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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…

Take a Walk – Soothe Your Mind

As we descend deeper into winter, the sunlight hours are in short supply so the woodland wildlife winds down, burrows under and takes shelter; it’s not just us humans that need the sun to thrive. We need the light for our wellbeing, for healthy bodies and happy minds but while the woods appear to be…

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…

What’s in the Box?

The hazel dormouse is one of those woodland animals that, just by its presence in the woods, gives us an indication of where the healthy habitats are. As a tree dwelling species, dormice need unbroken woodland cover to move around; foraging and finding a mate. They need a succession of food sources to keep them…

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…

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 honed his skills and has…

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