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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 the woods appear to be…

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 their vivid green foliage and…

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.

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. During this time, I have…

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, the Christian festival of All…

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 wild haven by increasing the…

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 who performs emergency stops for…

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 of birth, death and rebirth….

What’s in the Box?

The hazel dormouse is one of those woodland animals that, just by its presence in the woods, gives us an indication of where the healthy habitats are. As a tree dwelling species, dormice need unbroken woodland cover to move around; foraging and finding a mate. They need a succession of food sources to keep them…

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