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Halls Cleave – A Quiet Corner

Deep in Fingle Woods, in a quiet corner of Hall’s Cleave, a pint-sized stream carries pure Dartmoor water from the springs in the hills above. Day and night, it babbles enthusiastically to itself, tumbling through the woods along its 2-mile journey to the River Teign. For so long it has been neglected in the darkness…

Five Years at Fingle – What Do We Know Now?

Since the Fingle Woods restoration project began in late 2013, a lot has changed. Volunteers have cleared clumps of invasive plants and built new bridges while contractors have cut down conifers and thinned out timber trees. The aim of all this work has been to raise Fingle’s potential as a wild haven by increasing the…

Reflections on a spring of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries

It all started with a sunny day in April during the Royal Forestry society visit to Fingle Woods. The sun was blazing down on the road bisecting Wooston Hillfort and as I was driving along, a dazzling show of orange flashed by the vehicle. Now I am a strange creature who performs emergency stops for…

Building a butterfly baseline

We have been monitoring butterflies in the woods since 2015 to find out more about what’s there, and see what effect the conservation work is having. Butterflies vary a lot from year to year; change can only be detected by recording consistently over a number of years.  So we have established a standard recording route,…