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The impact of deer on Fingle Woods

In the midst of all this grey and dreary weather I thought I would write a reflective blog, taking you back to a moment of spring chill in sunnier weather.

Eager Beavers at Fingle Woods

As the “rewilding” debate expands its wings outside the confines of the conservation world and enters the mainstream media, Fingle Woods finds itself looking at where it can play a part. In the light of recent reports, we can see that both numbers and diversity of wild species are dropping…

#ThanksToYou

The final Fingle Lecture of the year will be an illustrated talk by local photographer Paul Moody and Fingle project manager David Rickwood. Paul has taken a staggering quarter of a million pictures of Fingle, so we’ll be selecting some our favourites for this photographic round up of 2018 and…

A year of Dormouse surveying

At Fingle we are lucky enough to have a wood filled with all kinds of different wildlife from Roe Deer to Salmon and Dippers. Yet there is one species in particular that lives here – the Hazel Dormouse. I have volunteered with the Fingle team for the past two years….

Trick or treat and the Birch tree

As we move through October, it’s difficult not to notice the ‘Trick or Treat’ costumes filling the shelves.  It’s a popular festival that at first sight appears to be a recent arrival however, if we scrape away at the gifts with their spooky undertones we find much older beliefs. Halloween,…

An experimental softwood charcoal burn

In a quiet spot, ride side, below a historical charcoal hearth now emblazoned with hazard tape and marked trees, the air filled steadily with a plume of wood smoke. The faint hiss and crackle of firewood drew the attention of passers-by to a four foot diameter charcoal kiln spewing the…

Five Years at Fingle – What Do We Know Now?

Since the Fingle Woods restoration project began in late 2013, a lot has changed. Volunteers have cleared clumps of invasive plants and built new bridges while contractors have cut down conifers and thinned out timber trees. The aim of all this work has been to raise Fingle’s potential as a…

Reflections on a spring of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries

It all started with a sunny day in April during the Royal Forestry society visit to Fingle Woods. The sun was blazing down on the road bisecting Wooston Hillfort and as I was driving along, a dazzling show of orange flashed by the vehicle. Now I am a strange creature…

Celebrating the seasons – Autumn

As Autumn arrives we can all sense the changes to the season. The green leaves turning into a mosaic of yellow, orange and red, giving us a final flourish of colour before Winter arrives. Traditionally people have linked trees to personal characteristics and linked the seasonal changes to the cycle…

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