Mendip Rocks! Practical Conservation days

Tuesday 29th September 2015

Mendip Rocks! Mendip Hills AONB Practical Conservation days

AONB Volunteers dry stone wallingAs part of Mendip Rocks! Festival 2015, Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit is offering practical two rock related conservation volunteer task days.

On Wednesday 7th October at Westbury Quarry, a former limestone quarry now a wildlife haven, the task is to clear scrub from the site’s important limestone grassland.

The quarry 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 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.

On Wednesday 21st October join the AONB volunteer team and the Avon Wildlife Trust to learn the art of dry stone walling on Dolebury Warren.

Staff and experienced volunteers from the Avon Wildlife Trust will guide the group in this traditional skill to rebuild a section of dry stone wall. This site offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
The tasks run from 10am – 3pm with full instructions, tools and training given on the day. All you need to bring is your lunch, drink and wear suitable outdoor clothing.

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

To find out more about the Mendip Rocks! Festival go to our Events page.