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Coming up this autumn

( Last Updated: 18-09-2016 )

Events coming up in the autumn include mushroom forays, star-gazing and plant identification, with Christmas carol singing at Wellington memorial at the end of the year

With such a variety of events there really is something for everyone!


Singing Walk

Saturday 24 September, 10.30am – 1pm: Dalwood

Walk and sing through the Blackdown Hills AONB. Setting off from the Tuckers Arms in Dalwood, this gentle walk will visit Loughwood Meeting House – a thatched 17th century Baptist chapel owned by the National Trust. What a wonderful setting for some uplifting harmonies!



Saturday 1 October
Saturday 5 November
or Saturday 3 December
9am – 4pm: Yarcombe

Join the Blackdown Hills Hedge Association and spend the day learning to lay hedges in the Devon style. Very hands-on – each pair of participants will team up with an experienced hedge-layer to lay a length of hedge on a Devon bank.


Blackdown Hills Mushroom Forays

Saturday 1 October: Kilmington
Saturday 22 October: Churchinford
Saturday 5 November: Wambrook
each foray 11am – 2pm

Hunt for wild fungi and learn how to identify a variety of toadstools from the weird to the wonderful. After the walk you can choose to join botanist David Allen for a mushroom appetiser in the pub, where there will be a display of your finds and more. Organised by Quantock Nature.


Walking for health: level 3 walk

Thursday 6 October, 10.50am: Hemyock

Walking is a great way to stay active and improve your health and wellbeing. This level 3 walk (up to 90 minutes), organised by Westbank, may include steeper slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and stiles.


Apple days

Sunday 9 October: Buckland St Mary Village Hall (with Blackdown Hills Transition Group)
Sunday 16 October: Upottery Playing Fields
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October: Stentwood Farm, Dunkeswell


Make a rustic hedgerow chair

Sunday 16 October, 10am – 4pm: Buckland St Mary

Discover how West Country folk used to make strong, comfortable hedgerow chairs with materials from hedges, woods and gardens, and make your own hedgerow chair to take home. With Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.


Nights with the stars

Saturday 22 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Culmstock

A family fun evening with Jo Richardson (ESERO-UK Space Ambassador) and Space Detectives. Look at, and learn about, what we can see in the night sky. Space-related interactive activities for all ages.


Saturday 29 October, 6.30pm – 9pm: Membury

A night sky event for adults. Join local astronomer Simon Ould for a guided stargazing walk under the dark skies of the south-eastern Blackdown hills.


Garden birds and nest-box making

Friday 28 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Wambrook

Join Somerset Ornithological Society and Blackdown Hills Natural Futures to make a free bird box to take home. Learn about the different types of birds in your garden and how to identify them.


Lichen identification walk

Saturday 29 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Quants nature reserve and Buckland Wood

Lichen is often overlooked but nevertheless fascinating. Join Blackdown Hills Natural Futures and a local expert on this lichen identification walk.


Mushroom extravaganza

Sunday 6 November, 11am – 3pm: Upottery

Join local expert David Allen and Blackdown Hills Natural Futures team on a hunt for wild fungi. Find out how to identify a variety of mushrooms and toadstools, sample local fungi appetisers, and learn how to capture the magic of mushrooms in photographs.


Carols under the stars

Friday 2 December, 7.30 – 9pm: Wellington Monument

Experience the magic of the Blackdown Hills at night with Wellington Monument illuminated by torch-light. Members of the Blackdown Community Choir will lead the Christmas singing, with Smeatharpe Women’s Institute providing mince pies and mulled wine for sale.


Winter tree identification

Saturday 10 December, 10am – 2pm: Park Farm, near Wrangway

Join Blackdown Hills Natural Futures to learn how to identify a range of tree species from their bark and shape, even after they’ve dropped their leaves.



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