Help restore Fingle Woods
With the help of our supporters and in partnership with the National Trust, we have secured the future of Fingle Woods – a stunning woodland in the northern fringes of Dartmoor National Park – and the thousands of plants and animals that call this truly beautiful place home.
What next for Fingle?
Our priority is now to restore the 214 hectares (528 acres) of ancient woodland which has been damaged by the planting of non-native conifers, gradually returning the wood to its former glory.
Fingle Woods is nestled between two key National Trust properties – Castle Drogo and Steps Bridge Woods – both of which attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. Sadly visitors have not been able to enjoy much of the connecting woodland and its wildlife as many parts have no public access – something we aim to change.
Saving sites like Fingle Woods is vital in our fight to save and restore the UK’s woodland heritage. For many years we have used our knowledge and expertise to create the right conditions to restore ancient woodland like this which has been damaged through non-native conifer planting. Restoration is the only way to protect the long term future of the last remaining 2 per cent of ancient woodland in the UK.
The unspoilt fragments of Fingle Woods are home to an abundance of wildlife. The wild daffodils in early spring give way to bluebells in early summer to create a continuous carpet of colour across the dappled woodland, reflecting the distinct character of this part of the area. Redstarts and wood warblers can be seen along the woodland edges while pied flycatchers, typically found on the western coast, hunt for insects in the mature undergrowth, and wetland species thrive in the fertile grounds bordering the River Teign.
Every pound you are able to give will bring us a step closer to restoring this magical wood. Please help us return it to its true glory as a vibrant, wildlife-rich ancient woodland.