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The Wessex Hillforts and Habitats Project

Date: Saturday 4 April 2020

Talk by Dr. Martin Papworth and Simon Ford, National Trust at 2pm on Saturday 4th April 2020 in Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne

Sherborne Museum Winter Talks Programme, 2019-2020

Dr. Martin Papworth and Simon Ford, National Trust
James Gibb Memorial Lecture: ‘The Wessex Hillforts and Habitats Project’

The National Trust look after over 50 hillforts in SW England. These range from dramatic features such as Hambledon Hill in Dorset and Whitesheet Hill in Wiltshire, to cliff castles such as The Rumps in Cornwall or Rough Tor on Bodmin Moor. The majority of these sites are designated Scheduled Monuments as well as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Hillforts take a great deal of work to manage, from preventing scrub and trees damaging archaeology to preventing damage from burrowing animals or human erosion. Similar work is needed to protect the archaeology as well as the wildlife. The project aims to protect and enhance the historical and natural interest of some of the key National Trust owned hillforts in Dorset and South Wiltshire and is part funded by the People's Postcode Lottery. It will also include improving access, better signing and information as well as further research. NT Archaeologist, Dr Martin Papworth, will be joined by Wildlife Adviser, Simon Ford, to explain more about these sites and reveal how the project is progressing.

Please note that the Annual General Meeting will precede this talk.

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