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Busy Volunteers

Blue Poo On Saturday 5th April a small team of volunteers made their way through the mist to the Blackmoor reserve where their target was dog mess… We are trying to raise awareness of the amount of dog poo that gets … 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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National Astronomy Week

  National Astronomy week is Feb 26th – March 8th – get involved on Friday 7th March. The Space Odyssey Mobile Planetarium is at Hutton, Weston super Mare. Full details and booking form on Events page. All income from this … Continue reading

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Newsletter February 2014

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Stargazing Whatever the Weather

On Friday 7 March astronomer Simon Ould will be running 3 guided stargazing sessions at Hutton Village Hall, near Weston-super-Mare as part of National Astronomy Week. Organised by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit, each session includes a 45-minute tour of … Continue reading

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Look at Lichens

Free event in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Lichens, what exactly are they? On Saturday March 1st from 1-3.30pm come along and join in the search for the amazing variety of shapes, colours and sizes of … Continue reading

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What a lot of nuts!

Last week 7 hardy souls braved the wet and windy weather to look for nuts up on Burrington Ham. Why? You ask, well the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) runs a project called the Great Nut Hunt; where everyday … Continue reading

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Look at the Stars

On Friday 7 March astronomer Simon Ould will be running 3 guided stargazing sessions at Hutton Village Hall, near Weston-super-Mare as part of National Astronomy Week. Organised by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit, each session includes a 45-minute tour of … Continue reading

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Newsletter January 2014

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Young Rangers January 2014

In January, the Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers met at the Charterhouse Centre. We were given garden cutting tools before we walked down to the lead flues on Blackmoor Reserve. We cut back the vegetation that was overtaking the flues, … Continue reading

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Planetarium brings Stargazing to Hutton

On Friday 7 March astronomer Simon Ould will be running 3 guided stargazing sessions at Hutton Village Hall, near Weston-super-Mare as part of National Astronomy Week. Organised by the Mendip Hills AONB Unit, each session includes a 45-minute tour of … Continue reading

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Funding Cut to AONBs

Somerset AONBs will suffer an 89% cut in budget if Somerset County Council agree a proposed saving of £40,000 from their AONB budget of just £45,000. The four Somerset AONBs; Blackdown Hills, Cranborne Chase, Mendip Hills and Quantock Hills currently … Continue reading

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Fracking Update

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week, that Councils can keep 100 % of business rates they collect from shale gas sites, the AONB have published an updated Position Statement on Fracking. The statement outlines the coalition government’s economic … Continue reading

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Geology Event!

We still have places available for Saturday 25th January 2014 at Somerset Earth Science Centre for you to participate and explore ideas for increasing understanding and awareness of the Mendip Hills geology and the wildlife and historic landscape that it … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! Participation Event

On Saturday 25th January 2014 at Somerset Earth Science Centre an event is being held to explore ideas for increasing understanding and awareness of the Mendip Hills geology and the wildlife and historic landscape that it has helped shape. A … Continue reading

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Newsletter Update

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Newsletter December 2013

Newsletter December 2013 (PDF Download 300KB)

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Mendip Hills Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz (PDF Download 730KB) Christmas Quiz – Answers (PDF Download 40KB)

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Newsletter November 2013

Newsletter November 2013 (PDF Download 330KB)

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Practical Tasks Updated Programme

The updated programme for Practical Tasks Volunteers and information on how to take part is now available! December2013-February2014 (PDF Download 105KB)

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Young Rangers November 2013

Young Rangers First Aid Course Charterhouse 16th November 2013 First we did some bandaging and then we did some slings. Then we watched a funny video called “American First Aid”. After that we did CPR on dollies and the kiss … Continue reading

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Cheddar Gorge Rambler

Chris Woodley-Stewart,  Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership spent a day this month doing our Cheddar Gorge walk wearing his Ramblers hat. “It’s typical that the days we decide to have off work and go to Somerset to write … Continue reading

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