Photo Steve Bond - Chancellors Farm

Delivering the AONB Management Plan

Quarry Faces – this Heritage Lottery Funded project, part funded by the AONB Partnership, covered the whole of the Mendip Hills. Over 3 years the project has gathered a wealth of information on quarrying from local people through talking tea shops, evening talks and events including Rock Faces. At this evening event, that attracted 40 people, quarrying images were projected onto the disused quarry face in Nunney. Quarry Faces project concluded with the launch of the Quarry Faces book on May 15th 2015 at a celebratory event.

Somerset Wildlife Trusts Mendip Hills Living Landscapes Somerset Wildlife Trust continued the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project in the Mendip Hills. This work forms part of the UK’s largest partnership project to transform the future of vanishing meadows, grasslands and wildlife. The project’s Conservation Officer met with landowners and provided advice on management of over 180ha of grassland and has helped to conserve 21ha of the rare calaminarian grassland habitat. The project’s Community Engagement Officers have held an exciting range of events including a touring Meadows Market Stall, plug planting with schools and meadow open days as well as creating valuable resources including geocache trails, a schools education pack and installation of interpretation panels at reserves.Volunteers helped to deliver events and activities as well as carrying out practical conservation tasks including dry stone walling, scrub clearance, hedge laying, and bracken clearance.

Avon Wildlife Trust Grasslands Projects – Avon Wildlife Trust joined forces with Buglife, The Invertebrate Conservation Trust to take their wildflower grassland work a step further. They mapped existing grasslands and identified ‘B-Lines’ routes where they will work to restore and create new wildflower-rich habitat for invertebrates and other wildlife. The project team have worked on 11 grassland sites, with 25 volunteer work days, including joint events with the Mendip Hills volunteers and Natural England staff on Burrington Ham and Shiplate Slait. This has contributed to the ongoing restoration of 30ha of wildflower grassland. AWT also secured a Biffa Award to progress the B-Lines route to link the limestone grasslands of the Mendip Hills with those on the Cotswolds.

Full Annual Review 2015-2016 (PDF download 2.5MB)