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Fingle Lecture Series 2019: February and March

Join us for another season of walks and talks. Throughout 2019 we’re offering another series of lectures about Fingle’s fascinating wildlife, history and restoration. Below is a little taster of the first two talks, so you can pop the dates in your diary. The first talk of the year is on Thursday the 7th of February where Peter Randall Page, the famous artist and sculptor, will talk about how the Teign Valley inspires his work, we hope to see you there!   Peter Randall Page Thursday 7th February, 7pm at the Fingle Bridge Inn The prominent British sculptor Peter Randall Page will be discussing his captivation with nature, in particular trees, fruit and seeds, and talking about his love for the Teign Valley and how it inspires his work.   Nick Dixon Thursday 7th March, 7pm at the Fingle Bridge Inn Bird of prey expert Nick Dixon will lay bare the secret life of the…

Halls Cleave – A Quiet Corner

Deep in Fingle Woods, in a quiet corner of Hall’s Cleave, a pint-sized stream carries pure Dartmoor water from the springs in the hills above. Day and night, it babbles enthusiastically to itself, tumbling through the woods along its 2-mile journey to the River Teign. For so long it has…

Nature for Moretonhampstead Primary School

In the mad dash that is the school run, I often park in an estate just in front of Moretonhampstead primary school and for a while now I’ve cast my eye on a patch of ground fenced off to the parents and students that walk past it.

What’s So Good About Dead Wood?

So, this is the time of year to eat, drink and be merry. Mince pies, mulled wine and warming company were calling, but first, the ‘Friends of Fingle’ volunteers had work to do. Introducing the final task of the year, Dave Rickwood the Woodland Manager, explained the importance of one,…

Take a Walk – Soothe Your Mind

As we descend deeper into winter, the sunlight hours are in short supply so the woodland wildlife winds down, burrows under and takes shelter; it’s not just us humans that need the sun to thrive. We need the light for our wellbeing, for healthy bodies and happy minds but while…

Evergreens for the Winter Solstice and Christmas

I love walking through the woods on a clear crisp day; there’s something comforting about the bare branches soaring above my head, and the way the colours and textures of the bark are so much more noticeable. Even in winter the woods are full of life and the evergreens, with…

Wooston Hillfort gets a new line of defence

This week sees the start of the next phase of work on Wooston Castle. You may remember from previous blogs, or have seen on visits to the area, that we have removed much of the tree cover from the surroundings of the fort and extracted all that material using heavy…

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…

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