Exmoor Discovery Week
Local families have donned sunglasses and wellies to spend a week exploring and conserving Exmoor’s bogs and moorland.
During the annual Exmoor Discovery Week, children aged from 1 to 13, from across Exmoor and beyond, and their enthusiastic parents took part in a varied programme of events including; bracken bashing; wildlife spotting; fire lighting; and making nettle rope.
Undoubted highlights included a marvellously muddy day with the Exmoor Mires Project helping to conserve the environmentally important Exmoor bogs, and learning that peat makes a good substitute for both playdough and face paints! The enthusiastic families also teamed up with the National Trust Holnicote team undertaking some practical conservation work on Grabbist, overlooking Dunster and Minehead.
Liam Ring, from Nettlecombe Court Field Studies Council, who organised the week, said: “Exmoor has some beautiful unexplored corners, which are teeming with wildlife. Everyone enjoyed exploring and getting stuck into conserving these natural gems; getting thoroughly muddy in the process”.
Exmoor Discovery Week was supported by the Heart of Exmoor Scheme through it’s Heritage Lottery and Exmoor Trust funding. David Rolls, Education and Outreach Worker for the Scheme praised the work of the Nettlecombe Court team.
‘ What a week! What a team ! A big thankyou to Nettlecombe Court and all the volunteers for making this happen. The week provided a taster for the New Ecologist Project enabling people to enjoy, explore and learn about Exmoor’s wonderful moorland wildlife. Looking ahead, the autumn is a great time for mushrooms and fungi. Why not come on one of the local fungi days’
To find out more local fungi and mushroom days visit http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/