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Dartmoor Commoners' Council Elections 2022

The following commoners have been appointed: North: Mr Peter L Heard & Mr James Reddaway South: Mr Philip Cleave, Mrs Ann Willcocks & Miss Alison Webber East: Mr Layland Branfield & Mr John Shears West: Mr Philip Abel & Mrs Mary Alford

Dartmoor National Park Byelaw Review

Here is Dartmoor Commoners Council response to the byelaw review More


There is currently an outbreak in some of the pony herds of a very infectious respiratory disease. It is called 'Strangles' caused by a Streptococcus. It is easily spread by pony to pony contact from nasal discharge, which can also contaminate personal clothing & items, leading to further spread to ponies. Therefore, please observe & enjoy from a distance. Confirmed cases to date on Haytor Down, Trendlebere Down & more recently, Dunnabridge Common & Meldon Common (Chagford). Infected animals are being monitored. Advice NOT to feed the ponies still applies.

Loss of Livestock

Council is continuing to monitor reports of missing livestock in order to gain a better understanding of the scale of the issue, be able to identify if there are any specific hot spots & gather evidence to raise the matter with the Police. PLEASE REPORT ANY INCIDENTS OF MISSING LIVESTOCK DIRECTLY TO THE COMMONERS' COUNCIL OFFICE. TEL: 01822 618892

Contact Details

Dartmoor Commoners' Council, 1 Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AR Tel: 01822 618892