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Fingle Woods summer

Summer at Fingle – Looking for Lammas

Once the colourful flourish of spring wildflowers is over, the woodland takes on every hue of green as summer establishes itself. The annual race for the available sunlight has been won by the tall trees of the canopy and the browned stems of the once glorious bluebells stand in the…

A sabre wasp in Fingle Woods

Fingle – the curiously unusual.

So often when I work around Fingle it’s easy for the eye to be drawn to a view, a cluster of trees caught in the sunlight, or the sound of the bird song drifting across the hush of conifer. Sometimes it’s all too easy to overlook the small things, the…

New Territory to be Explored

One of Fingle’s rarely visited and quieter pockets of woodland is being made available for walkers to go out and explore. The Fingle volunteers have been hard at work over the last few months, opening up a small and adventurous route beside the stream in Hall’s Cleave. The stream has…

Deer Monitoring in Fingle Woods

Hello. I’m James, a volunteer ranger working with the Fingle Woods ranger team in the Teign Valley. I love nature! Yes, its true, I can’t help myself. Like so many of you out there I love every aspect from the plants and trees to the amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes….

Fingle Woods

Surround Sound III: What Time Do You Call?

It’s 4 a.m. Standing high on Wooston hillfort in the still night air. The full face of the moon picks out the trees on the crest of the Fingle gorge. It’s magical. Not a breeze or a rustle disturbs the meditative silence until a tawny owl reminds me of where…

6 things to look out for this May

1) Bluebells Let’s start with the obvious one for this time of year. Showy, brash, iridescent and downright unmistakable, swathes of bluebells carpet our woodland floor at this time of year. It’s always interesting to see how pockets of bluebells come out at different times of the year regionally and…

Fingle dor beetle

A Brighter Future

The long-term plan for the ecological future of Fingle Woods began a few years ago. Teams of woodland ecologists and volunteers walked the woods, studying each and every patch of planted conifer along with the remnants of ancient woodland. As they searched the ground, the wild flowers and herbs were…

Not only trees grow in Fingle Woods

One of the nice things about my job is getting to meet lots of different people from all walks of life who come to volunteer some of their time to the fabulous places which the National Trust looks after.  Some come for a day, some for a week on work…

Fingle timber

Cutting Trees with Intent

The restoration of Fingle Woods is providing many interesting opportunities for people within their working lives or during their rest and relaxation. Various parts of the woodland have been busy through the winter with forestry contractors and volunteers hard at work, and the longer days of spring and summer are…

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