A partnership between the Woodland Trust and the National Trust

  • Home
  • /
  • Tag Archives:  Volunteers

A year of Dormouse surveying

At Fingle we are lucky enough to have a wood filled with all kinds of different wildlife from Roe Deer to Salmon and Dippers. Yet there is one species in particular that lives here – the Hazel Dormouse. I have volunteered with the Fingle team for the past two years. During this time, I have…

An experimental softwood charcoal burn

In a quiet spot, ride side, below a historical charcoal hearth now emblazoned with hazard tape and marked trees, the air filled steadily with a plume of wood smoke. The faint hiss and crackle of firewood drew the attention of passers-by to a four foot diameter charcoal kiln spewing the surrounding area with predominantly water…

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…

Butterflies in Decline – how can you help?

Through the summer months we can see many butterflies on the wing around the woods. They are currently enjoying a prolonged spell of warm weather and, each year, they bring us the sight of bright colours on their intricately patterned wings while flitting and basking in the sun. Moths and butterflies are unusual in the…

The dipping of the trowels – Fingle Mill Dig, Days 1-3

The first three days of our dig have been blessed with the perfect weather conditions for an archaeological excavation. Dry, but overcast, with patches of dappled sunshine passing through the Fingle tree canopy. Not too hot, not too cold, it’s been smiles all-round for the Fingle Mill team.   So why have I called this…

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…

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, the atmosphere was buoyant; the…

Fingle Mill vegetation removal: a clear cut success!

A second update from Steve, our archaeology intern, about the clearance of Fingle Mill. Day three to five saw the final layers of overgrowth stripped away from the mill thanks to our teams of super-efficient volunteers. Uneven footing and loose rocks meant extra care had to be taken, there was a lot to think about…

Fingle dormice

Time for a Rest – Fingle Dormouse Review (December 2017)

The reputation of the dormouse is a drowsy, dozy little creature that spends half its life asleep but, while this is partly true, when the dormice of Fingle Woods are active, they are very lively. During the spring, summer and autumn they are super-agile, bustling around the woods, foraging in the trees and raising the…

12