Wicked and wild, it's a nature blog

Week eight was all about new ideas. Spurred on by encouragements from the new Area Manager for North Devon, the West Exmoor team had a big ol’ brainstorming session about how to engage with visitors more in the Heddon Valley. Loads of great ideas were flying about the room including trailer tractor rides, art and photography exhibitions, woodland play area and a wildlife sightings report board. Hopefully we’ll get some of these projects started whilst we volunteers are still here.

We also started the work in Barton Wood, a patch of beech woodland just up the valley from Watersmeet. I mentioned why we were doing this in an earlier blog post but to quickly recap….. Barton wood was planted in the 1950s as a cash crop to be felled for timber but never was. If you look at the wood today you will notice that the trees are in straight…

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