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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.

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…

Butterflies in Decline – how can you help?

Through the summer months we can see many butterflies on the wing around the woods. They are currently enjoying a prolonged spell of warm weather and, each year, they bring us the sight of bright colours on their intricately patterned wings while flitting and basking in the sun. Moths and butterflies are unusual in the…

Riverflies – Life in the Teign River Catchment

Back in the Spring, a group of anglers and conservation volunteers went back to school; Chagford Primary School, in fact. They had all taken the opportunity to learn how a river water quality monitoring project was being rolled out by the Riverfly Partnership, a network of organisations working together to protect the water quality of…

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