About the Website

Introduction

Writing the text for this website I have become fascinated by the Quantocks, past, present and future. The more I’ve found out, the more interesting it gets and the more I’ve realised there is to discover, and to protect. This website only scratches the surface and I’m sure there are many omissions, but we all hope that the Quantoxyclopedia and Bill Buzzard’s antics will give its young users a taste for the adventure of finding out!

What is the Website about

The core of the website is the Quantoxyclopedia (or Q’Pedia for short!). It asks: ‘What makes the Quantock Hills AONB special and how can we keep them that way? It answers these big questions in three ways;

  • 1. RANGER'S NOTEBOOK.

    This section is an overview of the 6 Quantock landscape zones:
    • Heath
    • Wooded Combes
    • Coastal Zones
    • Farmland
    • Plantations
    • Western Edge
    Clicking on the map of each zone takes you to a page of the Ranger’s Notebook. Each page notes the characteristics of each zone and contains links to the relevant part of ‘Quantock Topics’ to find out more.
  • 2. QUANTOCK TOPICS

    These topics look at the Quantocks through 6 themes which relate to different curriculum areas but are integrally connected:
    • as a ‘Special Place’, which has been shaped by natural forces (rocks, soil, water and weather) and by the actions of people (Quantock towns, villages, hamlets and farms, building materials and building with different uses, boundaries, links and landuse). These pages can be accessed through map interfaces and picture-buttons as well as linking questions.
    • as a ‘Special Habitat’. Photos and short descriptions of the characteristic plants and animals of the Quantocks. The species are classified into groups that KS 2 pupils will be familiar with and can by accessed using a decision tree or an alphabetical list.
    • with a ‘Special Past’, looking at each main period and asking ‘What was it like in the Quantocks?’ in each main period from the Stone Age to today, ‘What is the evidence?’ and ‘Why did things change?’. The sections are accessed by a timeline.
    • ‘Special People’. simply-told stories of some of the historical and invented characters who have influenced, or been influenced by, the Quantock Hills.
    • ‘Special Jobs’ describes some of the crafts, tasks, skills and occupations, past and present, that create and maintain the character of the Quantocks.
    • ‘Keeping the Quantocks Special’ challenges children to thinks about balancing the needs of the people who live here, visitors and wildlife, to create a sustainable future for the Quantocks. It consists of short interactive presentations looking at ‘Issues’ and a linked activity.
  • 3. Q'PEDIA MIND MAP.

    hese shows how all the parts of the picture fit together. It is another way of accessing the Quantock Topics.

QEd Kids

This is the other main section of our website, and has a different style. It takes a more spontaneous, approach to the Quantocks, employing the services of several cartoon Quantock Creatures:

  • Bill Buzzard (who gets everywhere in this website even when not invited)
  • Barbara the Sheep
  • Deirdre Dormouse
  • Dora Deer
  • Adam Adder
  • Piper the Pied Flycatcher
  • William Woodant(and several hundred identical siblings)
  • Lady Amelia Ammonite (who no longer exists)
  • The Quantock Dragon (who may never have existed)
  • and the Quantock Ranger

FOLLOW BILL & CO.

his starts with a picture of the Quantocks. By rolling over the picture, children ‘find’ the Quantock Creatures. Each creature takes the child on a themed tour of the Quantoxyclopedia picking out 5-10 sections that appeal to them. The tours are circular so by repeatedly clicking on the creature leading the tour they will get back to the starting point.

The themes are whimsical and the aim to tempt the child with random titbits of knowledge. However if the page they land on takes their interest they can explore it further for themselves.

BILL'S CONVERSATIONS.

This continues the cartoon-strip theme. Bill ‘interviews’ each creature by turn. The conversation is in direct speech. The child controls the speed at which the speech bubbles appear. The content is both funny and informative.

MAGAZINE

This section gives news about what is going on in the Quantocks, particularly to do with schools or families, and can be updated.

OVER TO YOU

This is as it says, a place for children and schools to send in Quantock related material that they want to share.

GALLERY

During the course of the QEd project we have accumulated a great quantity of Quantock images, many of which have been used in this website. The gallery allows to search these images directly. They are organised into themes.

All the images have their copyright information embedded and this must not be removed.

All the images can be used for educational purposes within your school, but must not be published elsewhere without permission.