Meadows and other species-rich grasslands are a key part of the UK’s natural and cultural heritage. National Meadows Day this year takes place on Saturday 2nd July, each year it’s a chance to visit meadows at their peak, to celebrate them, have fun and raise awareness of this forgotten habitat.
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.
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.
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.
National Trust rangers on the Lizard are turning back the clocks, by putting their faith in the humble scythe. These simple tools, which were the only way to gather in the harvest of hay and corn just a few generations ago, are making a come back for tasks such as cutting footpaths.
With a large crowd expected to descend on Avebury for the summer Solstice, the National Trust has appealed to those wanting to celebrate to consider using public transport and to plan their trip well in advance.
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…
Endangered dormice have been discovered at Tyntesfield, near Bristol, for the first time by National Trust rangers and volunteers.
The team have been surveying and monitoring wildlife on the estate for many years, including, bats, newts and birds, but have recently extended their work to include dormice.
The National Trust supports a petition being created by Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow to raise awareness of Wellington Monument’s current need for repairs.
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.