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Mendip AONB Events 2015

Posted on 22nd July, 2015

Discovering Black Down Holiday Activities. -  Free events to discover Black Down and the Burrington Commons in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

If you are looking for ideas on how to entertain the children during the long summer holidays, then why not bring them along to one of the free activity days on Burrington Ham. Every Thursday for 4 weeks at 1.00pm from 23rd July there will be an afternoon packed with games and activities to help you explore the fascinating history and wildlife of the Burrington Commons.


Thursday  23rd July - Journey Back in Time.  Come along and make your Journey Sticks as we explore what the natural world of Burrington Ham provided for people to use through the ages. With lots of games and activities including face painting and shelter building, explore, enjoy and get involved in the summer holiday fun suitable for all the family.

Thursday 30th July – Butterflies Bugs and Beasties.  Come along and use nets and pots to catch the critters that creep around the commons in this minibeast safari to discover the amazing variety of wildlife that can be found on Burrington Ham. With lots of games and activities and a chance to make your own minibeast this will be a fun filled afternoon for all the family.

Thursday 6th August – Tremendous Trees.  Find out all the wonderful things that trees do for us and the wildlife of the Burrington Commons. As well as lots of games and activities for all the family you will learn some amazing things about trees that you never knew before.

Thursday  13th August – Still in the Stone Age.  Join Gill Odolphie and Juliet Lawn from Somerset Earth Science Centre for some hands on activities for all the family. Come along to find out about the geology and history of the caves of the area and discover some surprising ways we use rock today.

“These FREE events are a great way to have fun in the holidays and discover the fascinating history and wildlife of the Burrington Commons.” said Stuart Bardsley, Discovering Black Down Project Officer.

To book on to any of these events go tohttp://www.discoveringblackdown.org.uk/calendar or contact Stuart Bardsley, Discovering Black Down Project Officer on 01761 462338, or emailsbardsley@somerset.gov.uk

Notes for Editors


Discovering Black Down Project


Discovering Black Down is a three year project (2013-2016) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will raise awareness of the wildlife and archaeological value of the Black Down and Burrington Commons through activities, events and training.


In recent years erosion and damage to specific features and the site in general has occurred through a combination of recreational use and weather. Alongside the Discovering Black Down Project, work to restore and repair badly eroded paths across the Commons will be undertaken.


The legacy of Discovering Black Down will be to ensure local community and user group volunteers continue to play an active role in the care and conservation of this area’s heritage.


The project is guided by the Black Down Advisory Group with representatives from Mendip Hills AONB Unit, Natural England, English Heritage, Somerset County Council, North Somerset Council, and the land owner Sir David Wills.


For further information contact; Stuart Bardsley Discovering Black Down Project Officer

SBardsley@somerset.gov.uk            Tel: 01761 462338




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Norma Newby

Communication and Support Officer

Mendip Hills AONB Unit

Charterhouse Centre

Nr Blagdon

BS40 7XR

Tel: 01761 462338









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