AONB Young Rangers

You can read here about the latest activities enjoyed by our Young Rangers. For more information and and details of the latest prgramme of activities please have a look on our Young Rangers page.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Young Rangers October 2013

Young Rangers Caving and John Muir Award Today was our second session of young rangers. The activity that we did today was caving (it was really fun)! Once we had all arrived at Charterhouse we put on the right size … Continue reading

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Young Rangers September 2013

Young Rangers Introductory Session and Mendip Ramble. On the 21st of September I went to Young Rangers.  It was our first session. First we played games in order to get to know each other.  Next we went on a walk … Continue reading

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Goodbye! Hello! Young Rangers

The fourth intake of AONB Young Rangers have completed their 2 year programme with an overnight expedition and camp. On Saturday the group set out from Charterhouse and used their navigation skills to follow a route via Velvet Bottom, Long … Continue reading

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Young Rangers: Recruiting now!

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 13 to join its popular Young Ranger programme for 2013-2015. The two year programme provides a fantastic opportunity to find out about protected landscapes … Continue reading

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Young Rangers May and June 2013

June’s Young Ranger activity involved visiting two contrasting farms.  As agriculture is such an important part of the Mendips it is good to find out how different farms work. We all met up at Fernhill Farm, a location familiar to … Continue reading

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Young Rangers March 2013

March’s Young Ranger activity had a historic theme beginning with a chance to learn the ancient skill of archery and finishing with a visit to wells and Museum to find out about the history of the AONB.   The archery … Continue reading

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Young Rangers February 2013

This month’s activity saw the Young Rangers take part in a conservation task with the Somerset Wildlife Trust at the Edford Meadows Nature Reserve.  Reserve Manager Neil Watson explained how sympathetic management of these hay meadows, over many years, has … Continue reading

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Young Rangers January 2013

This month the Young Rangers had the chance to explore Cheddar Gorge both above and below ground.  National Trust Ranger Hayley Dorrington met the group and explained how the task for the day was clearing scrub from the slopes of … Continue reading

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Young Rangers OCT2012

 This month the AONB Young Rangers began working towards the John Muir Discovery Award – an environmental award scheme focused on wild places.  To get things started the Young Rangers worked in four small groups each making a poster to … Continue reading

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Young Rangers SEP2012

The second year of the AONB Young Rangers programme began with a rock climbing adventure at Sandford Quarry.  The activity, led by instructors Andy and Tom from the Charterhouse Centre, began with a bouldering exercise which involved moving horizontally along … Continue reading

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Young Rangers July 2012

The Young Rangers celebrated finishing the first year of their programme with an overnight camp at Fernhill Farm.  Arriving at the farm in wet and windy weather the first task to be done was to set up the camp.  Working … Continue reading

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Young Rangers June 2012

June’s activity was a visit to Ham Wall National Nature Reserve led by Mary Scott of the RSPB who provided the group with binoculars and spotters guides to help identify the many species of birds of the Somerset Levels including … Continue reading

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160 Million Years Ago

In May the AONB Young Rangers visited the Somerset Earth Science Centre for a session led by Dr Gill Odolphie on the geology of the Mendip Hills, the history of quarrying in the area and discovering how we use limestone in … Continue reading

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Young Rangers April 2012

April’s activity was “Landscape Detectives”, led by historian, Rachel Shaw, who arrived with various costumes, artefacts and speeches to bring to life the history of lead mining at Charterhouse through the lives of individuals involved over the centuries. The day … Continue reading

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Young Rangers October 2011

Young Rangers Caving expedition to Goatchurch Cavern, October 2011 Saturday’s expedition was led by Andy and Kirsty, instructors from the Charterhouse Centre and began with the group getting kitted up with helmets and lamps, caving suits and belts and welly … Continue reading

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Fourth Young Ranger Group

A new group of 15 young people from local schools have joined the fourth Mendip Hills AONB Young Ranger Programme.  This two-year scheme gives Young Rangers opportunities to gain experience of countryside management and related life skills. On 15 September … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Celebrate and Europarc International Junior Ranger Camp

    The third group of AONB Young Rangers celebrated the end of their 2 year programmewith an overnight camp at Fernhill Farm.  The camp included a chance for the Young Rangers to learn more about farming in the AONB and … Continue reading

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Young Rangers June 2011

June’s expedition for the Young Rangers was to Brean Down – the day was to include a visit to the Victorian fortress but it was the battle against bracken that was our task for the day. Brean Down marks the … Continue reading

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Treasure Hunt in Ebbor Gorge

Treasure Hunt in Ebbor Gorge Saturday May 7th 2011 May’s expedition for our Young Rangers was to Ebbor Gorge, National Nature Reserve which looked and felt like a tropical rainforest on this Saturday morning with low cloud swirling around the … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Recruited

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit has now recruited 15 young people between the ages of 11 to 14 to join its new two-year Young Ranger programme starting this September. The scheme provides a fantastic opportunity to find out about protected landscapes … Continue reading

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Young Rangers February 2011

Our owl theme continued in February with exploring the diet of barn and tawny owls. The day began very early in a field above Charterhouse checking traps. Chris Sperring from the Hawk and Owl Trust had laid traps the night … Continue reading

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Young Rangers January 2011

Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers – First session of 2011 The first session of 2011 for the Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers on Saturday 8th January combined a practical session making barn owl boxes and a chance to explore the … Continue reading

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