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Newsletter December 2014

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Unearthing the hidden history of Burrington Commons

The Mendip Hills AONB’s Discovering Black Down Project is starting to research the history of land use of Burrington Commons, from modern times all the way back to prehistory and is seeking personal stories and information from the Commoners or … Continue reading

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Newsletter November 2014

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Young Rangers October and November

October – Landscape Detectives We were joined by Rachel Shaw who took us on a journey of discovery about the history of Charterhouse. Everyone dressed up as a character from the past and found out how todays landscape was influenced … Continue reading

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Practical Tasks Volunteers

Mendip Rocks! Festival As a part of this year’s Mendip Rocks! Events the AONB ran two days of practical conservation tasks with our practical tasks volunteers joined by other conservation volunteers. Firstly helping restore a section of wall on Wavering … Continue reading

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Newsletter October 2014

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Mendip Hills Fund – awards its first grants

The Mendip Hills Fund has awarded its first grants. Blagdonia is a community group bringing together residents and organisations in Blagdon and has been awarded £1600 towards their community mosaic panel reflecting different aspects of their village to be installed … Continue reading

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Volunteer Ranger Training Day

Volunteer Ranger Training Day, 12th October 2014. A  group of our Volunteer Rangers had a day finding out about some places they don’t usually visit whilst on a site duty, and met the people involved in managing those areas. We … Continue reading

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Young Rangers September

On Saturday the 20th of September we went to Hewish we left at 9pm instead of 10 am so we could have more fun earlier on in the day. All of us scrambled in the mini bus and got sett … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks ! – Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole Wander

Mendip Rocks ! – Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole Wander guided walk On Thursday 30 October from 10am -2pm join this 4 mile circular walk and discover the striking limestone scenery, woodlands and wildlife of the south western slopes of … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks ! – Blagdon and Burrington Ham guided walk

On Wednesday 15 October from 10am -2pm join this 5 mile circular walk and discover the fascinating geology, history and wildlife of Burrington Ham and the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This event, … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! Events

Dry stone walling on Wavering Down On 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 … Continue reading

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Newsletter September 2014

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‘Rock Faces’ screen night at Nunney

On Saturday 4th October 6.30pm- 8.30pm historic images showing the workings of local quarries will be projected at Castle Hill Quarry, Nunney. The images to be shown are just a selection of the huge collection of photographs dating back to … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks!

Mendip Rocks! Festival 2014 The Mendip Rocks! Festival now in its 4th year runs 27th September – 30th October and includes guided walks, family activity days, quarry tours, talks, and practical conservation activities. Full programme available on the Somerset Trust Wildlife web … Continue reading

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Rock Faces

Saturday 4 October  6.30pm – 8.30 pm Rock Faces Castle Hill Quarry Nunney Dramatic projection of historical images of local quarries onto quarry face Free event – donations to the Mendip Hills Fund Outdoors – bring a rug, brolly and … Continue reading

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Autumn Volunteering

The new Autumn programme of Mendip Hills AONB practical volunteer tasks is now available. The Mendip Hills AONB practical tasks taking place on Wednesdays between September 10th and November 19th 2014 include scrub clearance at Old Quarry Nunney, dry stone … Continue reading

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Newsletter August 2014

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Mendip Hills Fund Open!

Mendip Hills Fund – open to applications The Mendip Hills Fund is offering grants and loans for projects and activities that conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, and benefit local communities. The first deadline for applications … Continue reading

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Visit Somerset’s 360˚s

Six Somerset hills offering stunning 360˚ views of Somerset countryside and beyond are being promoted to visitors and local residents via Visit Somerset’s web site and new mobile phone app. Visit Somerset’s- ‘Visit Somerset’s 360˚s’ web page and Visit Somerset’s … Continue reading

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Newsletter July 2014

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Quarry Faces Event

Wednesday 6 August 7.00 pm Somerset Earth Science Centre Moon’s Hill Quarry Mendip Road Stoke St Michael BA3 5JU         We need your help! Over the past 2 years we have copied hundreds of photographs of local … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Day

On Saturday we met at Charterhouse and got into the mini bus. We drove to Deer Leap. When we arrived we were given a picture bingo sheet. The sheet consisted of pictures that Nichola had taken a day or two … Continue reading

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Holiday Activities

Discovering Black Down Holiday Activities Free events to discover Black Down and Burrington Commons in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) This summer why not join in one of the free family fun days on Black Down … Continue reading

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Newsletter June 2014

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Newsletter May 2014

The photo for the Chew Valley Lake event in our May Newsletter shows Jim Ramadan, one of our Volunteer Rangers. Regrettably he passed away earlier this month having contributed significantly to the AONB during his time with us. Thank you … Continue reading

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Young Rangers May Day

On Saturday 17th May the Young Rangers learned a traditional skill that is integral to the feel of the Mendip Hills; dry-stone walling. We had a beautiful day for it, many thanks to Joe Middleton from Avon Wildlife Trust. More … Continue reading

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Beacon Batch Path Erosion

Project tackles Beacon Batch path erosion A section of badly eroded path leading to the highest point in the Mendip Hills. has been repaired by the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit. The area around the Beacon … Continue reading

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Bats about Burrington

Bats About Burrington-  Free event on Black Down in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)   Sorry! This event has been cancelled and will be rearranged at a later date. Still contact us if you are interested … Continue reading

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Early Bird Walk

Early Bird walk-  Free event on Black Down in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) If you have ever wondered what all the different birds are on the Black Down and Burrington Commons then now is an … Continue reading

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