Mendip Rocks! Events

Monday 29th September 2014

Dry stone walling on Wavering Down

DSWCPEAKOn Wednesday 8th October a group of volunteers will be learning the art of dry stone walling on Wavering Down in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) .

This event is part of the Mendip Rocks! Festival and follows a successful joint task held last year with the National Trust and the Mendip Hills AONB Unit teaming up to offer a day of practical conservation. National Trust Ranger, Hayley Dorrington and experienced volunteers will guide the group in this traditional skill to rebuild a section of dry stone wall on this site that offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

This training is fully booked but please see the volunteering page of the Mendip Hills AONB Website for information on future tasks.

Westbury Quarry conservation task and tour

Nigel Taylor Westbury QuarryAs part of the Mendip Rocks! Festival on Wednesday 22nd October you can take part in a practical task that involves cutting back vegetation and repairing fencing on the path that leads to the nature reserve.

The quarry, in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is most famous for being the site of the Westbury Cave which collapsed approximately 600,000 years ago. Designated a Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), it contains a nationally important collection of fossils including small mammals and cave bears. The quarry site covers an area of 34 acres with approximately half containing the current working areas.

The quarry is used for explosives testing so is not usually open to the public. As part of the day you will be given an insight into how the two contrasting activities, conservation and explosives, are managed a long side each other by the quarry manager, Nigel Taylor. (Photo: Westbury Quarry – Nigel Taylor)

Booking is essential: contact Nichola Penn, Mendip Hills AONB Volunteer Coordinator on 01761 462338 or email