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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 been neglected in the darkness…

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 horses. The reasons for clearing…

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 at an alarming rate, many…

A ‘Floorless’ start to week 2 of the Fingle Mill Dig

Steve wrote this update on Monday but as we’ve been so busy onsite this has been my first chance to actually post it. As you will be able to see from the pictures work has moved on apace since then and some of the ‘next steps’ he mentioned have now taken place… As you might…

Uses of Fingle Mill: discoveries adding detail

Fingle Mill has its history deeply rooted in the Teign Valley with records of its existence dating back to the 1600s. Although, as it was already a well-established operating site by then, it is easy to assume the building is older still. The survey carried out on the parishes of Moretonhampstead and Doccombe in 1639-40…

The dipping of the trowels – Fingle Mill Dig, Days 1-3

The first three days of our dig have been blessed with the perfect weather conditions for an archaeological excavation. Dry, but overcast, with patches of dappled sunshine passing through the Fingle tree canopy. Not too hot, not too cold, it’s been smiles all-round for the Fingle Mill team.   So why have I called this…

Royal Forestry Society Visit to Fingle Woods

A ‘Royal’ tour of Fingle Woods……

On Thursday the 17th of May the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) visited Fingle as part of their week-long Whole Society Tour of the South Western Division. The RFS tour began with a visit to Clinton Devon Estate. An ancestor of the current Lord Clinton planted the very first tree of the then recently formed Forestry Commission…

Making Space for Dartmoor’s Nature

When the Woodland Trust and National Trust pooled their resources in 2014 to take on 330 hectares of woodland in the Teign Valley to the east of Dartmoor, the guiding principle of how to tackle the landscape scale restoration of a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) had already been established in a White…

Unearthing history at Wooston Castle

We’re delighted to announce that archaeological excavations will soon begin at Wooston Castle, the Iron-Age hillfort in Fingle Woods. With the help of AC Archaeology, the Woodland Trust and National Trust will be looking to identify the age and purpose of the hillfort. This is particularly exciting for two reasons. Firstly, due to hillforts’ protected status and…

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