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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…

What’s So Good About Dead Wood?

So, this is the time of year to eat, drink and be merry. Mince pies, mulled wine and warming company were calling, but first, the ‘Friends of Fingle’ volunteers had work to do. Introducing the final task of the year, Dave Rickwood the Woodland Manager, explained the importance of one, so far, overlooked feature of…

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, bird boxes built and invasive…

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 of nature therapy that allows…

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 protect the water quality of…

Fingle Mill Revealed

Before we can start excavations at the Fingle Mill the remains have to be stabilised. The first step in this process is removing the vegetation so the condition can be accessed. On Monday this clearance started, Steve (our archaeology intern) sent us this update from site yesterday evening. Hello all, it is day two of…

New Territory to be Explored

One of Fingle’s rarely visited and quieter pockets of woodland is being made available for walkers to go out and explore. The Fingle volunteers have been hard at work over the last few months, opening up a small and adventurous route beside the stream in Hall’s Cleave. The stream has been prone to flooding in…