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.
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.