Woodland Management with the Bristol Scouts

On Tuesday the 31st of July Natural England and the Woodland Trust joined forces with 41 Scouts from the 77th, 90th and 167th Bristol Scout Troops and Steama Explorer Scout unit, for a day of conservation activities in Pullabrook Wood. The Explorers teamed up with East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve manager Albert Knott, to survey lichens along some of the woodland’s ancient boundaries. The other two groups teamed up with Jim White, from the Woodland Trust and the Natural England ConservationRead more

Crucial Connections – Lichen on Wood Banks

Volunteers in the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve have been taking the chance to do some real science; citizen science that is going to contribute to a better understanding of lichens across the ancient woodlands of the South West. The “Atlantic” woodlands around Dartmoor are under pressure and, in some areas, becoming isolated or disconnected from each other. But there are some remnants of ancient woodland, draped like threads across the landscape that provide a lifeline of natural habitat betweenRead more

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 our rivers and actively conserve riverfly habitats. This ‘citizen science’ training day was being led by local charity, the Westcountry Rivers Trust, to pass onRead more

What’s new with Marmaduke and his herd?

There have been some big changes recently on the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. Sadly in March one of our residential Dartmoor ponies, Pignut, passed away. This has left the reserve with a herd of thirteen ponies, who are an integral component of conserving the woods and heath. These ponies are well-loved by our staff, but they are maintained as semi-feral to ensure they are focused on the task of maintaining the reserve, rather than being too interested in ourRead more

Yarner’s Butterfly Transect

Butterfly transects are a well-established way of recording our wildlife. The Yarner Wood transect has been monitored since 1976 and is an important part of our Long-term Monitoring Network. We walk this transect weekly, for six months of the year, from April 1st to September 30th. Which species and how many of each we see, varies widely. So far this year, in one week there was just one butterfly flying; another week 29 were counted, across five different species. The largestRead more

Wildlife All Nighter

On the 16th June seven volunteers and staff  from Natural England (NE) and the Woodland Trust (WT) met up at Trendlebere Down for a “Wildlife All Nighter” in and around the Bovey Valley.  The intention was to spend the night on a variety of tasks, mainly to record activity that isn’t possible during normal daytime conservation.  We were based around Hisley and Rudge Meadow, courtesy of NE and WT, with the idea of making no impact on the local environmentRead more