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Are Wild Swimmers Jeopardising Dartmoor’s Natural beauty?

Interesting piece. It’s not ‘wild swimmers’ at fault – we tend to be the ones who pick up litter. See Sophie Pierce’s Twitter campaign #quickpick

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The Western Morning News reports:

“Tourists’ Antisocial Behaviour is Jeopardising Dartmoor’s Beauty”

We need visitors but they’re not necessarily good for the environment, writes Martin Hesp…

An example lies on the desk before me on the cover of a quarterly publication called Dartmoor Matters, which is the mouthpiece of the Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA). The head-line asks: “Is Dartmoor too popular for its own good?”

The publication’s editor, Fiona Senior, writes: “This is a strange question for the DPA to be asking, given that one of our objectives is the protection and preservation of public access to and on Dartmoor. Sometimes, however, there is a downside…” …like fly-tipping, fires and barbecues, abandoned vehicles (many burned out), off-road driving, livestock worrying by dogs, and so on…

The rangers say that £20,000 a year is spent by the national park authority in disposing of the litter, a figure that does not include…

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2 thoughts on “Are Wild Swimmers Jeopardising Dartmoor’s Natural beauty?

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I feel like there are two mindsets of people visiting: Those who love and respect the landscape and those for whom it is a big jolly. My blood pressure rises with mountain bikers who are not on bridal paths; people who pick up dog poop, put it in a plastic bag and then either hang it from a tree branch or tuck it in between stones in the walls; and the endless litter. On our track alone, I feel like I am constantly picking up rubbish.

  2. The worst are those who are only prepared to take their responsibility so far – i.e. to the tree or the stile – leaving plastic bags of who knows what for ‘somebody who gets paid to clean up’ (probably nobody these days). It’s intensely worrying that so many people, in every part of the country, feel this behaviour is acceptable.

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