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Save our Magnificent Meadows Events

After a really successful three years the Save our Magnificent Meadows project has now come to an end so these pages are provided for information only. However, you can still get involved in helping transform the fortunes of our wildflower grasslands by volunteering with the Magnificent Meadows Conservation Volunteers who are continuing to work on grassland reserves throughout Mendip on the first Thursday of each month. Please click here for more info. 

For information on meadows, including how to create one in your garden or on your own land, please visit the Magnificent Meadows website (link to www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk), which has a huge amount of useful information, or you can get in touch with our Mendip team, here. 

Since the beginning of Save our Magnificent Meadows, we have led and attended 44 events including meadow open days, local food markets, the Bath and West Show, and even Glastonbury festival!

Our events aim to inspire people with the beautiful meadows of the Mendip Hills and the wildlife that depends on them. They are also a great way to meet members of the local community, engage with families, and offer advice on how everyone can help their local wildlife. So far we have engaged with a whopping 5300 people, so thank you very much if you have come and visited us!

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Latest Events

We have no more events planned for this year, but please check back regularly for news of our events in 2017.

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Help us celebrate this beautiful ancient woodland. We're running sessions in woodland crafts, bird calls, Tai Chi, nature discovery, charcoal making and much more! With support from the Hanson in the Community Fund.

View the full programme of the day here by clicking here

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Discover the wildlife and plants of Whatcombe Fields whilst helping to compile a list of the species that the Fields support, to help shape ongoing management. Joint event with SOS Frome.

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Help get the thistles at Whatcombe Fields under control – many hands make light work! Come along for half an hour, half a day or however long you want – it’s great exercise and very rewarding. Gloves and motivational biscuits will be provided on this joint event with SOS Frome.

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Sharpen your nocturnal senses on a wildlife-rich, night-time ramble across the Mendip landscape with nature and astronomy expert and broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE, looking for owls, glow worms, nightjars and stars.

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Join us and the owners of the wonderful site for a wander around Eley's Fields Private Nature Reserve, at a time when the orchids and wildflowers are at their most spectacular. 

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Learn to 'fly like a wild goose' and other simple Tai Chi movements in our stunning Edford Meadows Nature reserve. This relaxing form of gentle exercise is suitable for all ages and abilities, with instruction provided by Beth Woodburn from Tai Chi for Health  

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Get to know the wildflowers, bumblebees and butterflies at these beautiful meadows with help from Somerset Wildlife Trust's Pippa Rayner.  

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Discover the 'small wonders' (including insects, galls, fungi, lichens, mosses and ferns) that local wildlife enthusiasts Veryan and Andy Conn will share with you in Coleford's meadows and woodlands.  

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Join us for an evening walk around Vallis Vale SSSI to listen and look out for bats, including rare Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats. Led by Adel Avery from the Somerset Bats Group. 

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Get fit whilst helping wildlife by clearing scrub and cherry laurel that is encroaching into rare limestone grassland and woodland. Led by Simon Wiltshire, Biodiversity Advisor for Aggregate Industries. 

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