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Discovering Black Down was a three year project which ran from 2013-2016 and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to raise awareness of the importance of Black Down and the Burrington Commons. This special site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific interest for its valuable wildlife habitats and a Scheduled Monument for its archaeology from the late Stone Age and Bronze Age through to the Second World War.

With over 600,000 people living within a short journey of Black Down and Burrington Commons, and being very visible and accessible, the Commons are under increasing pressure from the number and variety of users. The numbers of walkers, cyclists and horse riders combined with conditions created by weather and soil type is causing damage to the archaeology and the erosion of large areas where paths have been widened by users and water run off.

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit hosted the project and undertook practical work to conserve Black Down and Burrington Ham Commons in consultation with the landowner and Natural England.

The legacy of Discovering Black Down will seek to ensure local community and user group volunteers continue to play an active role in the care and conservation of this area’s heritage.

The Mendip Hills Fund supports local projects that conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills and benefit local communities.