Notwithstanding that access to Chark Moor is by arrangement only, the Gaia Trust wants to increase the number and variety of visits to Chark Moor. We will continue to host survey and training activities for specialist nature conservation groups as well as volunteer land management activities, but we are particularly keen to engage with local community and education groups as well.
Dogs are not permitted at Chark Moor
The site is as well suited as a practical classroom to highlight the links between farming, conservation and food production and the challenges of delivering these in ways that support the conservation features of interest at the site ; for example, exploring how conservation grazing can be used to improve the site but could also ruin it if not managed carefully. A visit would support conservation, ecology and environmental science courses/modules as well as opportunities for other non-science based learning.
We hope in the future to engage with tertiary level students to help us monitor grassland regeneration on newly cleared areas of permanent open space and for other student research projects.
We also offer visits to Chark Moor as part of the health and wellbeing package that the Gaia Trust offers at our nearby Bodwannick Manor Farm property. A visit is an opportunity for to engage with ‘wild nature’ through wellbeing activities from mindfulness to creative activities like drawing, painting, photography.
To improve access for all and with support of a capital grant through the site's Countryside Stewardship Scheme, the Gaia Trust has constructed a 55 metre raised board walk from the car park to the start of the open area. This is suitable for wheel chair access and also includes information boards.
For further information and to arrange a visit contact Matt Edworthy on email email@example.com