The Templer Tramway Spring Clean-up

    There are many aspects to Yarner Wood, be that the wildlife, the landscape, the people who run and visit it or the rich heritage, each one adds to the special feeling you get when you stop by. Tucked away at the top of the reserve is a piece of history, a granite tramway called ‘The Templer Way’. This was used to transport granite mined from the Haytor quarries down to the Teign Estuary between the 1820’s and 1850’s,Read more

Studying pied flys …part 2

There is much to report, since the first returning pied flycatchers were spotted at Yarner Wood on 5 April. A dedicated team of Natural England volunteers are 4 weeks into their survey of 250 nest boxes around the Reserve, meticulously recording signs of pied flycatchers and other species. And we have been eagerly awaiting news of the 20 male flycatchers, that scientists fitted with tracking devices at the Reserve last year – it is hoped that data from these geolocators willRead more

The Fresh Faces of Spring

  Spring has burst into life here at Yarner Wood and along with it comes some fresh new faces within the team. Robyn and James are our one year conservation assistants and Hannah and Lauren will be with us for three months as survey and monitoring trainees. This enthusiastic bunch all have a background in ecology and conservation and are keen to pursue a career in this field. They all share a real passion for nature and will be pursuingRead more

The King of Lichens

On a bright spring morning a group of people gathered in an old farmyard. Dressed to keep out the Dartmoor breeze and equipped with small hand lenses they set off along one of the many ancient walled tracks that cross the landscape around the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. Within minutes the sky had darkened and the group huddled against a barn wall until the April shower had delivered its payload of sleet, revealing another pleasant blue sky. This wasRead more