All in a ‘Clays’ work

If you have visited Yarner Woods recently you will have noticed that our pond water level has dropped more than usual. It was our task was to try to investigate why this had dropped so much and then mitigate the problem. This was an excuse for our Tuesday volunteer group to get their hands dirty or rather ‘clayey’ and do a bit of clay puddling around where we thought the source of the leak was. The clay was delivered andRead more

Bilberry Bonanza

Moor than meets the eye, a Heritage Lottery Funded Dartmoor Landscape Partnership Scheme, began its 2016 programme of summer events last Thursday with the brilliant Bilberry Bonanza. The adventure, hosted at Yarner Woods: East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, saw participants judge a wide variety of bilberry based delicious cakes and treats baked by the Moor than meets the eye team all competing for the coveted ‘Great Bilberry Bake Off’ trophy. After hunting through the woods for their own bilberries, familiesRead more

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

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