Partners in wild running and parenting

Jen and Sim Benson and children

Jen and Sim Benson and children

The South West is a mecca for outdoor sport and adventure. For the first time the South West Out-door Festival (23-25 September) brings them together in one unique place at Heddon Valley –Exmoor’s secret valley.

The festival is being supported by numerous legends of the outdoor world that either hail from the region originally, or have gravitated here because of the wealth of exciting adventure opportunities that exist in the area.

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Heron moves in to take over island nest

The squatter heron on the nest in the middle of the Prior Park lake

The squatter heron on the nest in the middle of the lake at Prior Park (C)National Trust/Anna Kilcooley

A marauding heron has taken over a coot’s nest in the centre of a lake at Prior Park in Bath – and is refusing to give it up.

A heron has long lived around the lake in the landscape garden, managed by the National Trust, but has recently taken a liking to proudly sitting on top of a stack of weeds in the centre of the lower lake. The pile was originally a nest made by coots, but the heron has now staked a claim to the spot and can regularly be seen relaxing on his new island abode.

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Plymbridge Peregrine chicks have fledged

 

ZZ_DSC4087_fhdr-copy-1024x682There have been some new faces appearing at the Plym Peregrine Project appearing in the National Trust’s Plymbridge Woods, near Plymouth.

In April the resident wild falcons were sat on 4 eggs on a ledge on a long-disused slate quarry, this marks the pairs 6th nesting year. In May the 4 chicks hatched, although unfortunately just a few weeks later 2 had disappeared from the nest with only a female and a male chick remaining.

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Ship shape and Tyntesfield fashion

Tyntesfield Woodland play 2 (c)National Trust - Peter Hall
Tyntesfield's new play area artists impression (c) Touchwood

Tyntesfield’s new play area artists impression (c) Touchwood

An extensive new woodland play area, with a nautical theme, will be opened by the National Trust at Tyntesfield on 31 May.

A play trail already exists at the estate, but the new additions have been created in response to feedback from visitors, who have asked for more to explore in the woods.

There will be three new play structures, as well as additions made to two which already exist on a pathway leading up into the woods. Continue reading…

‘The South West has so much to offer for the outdoor fanatic of today’

Monty Halls

Monty Halls

The South West is a mecca for outdoor sport and adventure.  For the first time the South West Outdoor Festival brings them together in one unique place – at Heddon Valley – Exmoor’s secret valley .

The festival is being supported by numerous legends of the outdoor world who either hail from the region originally, or have gravitated here because of the wealth of exciting adventure opportunities that exist in the area.

Among them is Dartmouth-based TV presenter Monty Halls, who will be attending the festival as a speaker, film maker and self-confessed outdoor addict.

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