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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…

The Redwood Connection

What does this year’s Fingle felling programme have in common with a nineteenth century conservationist, a wealthy heiress and Dartmoor National Park? Deep in Hall’s Cleave in the central plot of Fingle Woods, stands a collection of some of the tallest timber trees in the Teign Valley and this year it is their turn for…

The Changing Faces of Fingle Mill

Last week I gave my second public talk on Fingle Mill as part of the Fingle lecture Series at the Fingle Bridge Inn. First off, I would to say a huge thank you to everybody that came along to the lecture; it was really encouraging to see so many people taking an interest. Secondly, I…

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