Quantock Hills Blog

An update from Sammy Fraser

- Volunteer Co-ordinator for Somerset AONB's

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 12 June 2017

An update from Sammy Fraser The time has flown by since I started at the end of March- and what a brilliant team of staff and volunteers I am lucky enough to now work with! Here’s some of the things I have been involved in:

National Volunteering Week 1st-7th June

Across the Blackdown, Quantock and Mendip Hills AONBs we have been celebrating the fantastic work that our volunteer teams help us achieve through National Volunteering Week. We celebrated through promoting 7 different benefits of volunteering each day through the week on our social media pages-using your own stories and quotes to showcase what volunteering has done for you. The posts were very popular on social media- so a big thank you to everyone who contributed.

Butterfly monitoring in the Quantocks

I’ve been working with one of our Volunteer Rangers, Phil Cook, to get together a team of volunteers to help us carry out UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme surveys at Fyne Court and Cothelstone. Thanks to Butterfly Conservation we have been able to organise training for our volunteers- so by April next year we will all be trained up and ready for the 2018 transect season. We would love more people to join our team, so if this interests you please contact me on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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