Dartmoor National Park
A celebration of its people, places and wildlife

By Andrew Cooper

Dartmoor National Park
Paperback, 144 pages £10.95
Published: 27th October 2011
ISBN: 9781900322836
Format: 167mm x 244mm


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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 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.

For more information on the Dartmoor National Park's 60th Anniversary celebrations, please click here.

Click on the link below to see an example of some of the stunning photographs that feature in the book.

Dartmoor map

Foreword by Clare and Michael Morpurgo



1.     Tors and torrents – Birth of the landscape

2.     Rock and roll – The uses of granite

3.     Wet and wild – Climate and people shaping the landscape

4.     Standing stones and summer homes – A remarkable heritage

5.     The National Park – The creation and cultivation of a national icon

6.     Cattle, sheep and ponies – The importance of free-roaming stock herds

7.     Wildlife – Hawkers, harriers and hippos

8.     Dartmoor people – The stories of 20 people who live or work on Dartmoor

Endpiece: Why Dartmoor is special

Andrew Cooper

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 nine books including The Secret Nature of Devon also 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.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN: 9781900322836
Format: 167mm x 244mm
Full colour photographs

BISAC Code:  NAT000000, NAT037000, SCI019000
Imprint: Green Books

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