Something caught our eye on our last walk between Sandy Hole Pass and Lade Hill. Small flags fluttering in the breeze, on the slopes beneath Statts House.
This is the Dartmoor Mires Project in action again. Part of the same National Park Authority/Environment Agency/Exeter University collaboration reported previously at Flat Tor Pool. This area of Winneys Down is now covered in unnaturally shaped ponds and these little boundary flags. The marks on the moor are obvious. The digger tracks on Winneys Down are still visible more than a year after the work was completed.
This attempt at re-wetting Dartmoor slopes has been described by the Dartmoor Society, and Dr Tom Greeves as interfering with pristine landscape, the expenditure of thousands of pounds unnecessarily and the subsequent hazard to humans and wildlife. The Environment Agency highlights the benefits of peat bog creation: namely providing a carbon sink, improving water quality and increased biodiversity.
Two 'Youtube' videos exist, with both sides of the argument explained. I'd love to hear some opinions.
The case FOR: c/o Dartmoor National Park Authority
And then AGAINST: The Dartmoor Society