Learning to Strim

Nice post by NT Volunteer Ranger, Zoe Caals. (Glad we were able to help. Thanks for mentioning the funders!)

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Whether maintaining footpaths and car parks, or carrying out habitat management work, brushcutting/strimming is a useful skill for someone wanting to work in conservation. As a full-time volunteer with the National Trust, I was keen to get training for it if possible. Fortunately, through funding available from the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Project I was able to do so, along with fellow volunteer Oli.

We were signed up to a 2-day Lantra course with a training company on the Devon/Cornwall border. The first day was spent learning about the machinery, the different parts and how to look after them properly. Most of this was completely new to me but I found it really interesting and should help if I have any problems with the equipment. We also went through how to do a risk assessment before starting any work to ensure that all safety precautions have been considered. This would…

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Roll up, roll up for the 12th Annual World Bolving Championship

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Roll up, roll up for the 12th Annual World Bolving Championship at Exmoor National Park

This year’s World Bolving Championship takes place on Saturday 17 October at Draydon Rails, Dulverton (TA22 9QE) in Exmoor National Park starting at 6pm and everyone is welcome.

It’s an evening with a difference as National Park Ranger Richard Eales explains: “This is a competition to find out who can sound most like a rutting stag – can you get a real live deer to answer you across the wild deep valley?

“This year there is a beautiful, framed stag picture that has been kindly donated by http://www.mikesherwinphotography.co.uk as well as the Phil Ferris Shield that will go to the winner. Mike Sherwin has also kindly donated a picture that will be presented to the best junior bolver, so get practicing kids.”

380_Robin Offer bolving 2014_10_18_0219Anyone that would like to join in and test their vocal chords can just turn up on the night and enter. Entries are a minimum donation of £2 per person and all the money raised will go to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

People can either meet up with other competitors at The Rock House Inn, Dulverton at 5pm or just turn up at Draydon Rails at 6pm. After the competition it’s back to the pub for the results and winners’ presentation, beer, food and the prize draw.

For further details please contact Richard on 07772 989737 or the Rock House Inn on 01398 323467.

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What’s happening with Exmoor’s moorland? You tell us!

The 2015 Moorland Units Review

Share your knowledge of Exmoor’s moorland landscapes for the 2015 Moorland Units Review and help to shape Exmoor National Park’s priorities and projects for the next 5 years.

The 2015 Review questionnaire is now available online

http://tinyurl.com/mu2015review 

Deadline for submissions 31st October 2015

For a paper version or more details call Jason Ball on 01398 322164.

Please help to update details for your Moorland Unit. The survey doesn’t take long and  this report will be an official document for Exmoor National Park Authority. 

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Exmoor’s Wildlife Forum – last chance to book

Please join us at an event to celebrate the fantastic array of wildlife work that’s happening around Exmoor National Park.

At the Exmoor Wildlife Forum we will hear from a number of guest speakers and local volunteers about a variety of projects being carried out for the benefit of Exmoor’s wildlife, ranging from the New Ecologists project and the River Barle signal crayfish control trials to the Exmoor Mires Project and the Make the Small Things Count campaign.

The Wildlife Forum is hosted by Exmoor National Park Authority and financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, through the Heart of Exmoor scheme.

If you would like to contribute to wildlife conservation work on Exmoor, please consider donating to CareMoor for Exmoor. (Donation boxes at the event.)

Book your place now!

Heath Fritillary (click to enlarge)  photo by Jason Ball

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What’s happening on Exmoor’s moorland?

Meetings are being held to gather views from farmers, commoners and landowners.

Meetings have been held to gather views from farmers, commoners and landowners.

Farmers, landowners and commoners are being asked to share their knowledge of Exmoor National Park’s moorland landscapes for an important review. The 2015 Moorland Units Review will help shape Exmoor National Park priorities and projects for the next 5 years.

Jason Ball, EMLP Scheme Manager said: “Your feedback will shape the 2015 report, which will influence the decision-makers and grant-makers when it comes to supporting Exmoor’s moorland management. If you look after the moorland, or if it important to you, please help us to update this Moorland Units report, which will be an official document for the Exmoor National Park Authority.”

Jason added: “We’ve posted questionnaires and maps to all the moorland managers and farmers we know. So if you should have received something but haven’t, please contact me on jpball@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or 01398 322164 – or you can do the survey online.”

The Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership comprises a dozen organisations including the National Farmers’ Union, the Exmoor Society, Natural England, Historic England and Exmoor National Park Authority. The review is a partnership project supported by Heritage Lottery Funding as part of the Heart of Exmoor scheme. Please see www.heartofexmoor.org.uk for details.

Do the survey online

The 2015 Moorland Units Review questionnaire is now available online (along with the original 2010 report)  to reach a wide audience including farmers, landowners and commoners, Parish Councils, moorland pony herd owners, tourism and leisure providers, and others involved with Exmoor’s moorland. Link here.

Farmers and landowners are already sending in their questionnaires, and meetings are being held to gather the views of moorland managers directly. We are asking other groups to submit their feedback via the website by the end of October.

Share your knowledge of Exmoor National Park’s moorland landscapes for the 2015 Moorland Units Review and help to shape Exmoor National Park priorities and projects for the next 5 years. If you look after the moorland, or if it is important to you, please help us to update this Moorland Units report, which will be an official document for the Exmoor National Park Authority.

The Moorland Unit areas of Exmoor National Park

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Radar Station Minehead

Moorland - the Heart of ExmoorCastles in the Sky: Discover the WWII Radar Station on North Hill Sat 12 September

Castles in the Sky – The WWII Radar Station on North Hill

Hill Road, North Hill, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5LB

Castles in the Sky was the name given by Winston Churchill and others to the ring of radar stations that surrounded Britain’s coastline during the Second World War. Come along and see one of the last surviving ‘castles in the sky’ as part of Heritage Open Days 2015.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 12 September: 1100-1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

Some uneven ground. Please come prepared for possible changes in the weather.

Additional information

Contact: 01398 323841.

Directions

Follow Hill Road, pass the caravan site entrance and when on the moor, look for the car park on the right. Please park in public car park at OS Grid Ref: SS 9537 4748 and follow temporary signs to radar station.

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Website

www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/visiting/events

Also featured at the HOD website! http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/castles-in-the-sky-the-wwii-radar-station-on-north-hill

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People out in force for National Parks Week events

This year’s Bogtastic event, which celebrated Exmoor’s wonderful bogs, had over 40 different activities from bats to barn owls, diggers to bog dipping with people travelling from far and wide to enjoy the day.

BBC Spotlight came along to film the fun and the event raised funds for CareMoor for Exmoor, the National Park conservation and access fund.

Raising the Bogtastic flag !

Raising the Bogtastic flag !

Morag Angus, Exmoor Mires Project Manager said: “Bogtastic, fantastic! Amazing to see so many smiles on kids and adults faces as they got stuck into all the bog and river activities. A collaborative event held during National Parks Week that truly showed some of the best that Exmoor has to offer.

“A big thank you to everybody, which includes all the volunteers and activity providers who made it such a smooth running enjoyable day.”

Comments from those who came include, from the UK: “
“Just to say well done for a fantastic day last Wednesday with lots of visitors enjoying exploring the wonders of the moor despite the odd shower. Well done too, to your helpers, our grandchildren and a group from school came and had a great time – mud and all. Altogether a great and mind expanding event, well done.”

And from France: “A big thank you, it’s not just Anne serving tea and coffee who was happy, but children in the bog water, with beautifully painted faces, or feet in the river or Sophie, enjoy the luck of living here. Merci pour tout bon week-end.”

David Rolls, moorland education officer said: “On behalf of all the Bogtastic team, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that helped, we couldn’t have done it without you.”

Exploring with the Environment Agency

Exploring with the Environment Agency

Also during National Park Week, nearly 50 people also enjoy the Dunkery by Moonlight walk, guided up by a National Park ranger to the highest point on Exmoor. Fortunately it was a clear night and the full moon really did look like a Somerset brie.

Please check out the Get Involved Website for more opportunities – http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/get-involved

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