Hawns and Dendles volunteering day

Thursday, 13 June 2019 at 10:00 - 15:00

Passionate about our native woodlands? We're looking for volunteers to join us for a day of practical conservation work at Hawns and Dendles wood, near Cornwood.

This is the eighth in a series of volunteer days taking place on this special site.  Due in part to deer grazing pressure, native tree regeneration has been challenging. In this session we will focus on removing and redeploying tree shields where necessary, ridding the site of the plastic tree tubes within the native tree section, and hopefully continue with the fantastic progress made last month dismantling the redundant deer fencing.  We will have to monitor the fence line for nesting birds before proceeding with this last activity. Thanks to volunteer involvement we are really improving this site, removing artificial barriers and opening it up for wildlife.  We are helping to create a space for nature!  Unfortunately the bracken is on the up at the moment making our tasks that little bit more challenging, but we like a challenge!

How to get involved

Register your interest by emailing Assistant Ranger Stuart Hooppell at shooppell@dartmoor.gov.uk who will provide more details.

An approximate 2km uphill walk is required to get to the work location. The terrain is rugged so volunteers must be reasonably fit and sure-footed. Dressing warm and waterproof is essential as is sturdy footwear, such as hiking boots. All tools will be provided, but please bring a hot drink and lunch.

Some background

Hawns and Dendles is an oak/beech woodland found on the southern edge southern Dartmoor. Much of the site became a commercial plantation in the 1960s which was clear-felled in the mid-90’s before being purchased by Dartmoor National Park Authority in 1997. Since then the goal has been to encourage regeneration of the native trees.

Location: Hawns & Dendles near Cornwood. Meeting information will be provided when registering your interest.

Booking required: yes

Charge: Free