Our work at Crook Peak in the Mendip Hills

Stone walling at Crook Peak

A lot of hard work goes into the management of the Mendips. Our rangers make sure that the Mendips remain a wonderful place. If you see them, then say hi, they'd be happy to answer any questions. But they can't do it alone...our volunteers are amazing.

Dry stone walling

All over the Mendip Hills are dry stone walls. We make sure that they are all in good repair. A fantastic example of one of our projects can be seen on Crook Peak. This wall was completlety rebuilt by some of our fantastic volunteers.
 

Swaling and scrub bashing

In order to conserve the rare limestone grassland habitat on the Mendips we burn some of the gorse. This process is called swaling. It is done on a rotational cycle to promote a variety of habitats.
 

Woodland management

We also clear large areas of vegetation with our volunteers by scrub bashing. We chop down gorse brambles and hawthorn so that the species-rich carboniferous limestone habitat can thrive once again.
 
Sometimes we don't do anything at all. To maintain the ancient woodland and encourage regeneration we leave any trees that have been blown over by storms lying in the wood. Dead wood provides fantastic homes for small creatures.