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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…

Otter spraint at Fingle Woods

Life on Otter Rock

After a quiet summer, the otters are back on the river Teign. Bankside cameras were set up in April and recorded a regular visitor to Otter Rock. During June, July, August and September the cameras have been triggered by deer, birds, squirrels, a few humans and lots of dogs, but very few otters. When autumn…

Clear for Take Off

As part of the team at work on the restoration of Fingle Woods, I am sometimes reminded of just what a special place this part of the Teign valley is and, what’s more, this is only the start of the adventure. There is surely more to come, lots more. Each year as the seasons change,…

Our favourite trees

This week is National Tree Week. First celebrated in 1975, this is an annual celebration of trees in the UK, organised by the Tree Council. Living in Devon and working at Fingle we are lucky enough to be surrounded by trees on a daily basis. However, we are probably all guilty of taking this for…

Checking the gate on the badger sett

Exclusive Woodland Homes – The Badger Sett

Earlier this month a set of new front doors appeared at some of Fingle Wood’s wild woodland homes. Reminiscent of a scene from Winnie The Pooh, the series of small wooden fronted entrances have been installed on a badger sett by a team of ecologists from Devon Wildlife Consultants. While there is an amusing side…

The River of Life

The river plays a vital role in the life of the Teign valley. If you are a regular visitor to Fingle Woods you will have noticed how low the water levels have been during the last few months. In places, it has been possible to cross the river quite easily with a pair of wellies…

Getting Close to Nature: Training to Survey Dormice

A group of Fingle Woods volunteers has had a successful year learning how to monitor a vulnerable and declining woodland species. The hazel dormouse is one of the treasured creatures of our woods and, to help us to understand more about the wildlife of Fingle, a few sets of nest boxes have been strategically positioned…

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