Sea views, wartime heritage, Exmoor ponies and more at Minehead

ENPAwartime-vehiclesJoin us at the North Hill Big Adventure on Saturday 31st August (10am-4pm) for a FREE fun event.

Enjoy spectacular views of Exmoor and across the Bristol Channel at North Hill, crowned with coastal heath and woodland habitats above Minehead.

5 - A close look at an Exmoor PonyThere will be chance to see a parade of World War II vintage military vehicles and learn about the hidden history of North Hill, including the old radar station which will be open to the public especially for this event. People will also be able to have a go at the orienteering challenge and take part in the usual family friendly games and activities. Go eco with the Wild Curiosities Corner and the Conservation Task. Meet an Exmoor Pony from the Moorland Mousie Trust and watch the moorland herd of ponies who roam the moorland here.

Adam Vasey, the Exmoor National Park Ranger who created the event says: “The Big Adventures are a great free family day out and we always get a fantastic turn out.  The North Hill Big Adventure should be as good as ever with military vehicle displays, guided walks and nature detective activities.  If you haven’t been to an event before then I’d urge you to come along and try it out.”

A limited number of Tramper all-terrain mobility buggies will be available for hire at this event for free. For more details contact Countryside Mobility on 01392 459222 info@countrysidemobility.org or visit www.countrysidemobility.org

North Hill is signed from Minehead High Street and there will be Big Adventure Days signs on the day.

The Heart of Exmoor connection

Through our Heart of Exmoor programmes, the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership has been busy at North Hill which is a very special place, full of interest.

800_northhillradarstation-doorsOne of the latest projects on the hill has been our restoration of the North Hill Radar Station which has a mysterious heritage, its beginnings seems somewhat ‘unknown’ but appear to date back to Word War 2 and the following ‘Cold War’ period. We have fixed the leaking roof and recontructed the original doors (thanks to some Exmoor contractors with excellent metalwork design skills). Come and see what the place is like at the North Hill Big Adventure!

We also have funded lots of other conservation work around North Hill. av swalingOvergrown bracken and scrub such as gorse and birch is often a problem at Scheduled Ancient Monuments (such as barrows and the remains of a Mediaeval settlement at North Hill) so we have carried out careful clearance under guidance by English Heritage. Controlled burns are one way to clear scrub without making an impact on the physical integrity of archaeologically important ground features.

Biobaler_demo_p3We have hosted practical training and demonstrations about management burns (swaling) and other scrub control measures such as with specialist machinery, like the Biobaler (pictured right). Volunteers have also kindly helped the landowner (Exmoor National Park Authority) to control scrub encroachment on the coastal heath habitat.

North Hill will be one of the favourite locations for our new projects for 2014 and 2014 – The Changing Moorland (training and conservation work for moorland areas undergoing change), New Ecologists (activities and training on wildlife discovery and monitoring) and Community Archaeology (community-based training and participation that delves into the past, as in Dig Porlock).

Please visit www.heartofexmoor.org.uk to find out more about our projects and how you can get involved.

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