A partnership between the Woodland Trust and the National Trust

Timelapse Team

While the hard work has been going on at Wooston hillfort of the past few months, a photographic record is being kept of the transformation from a tangle of dense Douglas fir to wide open conservation area. Paul Moody has been out and about with his camera to capture the…

Ground level research at Fingle Woods

Ground Level Research in the Woods

As we descend into the depths of winter us humans may be thinking of how to keep ourselves warm. At home, we possibly have the option of turning up the heating or putting another log on the fire. If we are venturing out, we might put on a pair of…

Holding tanks and penstock sluice controls

Water Power!

If any of you have walked a mile or so up the Teign from Fingle Bridge, away from Fingle Woods and onto the Castle Drogo Estate, you may have come across the weir which lies beneath Castle Drogo.  You may have watched salmon leaping up the weir in the autumn,…

Otter spraint at Fingle Woods

Life on Otter Rock

After a quiet summer, the otters are back on the river Teign. Bankside cameras were set up in April and recorded a regular visitor to Otter Rock. During June, July, August and September the cameras have been triggered by deer, birds, squirrels, a few humans and lots of dogs, but…

Clear for Take Off

As part of the team at work on the restoration of Fingle Woods, I am sometimes reminded of just what a special place this part of the Teign valley is and, what’s more, this is only the start of the adventure. There is surely more to come, lots more. Each…

Our favourite trees

This week is National Tree Week. First celebrated in 1975, this is an annual celebration of trees in the UK, organised by the Tree Council. Living in Devon and working at Fingle we are lucky enough to be surrounded by trees on a daily basis. However, we are probably all…

Checking the gate on the badger sett

Exclusive Woodland Homes – The Badger Sett

Earlier this month a set of new front doors appeared at some of Fingle Wood’s wild woodland homes. Reminiscent of a scene from Winnie The Pooh, the series of small wooden fronted entrances have been installed on a badger sett by a team of ecologists from Devon Wildlife Consultants. While…

Balancing conservation objectives and the challenges of rapid policy change

Fingle is proving to be a lively place to stimulate debate about the challenges of woodland management, and in particular, balancing the seemingly conflicting objectives  of timber production and conservation. At Fingle, we are trying to develop strategies and management approaches that can provide benefits across the board and, as part of…

The River of Life

The river plays a vital role in the life of the Teign valley. If you are a regular visitor to Fingle Woods you will have noticed how low the water levels have been during the last few months. In places, it has been possible to cross the river quite easily…

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