Feb 10 2019

Wood Ants in the Winter

Ants are the most numerous creatures on the planet and there are many millions of them living in Fingle Woods, but why is the species of red wood ant (Formica rufa) such an important part of our woodland ecosystem? These wood ants that build the...

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Feb 03 2019

Catkins at Candlemas

Despite the cold and the rain, the Alder and Hazel catkins along the lanes are full of promise and hope: Spring is on its way! At the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox is Imbolc; the Celtic festival that celebrated...

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Feb 01 2019

On a Winter’s Day

All the leaves were down and the sky was grey, we went for a soils walk on a winter’s day… On the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve we joined soil specialist, Rob Parkinson, to look at what is going on below the leaves – in...

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Jan 10 2019

Letting in the Light

In the summer and autumn, a group of volunteers have been  assisting Dr Alison Smith from Plantlife, to carry out a citizen science survey of some of the ancient woodland boundaries in the Bovey Valley. They have been recording the lichens found growing on the ancient oaks...

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