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This week I will mostly be….

- An update from a very busy Ranger Rebekah

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 09 June 2014

This week I will mostly be…. It’s been a while since I’ve let you know what I’ve been up to, so I thought I’d share with you my plans for the week.

Every Monday morning, I sit down with the Quantock Hills AONB team and we each talk about the projects we are working on.  So this week, I thought I’d include you, so that you get a picture of the kind of work I’m involved in week to week. 

Shortly I have a meeting with Natural England’s Alex Goodman and Richard Penny to talk about off roading and Hunt activities.  After this, I have some fly tipping to clear up on Muchcare Lane,  which is near Lydeard Hill- sadly a favourite fly tipping spot in the Quantocks.

Tomorrow takes me to Yeovil where I will be undergoing a training programme to allow me carry out works on roadsides, called ‘Chapter 8 training’.  Not the most fun training day I have had, but essential for the work we do nonetheless!

Wednesday, I have some path repairs to do at Cothelstone Hill.  All the downpours we have had recently have resulted in the stony path getting washed away down our maintenance access track and out onto the road, so I intend to re-dig some of the trenches that have already been worked into the path.

I then have a Pied Flycatcher survey to carry out in the Northern Combes.  The Pied Flycatcher is a migratory, insectivorous bird found in oak woodlands.  This survey has been going since the 70’s and gives us information into how the species is coping with climatic changes, it is therefore very important that this information continues to be collected.

Thursday, I am out with Dave, one of our long standing estates team volunteers.  We will be carrying out further path improvements at Cothelstone Hill and patching up a hole that formed in a bridleway after a tree blew down in the wind.

Finally, on Friday, I will no doubt have plenty of admin that will need catching up on.  I also will be preparing for a couple of Cubs evenings that I am running next week.  Two nights next week, I will have a group of 20 Cubs and will be giving them a tracking and bush craft experience!  This will include fire lighting and basic cooking on a campfire.

Throughout the week, I will also be doing the regular Exmoor pony checks and patrols, litter picking and answering calls and queries! If you ever do want to get in touch, do email on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/quantock.hills or Twitter @quantockhills

Is it time for a cup of tea yet?


Rebekah, 9th June 2014


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