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Hill Patrols

- Ranger Tim and the local Police patrol the hills

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 14 January 2013

Hill Patrols It hasn’t been great weather over the last couple of weeks, but its great to see people taking the opportunity to enjoy the area when they can.  With my trusty emergency flask of tea (milk, 1 sugar - if your asking!) and my waterproofs I’ve been out patrolling the area with our local PCSO Louise Fyne.

If you saw Countryfile last night you will have seen the segment about wildlife crime.  It is great news for us that wildlife crime is at last being taken seriously and highlighted in the national media, as this is an on-going problem in the Quantocks.  Crimes such as poisoning birds of prey and deer poaching are particular areas of concern.

Rangers regularly patrol with local Police Beat Managers and PCSOs to maintain a profile and deal with inappropriate use of the area when found, such as illegal off-road driving, littering and sheep worrying by dogs, etc.

Recent successes with illegal off-roading prosecutions have hopefully strengthened the message that this issue is taken very seriously and is not tolerated in the Quantocks.  With the ground currently being completely saturated it is very easy to do significant damage to the hills.

The Rangers are particularly grateful to the help provided by the Police and will continue to be out and about through the AONB as much as possible.  If you see anything suspicious or have any concerns do get in touch with either us, or directly with the Police.

Please look at the Avon & Somerset Constabulary web link below which gives information on the Somerset Path Watch Scheme relating to illegal off-roading.


[Photo shows Ranger out on New Year’s Eve patrol with Police].



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    mark schofield

    07 Mar 13

    such a shame that what was for many many years LEGAL ROADS (byways) cannot be enjoyed by law abiding adults on road legal motorised vehicles anymore.this county invents a lazy law(restricted byway) to stop a small number of adults using a tiny area of the countryside

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