A partnership between the Woodland Trust and the National Trust

New Territory to be Explored

One of Fingle’s rarely visited and quieter pockets of woodland is being made available for walkers to go out and explore. The Fingle volunteers have been hard at work over the last few months, opening up a small and adventurous route beside the stream in Hall’s Cleave. The stream has been prone to flooding in the past and a new, carefully engineered high-capacity concrete culvert was built last year to allow forestry vehicles to cross the stream, leaving the water to flow unrestricted. This is not the only crossing point of the water course. The volunteers have been building a set of bridges and a board walk from local timber. Jim White is the volunteers’ supervisor and has designed the timber structures along the new walking route between Clifford Bridge and the forest tracks towards Mardon Down. While some of the volunteers have been assembling the chunky timber structures, others…

Deer Monitoring in Fingle Woods

Hello. I’m James, a volunteer ranger working with the Fingle Woods ranger team in the Teign Valley. I love nature! Yes, its true, I can’t help myself. Like so many of you out there I love every aspect from the plants and trees to the amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes….

Fingle Woods

Surround Sound III: What Time Do You Call?

It’s 4 a.m. Standing high on Wooston hillfort in the still night air. The full face of the moon picks out the trees on the crest of the Fingle gorge. It’s magical. Not a breeze or a rustle disturbs the meditative silence until a tawny owl reminds me of where…

6 things to look out for this May

1) Bluebells Let’s start with the obvious one for this time of year. Showy, brash, iridescent and downright unmistakable, swathes of bluebells carpet our woodland floor at this time of year. It’s always interesting to see how pockets of bluebells come out at different times of the year regionally and…

Fingle dor beetle

A Brighter Future

The long-term plan for the ecological future of Fingle Woods began a few years ago. Teams of woodland ecologists and volunteers walked the woods, studying each and every patch of planted conifer along with the remnants of ancient woodland. As they searched the ground, the wild flowers and herbs were…

Not only trees grow in Fingle Woods

One of the nice things about my job is getting to meet lots of different people from all walks of life who come to volunteer some of their time to the fabulous places which the National Trust looks after.  Some come for a day, some for a week on work…

Fingle timber

Cutting Trees with Intent

The restoration of Fingle Woods is providing many interesting opportunities for people within their working lives or during their rest and relaxation. Various parts of the woodland have been busy through the winter with forestry contractors and volunteers hard at work, and the longer days of spring and summer are…

Restoration, demonstration and discussion…

Last week  saw a visit from the Forestry Commissions’ West England Forest District.  The team from West England and there colleagues are responsible for the management of the public forest estate from the Forest of Dean to the far West of Cornwall.   The visit was focused around the range of restoration activity…

Group of walkers meet Heavy Horse by river Teign

A Living Tradition: Heavy Horses in Action

On Thursday the 30th of March the heavy horses, Beano and William, along with their handlers brothers Will and Alex, returned to Fingle Woods. The horses will be extracting timber, felled over the winter, to help improve habitat in an area being surveyed for Marsh Tits, a woodland species which…

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