A partnership between the Woodland Trust and the National Trust

The Miller’s Tale: Excavating Fingle Mill

It’s hard to imagine, when you walk alongside the tranquil River Teign, that this was once a hive of industry. Just downstream from Fingle Bridge lie the ruins of Fingle Mill, variously a corn mill, fulling (cloth) mill and iron smelting mill. Instead of today’s birdsong and scent of the…

Riverflies – Life in the Teign River Catchment

Back in the Spring, a group of anglers and conservation volunteers went back to school; Chagford Primary School, in fact. They had all taken the opportunity to learn how a river water quality monitoring project was being rolled out by the Riverfly Partnership, a network of organisations working together to…

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…

A Cut Above the Rest

Hidden away in the rolling meadows above Bovey Tracey a champion is preparing to challenge some of the best foresters in the world. Richard Elliott, a groundsman, has been involved in chainsaw logging competitions since 1986, when he entered a contest at the Devon County Show. Since then, he has…

June’s Fingle Lecture: Water Quality Monitoring

June’s Fingle Lecture will take place tomorrow, Thursday the 7th of June, at 7pm in the Fingle Bridge Inn. We will be joined by James Gilbert from the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT). Since March 2017, WRT has been working in partnership with the Woodland Trust, National Trust and Environment Agency…

Spring Soundscapes at Fingle

At 5 a.m. on a cool, fresh May morning the wonderful Fingle wildlife can bring all your senses into sharp focus. Before the sun reaches the muted colours of the landscape around Ross Meadow at the furthest end of Cod Wood, the sounds and smells of a spring morning are…

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…

Wooston Castle – What Next?

After a busy few weeks at the Wooston Castle hillfort, the archaeologists and volunteers who have been working through a particularly wet and windy Dartmoor spring have finished their excavations. As they left site at the end of their dig with the stories of their discoveries fresh in their minds,…

Heavy Horses Fingle

May’s Fingle Lecture: Heavy Horses

May’s Fingle Lecture will take place next Thursday the 3rd of May. We will be joined by Will and Alex Hampton from Dartmoor Horse Loggers. We’ve frequently used Heavy Horses in Fingle to assist with our woodland management because of their flexibility and low impact. Will and Alex will demonstrate…

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