moorland restoration works to limit erosion.
Work has progressed well thanks to Donate for Dartmoor and Mend Our Mountains donations. In places, the path had widened up to seven meters and work has been done to restore the sensitive moorland habitat. As a guide it costs £30 - 40 per linear metre to repair upland paths and restore moorland at the edges. The estimated total cost of this project is around £200,000!
Once complete, Nuns Cross Path will provide a 20km circular, high quality, sustainable walking and cycling route from Princetown, boosting tourism and the local economy.
Please help us finish restoring this important path. Just £5 can help!
House Martin nests
This project was launched by Devon Birds and supported by Donate for Dartmoor, and partner organisations in response to the continued national decline in this summer visitor. Dartmoor still supports good numbers of house martins but we need to understand why they nest where they do - is it the availability of suitable building nest sites? Perhaps the nearby presence of insect-rich habitats such as hay meadows over which the birds feed? This information is being used to raise awareness on Dartmoor and may help others to understand and stop the national decline.
In 2016 nest surveys were coordinated in six Dartmoor parishes. Talks, guided walks and conservation activities were run over the spring and summer months. Over 90 nesting records were submitted. Sixty artificial nest were given away in raffles. The project continued into 2017.
Dartmoor provides a home for a range of wildlife, and is also an important stronghold for some declining and threatened species. Donations have helped protect dormice habitats and given us a clearer understanding of them.