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Charcoal – preserving the past

by Matt Parkins A number of Historical Environment Records are being protected at Fingle Woods. Most of us know about the impressive remains at Wooston Iron Age Hillfort but there are hundreds of smaller archaeological features found in the valley. Before the conifer harvesting programme starts this autumn a number…

Heavy horse a “bygone” feature of managing woodland ?

Tom Wood of the National Trust recently worked with Will Hampton of Dartmoor Horse Loggers  http://www.dartmoorhorseloggers.co.uk/ to roll the bracken covering the Iron Age Hill Fort of Wooston Castle. The rhizomes of the bracken can potentially be damaging to the archaeology as they penetrate deep into the soil. We have…

Harvesting work at Fingle this winter

The Woodland Trust hosting a meeting on Thursday 2nd October, starting at 7pm in the Fingle Bridge Inn. David Rickwood of the Woodland Trust  will explain the how the harvesting work will be undertaken this winter. This is a good opportunity to ask questions and find out more.

Dormice are active at Fingle

September is a good time for looking for the remains of gnawed hazelnuts left behind by hungry dormice. Over the last week we have found evidence of their activity all around Fingle. Some of Tom Wood’s nesting tubes had also been used for nesting in Cod Wood. This is excellent…

Deer in the woods

Post by Nina Fenner, Woodland Trust Volunteer. Last Thursday evening was the first of a series of talks this winter organised by the Woodland Trust and held at The Fingle Bridge Inn. The subject of this first talk was the “Deer of the Teign Valley”.  Mick Jones of the National Trust…

Volunteer Day in the Woods

Contribution from Nina Fenner, Woodland Trust Volunteer. Last weeks volunteer day was clearing regenerating conifers from an area of native oak woodland near to Clifford Bridge.    

Hornet beetle found in Fingle Woods

The National Trust Biological Survey Team found a hornet beetle (Strangalia aurulenta) recently whilst surveying in Fingle Woods. This is a nationally scarce species and is usually associated with decaying oak boughs and is primarily  south western in its distribution. The hornet beetle (photo Andy Foster)  

Wood Ants

The wood ants are busy down in the woods