Exmoor4all 2017 Calendar: March

Photo by Julia Amies-Green

Photo by Julia Amies-Green

On the lower slopes of Dunkery,  the sky was dense with the black and heavy clouds of a passing storm. It was close to sunset and the low disappearing sun produced an intense golden light in stark and dramatic contrast to the dark brooding skies, in an unfolding drama of light and dark. Enigmatic and wild Exmoor at its best!
Julia Amies-Green

And this is what the March page of the Exmoor4all 2017 Calendar looks like:

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We only have a limited number of calendars this year. Make sure you don’t miss out – when they’re gone, they’re gone.

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Last night on the moor….

Photo by Julia Amies-Green.

Photo by Julia Amies-Green taken on 6 October 2016: “Beautiful light on the moor last evening as the sun was setting.”

 

 

 

Mature beech hedges are a distinctive feature of Exmoor. They provide shelter to livestock and crops, are home to valuable wildlife, and an important historical record of human activity in the area. Usually they can be found on top of earth banks, some of them 2 metres high.  It is thought that some of these hedge walls go back 1000 years.

The Knight family of Simonsbath used beech extensively in the mid 19th century during their huge moorland reclamation project as did the Acland family who had a large estate on the moor.  Following experiments, they found that beech was the best choice to top the banks as it grows higher on Exmoor than anywhere else and is of little logging value.  When thinned and layed properly, it forms a good wind and stock-proof barrier.

(Source:  Everything Exmoor)

 

 

 

 

 

Early morning in the Exe Valley

Photo by Julia Amies-Green.

Photo by Julia Amies-Green.

The river Exe runs southwards from the heights of Exmoor’s moorland and finally reaches the sea in South Devon at Exmouth.  The word “Exe” comes for the old English world for water “isca”.
You can sit by the River Exe in Exford and Winsford, and catch glimpses of the winding and growing river when driving along the A396.