PhD Student at the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter. ‘Stakeholder attitudes to the narratives of the Dartmoor Commons: tradition & the search for consensus in a time of change’

Formerly General Manager for the National Trust on Dartmoor (11 years), Property Manager at Wicken Fen (7 years) along with 15 years with the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants.

Creator of the ‘Big Idea’ for the Wildlife Trusts which later became the The Great Fen Project
Architect of the Wicken Fen Vision
NT lead on Fingle Woods – the NT/ Woodland Trust landscape scale partnership on Dartmoor

BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Zoology and Ecology) Exeter University
MSc in Conservation University College London
MBA The Open University

You can follow me on Twitter  @Dartmoor_AC.

Gig rower, sea kayaker, golfer, racketball player, 10 Tors Team Manager, walker, lover of Dartmoor and nature fanatic.

All the images on this blog unless otherwise stated are my copyright

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Adrian. My blog got nominated for a blogging award – not a very serious one, but fun anyway. I had to nominate some others in return, so I’ve included yours. Hope you don’t mind.

  2. Found wasp spider in my garden at Liverton today. Never seen one before in 60 years! Googled it and found your recent find at Parke on your blog. Have logged with Devon biodiversity records.

  3. Hi Adrian, Would be very interested to learn more about where the scaly crickets were found on Branscombe, I’m currently doing some work near the café with regard to the rock armour proposal; we didn’t find evidence of crickets in the location, I suspect due to the inappropriate habitat. Kind Regards. Steve

    • Steve – I found them 200m – 800m away from the cafe up towards Beer Head. The original colony was found near to the cafe near where the stream enters the sea but that habitat now looks unsuitable – shingle is too fine

      • Thanks Adrian, I did a survey to the immediate west of the café but the mixture of sediments there – underlain by a lot of coarse sandy muds – resulted in nothing but sandhoppers and the odd sea slater. Biggest problem I found with the pit falls was the interference by dogs who found the prospect of a take-away pasty too tempting!

  4. your comments and suggested solution about access to woods in the Teign Valley is of great interest to many of us living locally who regularly walk these enchanting woods. I’m not convinced money is the root cause of the problem, public stupidity is more likely. The landowner is fed up with litter, dog mess etc. and is no longer willing to put up with it on his doorstep/land. Another case of a small minority creating problems for the majority. Another possible alternative route is an improved path on the southside of the B3212 from the car park to the road entrance of the NT loop walking route, towards the top of the hill. ie bypassing the private land….but it is much steeper and will not be to everyone’s taste/ability

  5. Dear Adrian,
    I am an arachnologist affiliated with the University of Basel, Switzerland. In collaboration with an ecologist from Lund University, Sweden, I most recently completed a scientific study proving that spiders must have an enormous negative impact on insect populations. Our study will be published in the journal ‘Science of Nature’ (Springer Publishers). The University of Basel intends issuing a press release sometime during the next 2-4 weeks. I urgently need a few photos depicting spiders with insect prey. It is our intention to show these photos on the ‘University of Basel Homepage’. At the same time we wish to offer the photos for free to those journalists (from all over the world) who will report on this press release.
    I wish to ask you if you give permission to use two photos posted on your website https://adriancolston.wordpress.com/tag/argiope-bruennichi/. Of course we would give you full credit for being the photographer who took these photos. Furthermore, journalists would be advised that they are only permitted to use the photos if they give you credit for this and if they accept that you will keep the copyright for these photos.
    I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you!
    Kind regards,

    Dr. Martin Nyffeler
    Senior Lecturer in Zoology
    University of Basel

  6. Hi Adrian,

    Beautiful photos! I would love to get in touch with you about using one of your pictures (specifically Castle Drogo) for use in a TV programme I am assisting on.

    If you would like to discuss further, you can email me at jacquelinewallace [at] curvemedia [dot] com

    Many thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Jacqueline Wallace

  7. Hi Adrian,
    Thanks for your info. Using your photos I have identified the Violet ground beetle that we saw today on our walk to Yes Tor from Meldon reservoir. Thanks again!

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