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Dartmoor National Park: A Celebration of Its People, Places and Wildlife [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Andrew Cooper
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Book Description

27 Oct 2011
'I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor' - Steven Spielberg

This book is a celebration of Dartmoor National Park, highlighting its dramatic beauty, captivating wildlife and the cultural heritage of its landscape and inhabitants. One of England's greatest expanses of wild country, Dartmoor attracts countless visitors each year, who are keen to experience its vast open and ancient scenery, high craggy tors and secluded valleys; its peace, tranquillity and humbling splendour. This is a landscape largely created and maintained by generations of people whose lives are deeply entwined with a wild and beautiful place.

Dartmoor National Park paints a colourful picture of Dartmoor today, featuring stories by people passionate about their work and life on the moor. Their accounts reflect their emotional or spiritual attachment to some very special places, offering a fascinating insight into the history of the land and demonstrating the benefits and pleasures the National Park brings to both visitors and the local community.

The book also features chapters on Dartmoor's geology, history and archaeology, and describes the important role played by farming and livestock in managing the land. Beautiful colour photographs, including stunning panoramas, illustrate the magnificence of one of Britain's first and finest national parks.

Author Andrew Cooper is a wildlife broadcaster and producer and Chairman of the Devon Wildlife Trust. Clare and Michael Morpurgo, for whom Dartmoor has played a strong part in their lives, have written a foreword. The book is published with the support of Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Contents
Dartmoor map
Foreword by Clare and Michael Morpurgo
Preface, Introduction
Tors and torrents: Birth of the landscape; Rock and roll:The uses of granite; Wet and wild: Climate and people shaping the landscape; Standing stones and summer homes: A remarkable heritage; The National Park: The creation and cultivation of a national icon; Cattle, sheep and ponies: The importance of free-roaming stock herds; Wildlife: Hawkers, harriers and hippos; Dartmoor people: The stories of 20 people who live or work on Dartmoor
Why Dartmoor is special

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322836
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Cooper was born and brought up in Devon, worked in East Africa with Richard Leakey and team exploring human evolution, and then travelled around the world a few times for the BBC. Although a biologist and anthropologist by training, he has spent most of his working life as a television producer and broadcaster with the BBC Natural History Unit based in Bristol.
For as long as he can remember, Dartmoor has cast a powerful spell over Andrew. He was born and brought up in sight of the moors and his weekends were often spent playing among boulders and paddling in cold streams. As a youngster, Andrew was enthralled by huge sea trout leaping in the twilight, buzzards wheeling above craggy tors and the creeping closure of carnivorous plants consuming prey. It is no surprise that these uplands motivated Andrew to become a wildlife film maker.

After a lifetime spent producing BBC Natural History documentaries all over the world, the opportunity arose for Andrew to revisit the highest remaining wildwood in Britain and meet some amazing people. To stand waist deep in a frozen white wilderness, walk among drifts of native daffodils and revel in a story millions of years in the making were just some of the reasons to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dartmoor National Park in a special book.
Andrew is also Chairman of the Devon Wildlife Trust; a fouding trustee of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and a Trustee of the Whitley Wildlife Trust, the owners of Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Slapton National Nature Reserve, Devon.

Andrew lives with his wife on a farm in the historic and picturesque valley of Haccombe in South Devon. He is the author of seven books including The Secret Nature of Devon published by Green Books. His website, www.wildlink.org has webcams focussing on everything from Barn Owls to Badgers, and attracts over 22 million visitors a year.

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About the Author

Andrew Cooper is a BBC broadcaster, presenter, writer and international award-winning wildlife film-maker. He is the author of many books including The Secret Nature of The Isles of Scilly and The Secret Nature of Devon. He lives in south Devon and is Chairman of the Devon Wildlife Trust.

After a lifetime spent producing BBC Natural History documentaries all over the world, the opportunity arose for Andrew to revisit the highest remaining wildwood in Britain and meet some amazing people. To stand waist deep in a frozen white wilderness, walk among drifts of native daffodils and revel in a story millions of years in the making were just some of the reasons to celebrate Dartmoor National Park in this special book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 12 Jan 2012
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I bought this book as a Christmas gift for a Dartmoor enthusiast. He really enjoyed it so I have since bought another as a birthday present for a keen moor walker. Haven't read it myself yet but have received good feedback from the recipients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift 19 Mar 2014
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Bought this as a birthday gift for family in USA who are unable to visit an area much loved by the UK branch of the family. My sister-in-law is a geologist and very much into the environment and this had just the right level of information combined with photos to make interesting reading. She is now able to get far more out of the family DVD's etc that we send her. Nicely produced and worth the money. Did exactly what I wanted.
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