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Scheduled Monument Monitoring

Over 600,000 people live within 45 minutes drive of the Mendip Hills. Beacon Batch on Black Down is, at 325m, the highest point in the Mendip Hills and provides outstanding views over Blagdon and across the Severn estuary to Exmoor and Wales, as well as views across the plateau of the Mendip Hills. It is no surprise that the high number of visitors each year is having an impact on the fragile nature of the site.

This is an issue as a large part of Black Down is a Scheduled Monument, designated to protect the World War II features and the much older Bronze Age burial mounds.

In order to manage these features we need to know where the erosion is most serious in order to target resources. We are therefore going to undertake regular monitoring to identify where there is serious risk to the areas historic features.

Caring for Black Down

If you have a few hours to spare every 3 months and would like to take part in the monitoring then contact Stuart Bardsley, Discovering Black Down Project Officer.

By not walking, or riding over the Bronze Age barrows and World War II tumps you can help conserve these features that are a significant part of our heritage.