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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…

Fingle Lectures: September and October

Join us for another season of walks and talks.   After a short summer break we’re continuing our series of lectures about Fingle’s fascinating wildlife, history and restoration. Below is a little taster of the next two talks, so you can pop the dates in your diary. The first talk of the…

Cheers! To the Volunteers

Since the Fingle Woods restoration project took root in 2014, a budding group of volunteers has emerged and flourished in the wooded Teign Valley. Over the years, their contribution of skill and endeavour has changed the face of Fingle through brash piles burned, trees and hedges planted, bridges spanning streams,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Immerse Yourself in the Woods

Forest Bathing may create images in your mind of delving into watery woodlands or taking a soothing dip among the trees but this kind of bathing in the forest is derived from a Japanese activity known as Shinrin-yoku, meaning “taking in the atmosphere of the forest”. It is a form…

Plans for the upcoming dig at Fingle Mill

In a week’s time we will begin the excavation of Fingle Mill. The site has been a key feature of the landscape for many centuries. Documentary evidence dates the mill to 1640 but it is likely to date back further to the Tudor period. The purpose of the excavation is…

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