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2010-10-27 06:10:00

A giant red stag believed to be the UK's biggest wild animal was killed for its antlers, according to reports on Tuesday. "The Emperor of Exmoor," as the beast has been dubbed, was named after the southwestern area where the stag frequented. The deer, which was about 12 years old, weighed more than 300 pounds, and stood more than 9 feet tall was found close to the road dead in the county of Devon. It is believed that a licensed hunter is responsible for legally killing the stag. But the...

2009-01-08 21:37:24

Some locals have speculated that an unidentified animal carcass that washed up on an English beach may have been the legendary Beast of Exmoor. Police said two officers recovered the carcass after a member of the public reported a dead animal the size of a calf with canine teeth had washed up on a Croyde beach, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. It's a good five feet long, and it's got black fur, said one of the officers who responded to the beach. "It certainly looks quite beast-like with...

2008-10-02 00:00:11

E ven in difficult times quality property sells and Kemps Farm, Winsford, on Exmoor, is no exception to the rule. Kemps Farm extends in total to 347 acres and is a well-managed and looked-after Exmoor hill farm. Including a six-bedroom farmhouse rebuilt in the 1980s and three-bedroom cottage, the farm also has two excellent stock buildings and the holding has been run by the Winzer family for 50 years with improvements carried out year on year. The ground is all down to pasture, with...

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Five people were rescued from a car as heavy rain caused flash floods in parts of the Westcountry over the weekend. The wet weather kept Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service busy, pumping water from properties and responding to incidents. At 3.15am on Saturday, firefighters rescued five people from a car stranded in floodwater at Bridge Reeve, near Chulmleigh, North Devon. At 6am on Saturday, firefighters responded to a flooded property call in Silverdale Close, Brushford, near...

2008-09-02 00:00:17

Westcountry lensman Tony Howell's work has an instantly recognisable style, for he creates simple, uncluttered compositions that evoke a sense of peace and stillness. Not for nothing is the 48- year-old regarded as one England's finest landscape photographers, as he prides himself on being a perfectionist when working with his camera. Born in Plymouth, Tony began taking photographs when his dad gave him a Kodak Instamatic. He snapped away at sunrises and sunsets, then a friend showed him a...

2008-06-26 00:00:00

The fragile economic viability of hill farming in the South West, already threatened by years of poor returns, may be made worse by the consequences of the Single Farm Payment scheme, according to a new study. Published on the eve of a major conference about the future of farming on Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor, the report paints a bleak picture of the future for the region's hill farmers, with subsidies no longer based on the numbers of livestock produced. The report, prepared...


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Exmoor Ponies
2014-04-13 11:07:39

The Exmoor Pony is native to the British Isles and fossils have been found in and around Exmoor dating back some 50,000 years. Some residence claim the Exmoor Pony has been there since the Ice Age. DNA to confirm this has not been supported, however, a close match to primitive wild horses has been determined. Roman carvings depicting drawings similar to the Exmoor Pony have been found in Somerset. The breed’s first documented mention was in Exmoor in 1086. Now other documents mentioning...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'