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The last days of summer

- Ranger Rebekah has been busy over the summer months

Rebekah West

Posted by Rebekah West on 09 September 2014

The last days of summer It’s been a beautiful summer so far and the berries are now ripe for picking. I’m planning to go picking elder berries to make some cordial tonight- it’s a great year for berries so I would thoroughly recommend getting out and foraging!

Summer is always a busy time for the Quantock Rangers; we look after some of the car parks on behalf of the County Council for example Cothelstone Hill, Lydeard Hill and Triscombe car parks, so there is always lots of strimming and maintenance work to keep them looking tidy.  We also do regular patrols, lots of working with Quantock farmers and landowners and not forgetting the Exmoor ponies on Cothelstone Hill.  A new project with Crowcombe and Stogumber First School has just begun called ‘Storyquest’ which is about getting the kids up into the hills, telling Quantock stories and talking about all the wildlife and what is special about the hills. So we are very proud to be part of that.

Our volunteers have also been keeping very busy.  Last week, we carried out a beach clean on Kilve and Lilstock.  We removed a massive amount of rubbish, almost over filling the trailer.  We also found some beautiful fossils on Kilve (pictured)

Surprisingly, we also came across a beached porpoise at Lilstock…it had been there quite a while, so I won’t include a picture!  This was most probably a Harbour Porpoise, the most widely distributed of all cetaceans (whales & dolphins).  They are sociable mammals with concentrations in our western waters occurring around July and October.  It is quite small and plump with a low triangular dorsal fin.  If you do get a rare sighting of one, do let us know; we would be very interested to hear about this.  But back to the beach clean…We cleared enough bags to fill the trailer and could have kept going.  After an unexpected drenching in the morning, the sun came out and mercifully, it was a beautiful day in the end.

So I just want to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work and dedicated passion to the Quantocks.  We work with such a fantastic team and get so much done.  Thanks to all the Quantock Conservation Volunteers and Estates Team!


Quantock Volunteers beach clean

Quantock Volunteers litter picking at Kilve


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