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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 we assembled at the Fingle…

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 shade cast across the woodland…

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 everyday that your mind may…

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 I am. Stirring myself, I…

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 locally. For instance, the Warreners…

Surround Sound II: Wood-be Winter Heroes

The Dartmoor winter hasn’t quite left us but spring hasn’t quite begun either. There are some clues of the shift in the seasons around Fingle Woods in early March and, last week, Tom Williams took his sound equipment out again to record the maturing soundscape of the woodland around the Teign valley. Walking around the…

Recording the birds at Fingle Woods

Surround Sound – A Sense of the Winter Woods

Of all the seasons in the woods, winter may be a quiet time but it’s not completely silent. Life goes on through the colder months and, walking through the woods at this time of year can be a treat for the senses. As long as you are wrapped up warm and have a hot drink…

Timelapse Team

While the hard work has been going on at Wooston hillfort of the past few months, a photographic record is being kept of the transformation from a tangle of dense Douglas fir to wide open conservation area. Paul Moody has been out and about with his camera to capture the horses at work and the…

Ground level research at Fingle Woods

Ground Level Research in the Woods

As we descend into the depths of winter us humans may be thinking of how to keep ourselves warm. At home, we possibly have the option of turning up the heating or putting another log on the fire. If we are venturing out, we might put on a pair of gloves or perhaps dig out…

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