Author: Tony Whitehead

Tony Whitehead lives and works on Dartmoor. He has a passionate interest in the natural world and nature conservation and is an environmental campaigner. He is involved with a number of local groups including the Chagford Climate and Ecological Emergency Working Group and Extinction Rebellion. In March 2020 he helped organise the first Dartmoor People's Assembly.

Dartmoor’s wounded land, part two: cause and effect

Tony Whitehead

In the second of three articles, environmental campaigner Tony Whitehead considers how Dartmoor’s nature came to be in such a poor state. In part one, I paid attention to two of Dartmoor’s key wildlife habitats: the blanket bogs and upland heaths. Over the past 150 years, Dartmoor’s blanket bogs were cut for peat, drained for […]

Dartmoor’s wounded land, part 1: how meaningful is protection?

Tony Whitehead

Environmental campaigner Tony Whitehead considers the extent to which Dartmoor’s nature is protected, and the shocking condition of its protected sites. On 28 September Boris Johnson committed to protecting 30 per cent of the UK’s land by 2030. A fine ambition, of course, and to be welcomed. In the government statement that accompanied the announcement […]