Exmoor Awareness sessions open for booking

Exmoor Awareness site visit Exmoor Awareness site visit with National Park conservation officer Ali Hawkins.

The 10th series of Exmoor Awareness is now open for booking. The series of three 1-day courses are aimed at those working in the tourism sector. They provide delegates with a unique insight into the National Park, its special qualities and how the National Park Authority is working with partners to manage the area and offer new experiences.

This year series starts with “Moor Outdoor Fun” in Dunster on the 28 February where delegates will learn about some of the new, exciting opportunities available to all in the great outdoors. New activities such as Geo Caching, Story Walks, Bush Crafts, Orienteering and Edible Walks can enhance outdoor experiences – even those who wouldn’t normally want to go for a walk. The morning will involve learning about such opportunities before putting them into practice around Nutcombe Bottom and England’s tallest tree in the afternoon.

The second session, on 15 March, to be held in Dulverton, is titled “A Living Landscape”. This varied session will provide an opportunity to hear from specialists working on a range of conservation and enhancement projects. Delegates will hear about the work of the Two Moors Threatened Butterfly Project, take a look at how Wimbleball reservoir has changed the landscape, learn more about Exmoor’s moorlands and hear how we can better value our natural environment. There will also be an opportunity to preview some exciting new exhibitions at the Dulverton Heritage Centre. After lunch there will be a chance to explore Haddon Hill putting the morning’s theory into context.

The third and final session of the year is “Moorland Heritage and WWII Connections”. It will focus on the heritage of Exmoor’s moorlands, and in particular how they were used for training in the Second World War. Based in Minehead on the 26 March the session will include a field trip on North Hill to look at the tank grounds, radar station and other world war two remains in addition to presentations.

“This will be the tenth series of Exmoor Awareness that we’ve delivered” said Dan James, Sustainable Economy Officer at Exmoor National Park Authority. “Every year we receive very positive feedback from delegates who find it an invaluable way of learning that little bit of extra information to pass on to their visitors and so we’re pleased to be able to offer these workshops once again. Whether you provide an accommodation service, run an attraction or activities, or work in an information centre these courses will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn more and enhance visitor experiences.”

All sessions include a range of presentations, a local produce lunch and networking as well as a field trip. The cost is £15 to attend one session, £27.50 for any two, or £32.50 to attend all three sessions.

Booking forms can be downloaded from the Exmoor National Park Authority website or you can call 01398 323665 for further information.


Published: 5 February 2013

Contact the press office:

Clare O-Connor
T: 01398 322244
E: CKOConnor@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk