Chilterns Conservation Board - Hillforts, LiDAR, Activities to Join in With

A newsletter from Chilterns AONB

Hope you had a good start to 2020 (or are at least relieved that January is over!)

Some updates from team Chilforts – we had a fantastically busy January, kicked off with inset day workshops right back at the start of the month for two primary schools, giving their teachers some thoughts and resources for teaching prehistory; with the help of John Morris of the Chilterns Woodlands project we now have all the data for a tree condition survey of Cholesbury Camp; we had a brilliant sunny, rainy, rainbow-y day clearing the earthworks of bramble and litter at Waulud’s Bank in Luton, complete with January barbecue; Ed made his local radio debut on Wycombe Sound last week (you can listen again here 28th January, timestamps 15.35-24.08, 33.40-40.04, 43.47-48.40); ten keen National Trust volunteers from Dunstable Down were inducted into the LiDAR world; and we had seven more keen people along to learn how to use the LiDAR Review Portal, which has now had its “soft launch” – more about this in the next newsletter, but this means we are now starting to work through, reviewing all your Citizen Records sent in on the LiDAR portal. In the next week or two you should start to get some feedback!

We’ve got plenty coming up in February, so check below for opportunities. And keep searching on the portal – along with feedback, you’ll very soon be able to earn badges for your work!

Waulud’s Bank Scrub Bashing: Thursday 6th February

We are returning to Waulud’s Bank, in central Luton, this Thursday for some more scrub bashing and litter picking – we’ve made great progress in two visits so far, but there’s plenty more work to do! Forecast is looking kind – come join us for a day out in the fresh air. Sign up here by Wednesday 8am!

We have a further session on 5th March, for which you can sign up here

Pulpit Hill LiDAR Field Checking: Wednesday 12th February

On Wednesday 12th February we will be working with the National Trust archaeologist and ranger covering Pulpit Hill to visit and check archaeological sites identified on the property using the LiDAR. We want to look to see if we can add to our understanding of features by visiting them in person, and note their condition, including any threats. This will help us to build our understanding of this part of the landscape, and give the National Trust a useful new mapped dataset to assist with management decisions. Participants will need to be up for a good day of tramping about the wood trying to find LiDAR features! Sign up here by this Friday; places are limited so we made have to hold a ballot:

LiDAR Mapathon: Friday 28th February, Potten End Village Hall

We will be holding another Mapathon – getting together into one place to have a play on the LiDAR portal and record some more sites, with me there to help, give advice, if you need. This will be taking place at Potten End Village Hall, between 10 am and 12 pm. You’ll just need to bring a laptop, or we can lend a couple out if needed. Sign up here by Wednesday 12th February:

Lecture from Prof. Sir Barry Cunliffe, Saturday 7th March, 2.30 pm: “Hillforts and the Prehistoric Landscape: our Developing Understanding.” The King’s Church, Amersham, HP6 6LX

An event jointly sponsored by The Chilterns Conservation Board Beacons of the Past Project, the Prehistoric Society, and the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society. Prof. Sir Barry Cunliffe is emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford, and was once described as “the David Attenborough of archaeology.” He has excavated some of Britain’s more important Iron Age and Roman sites, including Danebury Hillfort, Hengistbury Head, Fishbourne Roman Villa, and the Roman Baths at Bath, and published over 25 books, including best-sellers such as Britain Begins (2013). The event is free.

Edward Peveler
Landscape Heritage Officer
Beacons of the Past - Hillforts in the Chilterns Landscape
Chilterns Conservation Board

Phone: 01844 355525
Twitter: @edpev7

The Lodge, 90 Station Road, Chinnor, OX39 4HA


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