Landscape Improvement Scheme at St Audries

This scheme aims to increase the resilience of existing priority habitats on the Quantock Hills. The long term aim will be to creating new heathland and oak woodlands which join the existing areas of habitat together.

The scheme is working both in partnership with private and public landowners and will run over the next 5 years and has been funded through a Sc106 / DCO agreement associated with Hinkley Point C new nuclear build.


The first project under this scheme was the reversion of 9Ha of land at St Audries from conifer to heathland in partnership with the Forestry Commission.  IThe project involved the removal of the conifers and then the clearance of the stumps and branches from the site.  As can be seen from the accompanying pictures this was not an easy job and involved huge machinery. This left the earth bare ready for heathland plants to colonise. Surprisingly to everyone within just four months there was a good cover of colonizer species such as birdsfoot trefoil and climbing corydalis with heather and gorse seedlings starting to show. It will be exciting to see how the habitat develops over the coming years; we will keep you posted about the next part of this project as plans develop. 


Katy Coate - April 2017

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Annual Reports

View Annual reports from the Quantock AONB Service

Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund

The Quantock Hills AONB Service now has a Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals. The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development.

Information leaflets

Find out more about the geology of the Quantock Hills AONB, why the heathland is so important for birds, the red deer on the Quantocks and why the history of the landscape is so special.

Other organisations and activities in the Quantocks

A few things you might find interesting from organisations we work with in the Quantocks

Photography Competition Entry Form

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Policys and Codes of Conduct

Everyone enjoys spending their time on the hills doing different activities. Below are some guidance and policy documents to ensure they are carried out safely and that wider regulations are followed.

Quantock Deer Count Results

Annual deer count results for 2010 to 2017

Quantock Hills and Planning

Downloadable documents for you to better understand the Quantock AONB and planning processes

Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Papers 2014 - 2017

Papers from the partnership committee the Joint Advisory Committee

Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019

This is the the Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019. It will guide work carried out to protect and enhance the Quantock Hills by the AONB team and all our partners. It has been agreed by the Secretary of State for the Environment and adopted by Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Quantock Hills Visitor Guide

Recreation Leaflets

a full range of leaflets from circular walks to event guides and leaflets to allow you to enjoy the best of the hills

Terms and Conditions for Quantock Hills Facebook page

Terms and Conditions for

Tick Leaflet

Ticks are becoming more common and a bite from this spider-like parasite could lead to Lyme Disease. This is a treatable infection caused by bacterium transmitted by ticks when they bite. Not every tick carries Lyme Disease and it is important to realise that the disease is relatively rare.


Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319