Sun, Trees, Tools and Tall Tales

You can’t organise the sun, but if we could, we couldn’t have planned it any better. On the 25th March we had the sun, we had warmth and we had lots of people having fun and learning about how and why we manage our woods (in the past and in the present). Down in the glade – where the sun kept everyone warm – there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere whilst people ate their picnics and took part in variousRead more

Fungi Foray Fun -A fabulous afternoon looking for poison pies and crumble caps, angels and devils…

So what was going on in the woods a few Sundays ago? A group of about 20 of us were on a Fungi Foray in Yarner Wood with the Moor than meets the eye landscape partnership project. We were ably led by David Farley, a local fungi specialist, and colleagues from Natural England and the Woodland Trust. We had great fun finding different species and collecting them in our willow baskets. We really began to notice how many, and howRead more

Bovey Beauty

On Sunday 25th Sept there will be opportunities to take part in Family Friendly volunteering activities or for the more adventurous take part in the the Bovey Beauty Fell Race.   The Bovey Beauty has been running for a couple of years now enticing runners from Devon and further afield. It is a challenging 10 mile fell race through the beautiful  Bovey Valley incorporating a tough and hilly terrain. The volunteering activities take place along the route enabling family and friends andRead more

Learning to Drive

Working on the East Dartmoor NNR often means that we need to get to remote parts of the reserve that would take ages by foot and sometimes we are carrying awkward and heavy equipment. Few of the tracks are accessible by car which is why the land rovers and other 4×4’s are so useful. However before we can jump into one of these vehicles we need to know how to drive them off road. So a few of us have recently beenRead more

Science of Soils

Next time you walk through a wood, pause for a moment to pay attention to the soil beneath your feet. Not just watching out for muddy patches, but trying to visualise the layers that cover the whole site like marzipan on a cake. Often you can see the soil exposed in small cliffs by paths or streams. By understanding the soil profile you gain a deep insight into the wood’s history and can often predict flora and fungi found there. The latest issue of Wood Wise delvesRead more

Smoke, Wood Skills and Horses

Once again the smell of wood smoke filled the air combined with the friendly chatter of voices. A steady thudding sound passes by along with the clink of chains – The horse is pulling 3 hefty logs of wood along with complete ease. As you look across the glade several small fires are releasing small plumes of smoke. These are keeping people warm, allowing bread and marshmallows to be toasted, and making mini-charcoal sticks – perfect for adding camouflage toRead more