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Looking Deeper into the Water of the Teign

For those of us fortunate enough to walk along the banks of the River Teign in Fingle Woods, we can admire the beauty of the rippling water; clean and sparkling as it bustles along its tree lined channel. We can enjoy the sight and sound of the fresh water tumbling…

Walking with Purpose

We are sitting on a track in the sun in a part of Fingle Woods I have never explored before. All morning we have been working in the shade of the trees and my ankles (bad choice of clothing yet again) are scratched from pushing through bracken and brambles. Our task, one that we and other teams have been doing regularly since July, is to survey the ancient boundaries masked still by the conifers at Fingle. There are, our maps suggest, some 28 kilometres of such boundary on these hillsides, representing the edges of old fields, tracks or patterns of ownership. Some are marked by huge stone walls, boulders the size of grazing animals piled one on top of another. Others are earth banks, slumped now into the soil. Often they are topped by hazel and holly coppice but we also encounter massive old trees, frequently ancient, multi-stemmed oaks. In…

Species Monitoring- Getting to Grips with Fingle’s Dormice

Once a month, from May to October, I get to spend a day wandering about in the woods looking for dormice. Having been a Fingle Volunteer for a while, when the opportunity arose last spring to take part in dormouse surveys I jumped at the chance. Dormice are a protected…

Fingle larch

Caught on Camera – A Year of Change

A lot has changed at Fingle Woods over the last year and, to capture the progress, Tom Williams has been filming from his Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (that’s a drone to most of us!) over Halls Cleave again. One of the most dramatic changes in the landscape was the sudden clear…

Barbastelle bat in Fingle Woods

Going Batty

This week Dr Matt Zeale and Andy Carr from the University of Bristol are returning to Fingle to continue their bat survey. Back in June I was lucky enough to join them for the first of four evenings of detecting and trapping…   Though it was only late afternoon, as…

Fingle Woods summer

Summer at Fingle – Looking for Lammas

Once the colourful flourish of spring wildflowers is over, the woodland takes on every hue of green as summer establishes itself. The annual race for the available sunlight has been won by the tall trees of the canopy and the browned stems of the once glorious bluebells stand in the…

A sabre wasp in Fingle Woods

Fingle – the curiously unusual.

So often when I work around Fingle it’s easy for the eye to be drawn to a view, a cluster of trees caught in the sunlight, or the sound of the bird song drifting across the hush of conifer. Sometimes it’s all too easy to overlook the small things, the…

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…

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….

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