Timber! A Boost to Local Wildlife and Businesses

Pullabrook Woods in Dartmoor’s Bovey Valley was humming with activity during a sawmilling demonstration at half term. February can be a quiet time in the woods but this week-long event attracted over 100 people from across Devon to see, first-hand, how timber can be cut to size using a mobile sawmill. The logs of Douglas fir and larch are a result of the winter woodland thinning programme where the plantation conifers are gradually removed to provide space for the naturalRead more

All Change for Eco Skills Trainees

New Eco Skills training places will be taken up by a new intake of Natural England trainees in April. Applications for the available places for this sought-after, hands-on ecology experience are now closed and the final selection process is about to be completed with an open day for the short listed candidates. The current group of Eco Skills trainees will be completing their time in the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve this spring and, rounding off her training with NaturalRead more

Just another heritage lottery funded training programme…?

Here at East Dartmoor, we are looking for four fresh faces to join the team for a year-long structured training programme. The 22nd February deadline for applications is looming, so why should you put in an application? Isn’t this just another heritage lottery funded training programme? Absolutely not. And here’s why, from the perspective of those who’ve been put through their paces for the last yearRead more

Taking Out Timber, Letting in the Light

Woodland work has continued this winter to open up some of the shadier parts of Hisley Wood in the Bovey Valley, letting the light in. Following on from previous work to fell some larch and reveal a woody bank with a line of hazel shrubs, the timber extraction team has progressed higher up the hill. They have been selectively removing some trees to widen out the rides and give some of Hisley Wood’s veteran broadleaves the space that their grandRead more

Sawmill Activity at Bovey Valley

15th – 19th February 2016: Drop in between 11am and 3:30pm Bring your friends and family to see the 30-metre-tall timber giants being cut down to size with a mobile sawmill. See a demonstration of local timber production and enjoy the buzz of watching wood being processed from a full size tree into planks for bird and bat boxes. You may be able to take a piece of timber to create a home in your garden for the wildlife there.Read more

The Battle of the Bovey

From a lichen’s perspective the Bovey Valley in East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve is an ideal home. In fact, Hisley Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest recognised for its assemblages of lichen, but having legal protection is only part of the story. To sustain these precious and rare species, more information is needed about the local lichen present in the woods. This is where the Lichen Lovers come in. To maintain SSSI designation the nature reserve must beRead more