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The weather strikes again

- Counting deer in the fog is a tricky business

Andy Harris

Posted by Andy Harris on 13 March 2012

The weather strikes again Since 1991 we have been assisting the Quantock Deer Management and Conservation Group to co-ordinate the annual deer count which relies on volunteers giving up a Sunday lie in to be on the hills before day break.  Thank you once again to everyone who turned out.

Unfortunately the heavy rain at the beginning of March postponed the count for a week and then the weather struck again as early morning fog on Sunday meant half the survey area was down to 50m visibility in places, not great when you want to count deer. At this moment in time we’re still getting feedback on how the volunteers got on with the survey and discussing with QDMCG members on a way forward. It’s such as shame as the only year previous to this when we didn’t manage to undertake a count was 2001 during the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak. Keep you posted.

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    30 Mar 12

    For anyone not at ysedertays Parish Council meeting, one topic was the development, with lots of questions but not many answers.The Parish Council are hoping to have a meeting about the development with a representative from Reland and hopefully get answers to all the questions.

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    Louise Allen

    04 Apr 12

    I would be interested in becoming a volunteer ranger on the quantocks please could you let me know if there are any opportunities at the moment. Many thanks

  • Katy Coate
    Katy Coate

    10 Apr 12

    Hi Louise
    The best thing to do would be email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and your query will be passed onto Owen Jones who is the volunteer coordinator here.  I’ll let him know to keep an eye out for your query.  Best wishes - Georgie, Comms Officer, Quantock Hills AONB Service

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