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Blackdown Hills AONB welcomes new managerBlackdown Hills AONB welcomes new manager

Tim Youngs has taken the up his post as the manager of Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Tim has more than 20 years’ experi...
( Last Updated: 31-08-2017 )

Children’s art exhibition celebrating the natural beauty of the Blackdown HillsChildren’s art exhibition celebrating the natural beauty of the Blackdown Hills

 An exhibition of children’s artwork based on the habitats and species of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is to be held this a...
( Last Updated: 22-09-2017 )

Going wild with Blackdown Hills Natural FuturesGoing wild with Blackdown Hills Natural Futures

A wild time was had by all at Blackdown Hills Natural Futures’ Wildlife Discovery Day.  Nearly 500 people came along to Forde Abbey, near Chard, t...
( Last Updated: 20-06-2017 )

Embrace the darkness – an evening of astronomical adventureEmbrace the darkness – an evening of astronomical adventure

One of the qualities that make the Blackdown Hills AONB such a special place are the dark, star-filled skies. According to a recent study Blackdown Hills is the...
( Last Updated: 26-04-2017 )

Blackdown Hills AONB spring newsletterBlackdown Hills AONB spring newsletter

Read the latest from Blackdown Hills AONB… Enjoy and learn about art inspired by our beautiful landscape at A Fragile Beauty exhibition at the Museum ...
( Last Updated: 18-04-2017 )

New volunteer coordinator for Somerset’s AONBsNew volunteer coordinator for Somerset’s AONBs

The Blackdown Hills AONB has welcomed a new volunteer co-ordinator to its team for a day each week. Sammy Fraser will be working across Somerset’s t...
( Last Updated: 11-04-2017 )

Naturally Healthy Month – MayNaturally Healthy Month – May

Getting outdoors in the natural world is good fun and great for our health. Naturally Healthy Month inspires us all to enjoy and benefit from our fantastic ...
( Last Updated: 12-04-2017 )

Painting a picture of the Blackdown HillsPainting a picture of the Blackdown Hills

 This spring, an exhibition of the work of the Camden Town Group, a circle of artists known for their paintings of the Blackdown Hills, is taking place a...
( Last Updated: 11-04-2017 )

Autumn newsletterAutumn newsletter

Read our autumn newsletter for the latest updates from the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty....
( Last Updated: 23-11-2016 )

UK first as rare black dormouse is foundUK first as rare black dormouse is found

We are very excited to have discovered a rare black dormouse right here in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the only black dormouse...
( Last Updated: 03-10-2016 )

Making the most of the dark skies in Blackdown Hills AONBMaking the most of the dark skies in Blackdown Hills AONB

The dark, star-filled skies contrasting with the brightness of the surrounding towns is one of the qualities that make the Blackdown Hills AONB such a special p...
( Last Updated: 20-09-2016 )

Blackdown rambles scrambles and gambolsBlackdown rambles scrambles and gambols

Whether you’re on two feet, two wheels or four hooves, there are ample routes to explore and enjoy the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ...
( Last Updated: 19-09-2016 )

Coming up this autumnComing up this autumn

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 ...
( Last Updated: 18-09-2016 )

Blackdowns JubileeBlackdowns Jubilee

If you love the Blackdown Hills’ patchwork beauty and timeless tranquillity you already know that it is one of the UK’s most precious landscapes. Th...
( Last Updated: 17-09-2016 )

Outstanding WeekOutstanding Week

  17 to 24 September 2016 Outstanding Week starts this Saturday. It is an opportunity to explore and enjoy Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A...
( Last Updated: 14-09-2016 )

Summer newsletterSummer newsletter

Find out the latest from the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in our summer newsletter Click here to subscribe to our newsletters and we&...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Blackdown Bliss – savouring summer with a celebratory ice creamBlackdown Bliss – savouring summer with a celebratory ice cream

Otter Valley Ice Cream is helping the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to celebrate its 25th anniversary through the sale of Blackdown ...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Local luminaries receive national award for service to the AONBLocal luminaries receive national award for service to the AONB

 Blackdown Hills’ residents, Heather Stallard and David Allen, have been honoured with Landscapes for Life awards for long-standing service to the ...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Blackdown Hills celebrates 25 years as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)Blackdown Hills celebrates 25 years as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

On Sunday there were celebrations to mark 25 years since the Blackdown Hills area was designated as a protected landscape. A tea party was held at The Candlel...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Blackdown Beauty a beautiful beer for a beautiful placeBlackdown Beauty a beautiful beer for a beautiful place

To celebrate the Blackdown Hills’ 25th anniversary as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a special guest beer from Otter Brewery, Blackdo...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Tender is the night – New interactive map shows England’s night skies under threatTender is the night – New interactive map shows England’s night skies under threat

The most detailed ever satellite maps of England's light pollution and dark skies have shown the Blackdown Hills as the fifth darkest Area of Outstanding ...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

Have you seen this butterflyHave you seen this butterfly

Local farming and conservation organisations in the Blackdown Hills are calling on landowners and smallholders to check their land for a fugitive - one of the...
( Last Updated: 07-09-2016 )

May newsletterMay newsletter

Click here to view our May 2016 newsletter...
( Last Updated: 13-06-2016 )

Calling for applicants to join the AONB Management Group

Could you help conserve and enhance the special landscape of the Blackdown Hills? The Blackdown Hills AONB has a new category of member on its Management Group,...
( Last Updated: 30-03-2016 )

Job Vacancy – Communications Officer

The Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership is seeking an enthusiastic creative person to work within its small busy team.  Applicants should have a background in...
( Last Updated: 30-03-2016 )

March – April 2016 Newseltter

Click here to view our latest newsletter....
( Last Updated: 15-03-2016 )

New programme for RAF Culmhead

The important historic remains of RAF Culmhead at Trickey Warren are to be better managed and recorded thanks to a new Heritage Environment Programme on the...
( Last Updated: 13-07-2015 )

Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Evaluation Contract

Invitation to tender - Blackdown Hills Natural Futures project evaluation - The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is seeking...
( Last Updated: 11-03-2015 )

Blackdown Hills Natural Futures Filming Contract

Invitation to tender - Blackdown Hills Natural Futures filming work - The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is seeking a con...
( Last Updated: 19-02-2015 )

New community wildlife project

Blackdown Hills Natural Futures, a major new community wildlife project, has been awarded £246,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The announcement mean...
( Last Updated: 21-10-2014 )

Teacher praises Dunkeswell War Stories

A Devon teacher has described how an innovative multi-media project has transformed her pupils' understanding of the Second World War, and created lessons f...
( Last Updated: 11-11-2013 )

Dunkeswell War Stories DVD now on sale

A new film, which paints a moving and fascinating picture of a Blackdown Hills community during the Second World War, has gone on sale.Dunkeswell War ...
( Last Updated: 30-09-2013 )

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