The third group of AONB Young Rangers celebrated the end of their 2 year programmewith an overnight camp at Fernhill Farm. The camp included a chance for the Young Rangers to learn more about farming in the AONB and learn the skill of sheep shearing.
Through the 2 year programme, from 2009-11, the Young Rangers have learned about the special qualities of the AONB, taken part in a range of outdoor activities, worked on conservation tasks with AONB partner organisations and leaned skills such as navigation and first aid.
During the camp the Young Rangers were presented with certificates for the John Muir Explorer Award by AONB Chairman Cllr Dawn Hill to mark their achievements during the scheme.
The feedback gathered from the Young Rangers during the camp was positive about the scheme and most of this group will be continuing as Advanced Young Rangers with the AONB taking part in a programme of conservation tasks, wildlife surveys and activities.
Two Mendip Hills Young Rangers along with project officer Andy Mallender represented the AONB at this year’s Europarc International Junior Ranger Camp. The camp was hosted by Weerribben-Wieden National Park in the Netherlands – the largest freshwater wetland in north western Europe. The programme included opportunities to explore the national park by foot, bicycle and canoe with the chance to learn about the wetland habitats and species of the area. During the camp the Young Rangers learned how otters have been reintroduced to the Netherlands and constructed a boardwalk trail through a wetland nature reserve. With representatives from 10 European countries there were lots of opportunities to learn about conservation in protected landscapes across Europe.