Mar 21 2019

Sprucing Up Houndtor Ridge

During a spell of sparkling weather in February a few hints of Spring began to show in Houndtor Wood. This south facing sun trap was once an ancient woodland, part of the network of Atlantic ‘temperate rainforest’ that is native to the western side of...

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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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