Follow the blog of Rangers Owen Jones and Tim Russell as they roam the Quantocks, working to help keep the Quantocks outstandingly beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
On Saturday I was privileged to attend the launch of a new state of the art apiary (a place where beehives are kept) near Spaxton. The new facility has been created by the Quantock Beekeepers Association.
Hello, I am Nichola and I have just started with the Quantock Hills AONB Service as the Volunteer Co-ordinator! My role with the Quantocks is in partnership with the Mendip Hills AONB too, so I spread my time equallly between both sets of hills.
If you’ve ever called the AONB office you will probably have spoken to her; she is a mine of information, and if you have a query Katy will always be able to help. Her calm, practical and friendly nature means life is always easier when she is around, so meet Katy and find out what the Quantocks mean to her.
This afternoon I attended the Meet the Buyer event at Dunster Tithe Barn. The event was an opportunity for local producer suppliers and buyers to meet and network with the aim of improving business and collaboration.
My 6.30 arrival into the office got off to a bad start when I realised (at the office door) that I had left my keys inside when hurrying out yesterday. However this did give me an excellent opportunity to explore Fyne Court listening to the wonderful Dawn Chorus, where lots of song birds are singing to impress the females and claim a territory.
Sometimes it is the not so fun, boring work that does so much to help keep the Quantocks so outstandingly beautiful.
Recent work with the Quantock Hills volunteers has included installing heavy duty timber posts at possible vehicle access points onto Dowsborough Iron Age Hill Fort (an important Scheduled Ancient Monument). The posts indicate the Public Bridleway but also highlight No Unauthorised Vehicle access.
Tied in with a Swaling Training session volunteers, National Trust and AONB Rangers managed to kick off the swaling season on a beautiful sunny day. I will be hoping to achieve more swaling on the hills should the weather pick up again.
This photo shows the amount of litter volunteers Chris Tilley and Nick Howell collected with me on Tuesday. We managed to completely fill a trailer with rubbish from between The Pines, Lydeard Hill and Cothelstone. About 80% of the rubbish consisted of plastic drink bottles .... what’s wrong with taking them home and re-cycling them?
The recent snow fall was pretty spectacular on the hills. In some places the snow was almost a foot deep. Cothelstone Hill looked absolutely stunning when Owen and I went up to check on the Exmoor Ponies (who seem to love the snowy conditions by the way).