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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

Newsletter August 2014 (PDF download 500KB)

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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

Newsletter July 2014 (PDF download 840KB)

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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

Newsletter June 2014 (PDF download 590KB)

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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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Bats About Burrington

Wednesday 14th May 8pm – 10.30pm Bats About Burrington If you have ever wondered how bats fly in the dark then come along to discover the fascinating nocturnal world of Black Down. Join the Somerset Bat Group who will be bringing … Continue reading

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Newsletter April 2014

Newsletter April 2014 (PDF download 380KB)

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Young Rangers Owl Day

On the 26th April our session was held at Callow Rock (thanks Somerset Wildlife Trust for letting us use the conference room). Our topic was owls and the first thing we did was have a talk from Chris Sperring from … Continue reading

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Busy Volunteers

What a load of old rubbish! On Wednesday 9th April a team of AONB volunteers went out to pick up litter from Burrington Combe, we were a mixture of Practical Task Volunteers and Volunteer Rangers. It was nice to bring these two … Continue reading

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Visitor Guide 2014

Visitor Guide  New Visitor Guide 2014 available now to download if you wish or contact us and we’ll be happy to post one to you. Tel: 01761 462338 or email mendiphills@somerset.gov.uk

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New Kissing Gate

New kissing gate in the Mendip Hills AONB to celebrate 30 years of Stoke Lodge Ramblers Stoke Lodge Ramblers have donated a kissing gate to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Mendip Ramblers volunteers joined forces with the Mendip Hills Area of … Continue reading

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Newsletter March 2014

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Still in the Stone Age

Still in the Stone Age – 8th April Free Easter holiday activity in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) On Tuesday 8 April 2-4pm explore the geology and history of the caves around the Black Down and … Continue reading

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Young Rangers March 2014

Young Rangers 15th March 2014  After arriving at Charterhouse we were soon told about navigating with a map and compass. With the majority of us fully understanding how to use them we set off in small groups of around 5 … Continue reading

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Somerset Wildlife Trust Job Vacancies

Do you want to be part of a ground-breaking approach to working with nature? Somerset Wildlife Trust is seeking to employ a full-time Community Engagement Officer and a part-time Conservation Officer to deliver the Somerset element of the Save Our … Continue reading

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Brambles bracken and grasses cleared

Blackmoor Reserve, a scheduled monument site owned and managed by Somerset County Council, has recently been visited by our Practical Tasks volunteers. The condensing flues, dating back to the Victorian era of the mining history at Charterhouse, are very fragile and have … Continue reading

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Lambing Season!

Lambing Season 2014 Project Beanstalk At Fernhill Farm Discount on fees for bookings made before April 1st! The most magical time of the year for a visit to the farm. Activity days Residential breaks A fantastic way to get involved … Continue reading

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Mendip Hills Fund

Mendip Hills Fund seeking Advisory Panel Members The Mendip Hills Fund is a new community fund to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.The Mendip Hills Fund Advisory Panel will consist of 8 people with … Continue reading

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