Volunteering on the Quantocks

The Quantock Hills AONB Service works to conserve and enhance the Quantock Hills. Volunteers are an integral part of this work and without their valuable input and hard work, much of the work carried out by the AONB service could not be done. Volunteers help out in several key areas including practical habitat management, visitor interaction and disseminating information.

How do volunteers get involved?

Volunteer Rangers
Our Volunteer Rangers can often be found patrolling the hills and are a point of contact for our many visitors. They are easily identifiable, wearing logoed clothing and offer a friendly face on site to answer any questions about the hills. They also work alongside the Quantock Rangers reporting back any damage, access issues, site misuse or animal welfare issues. This ensures that the hills remain open and accessible and any issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Quantock Countryside Volunteers (QCV)
This very enthusiastic team work in partnership with the AONB Service and the National Trust, undertaking practical tasks throughout the Quantock Hills. The focus in the summer months tends to be on the surveying, recording and mending of fences, gates and other countryside structures. Previous tasks include helping repair the Stapleplain stone wall, litter picking at Kilve beach and access work on Cothelstone Hill. In the winter tasks tend to be dominated by scrub removal, habitat management and swaling. They also get involved in surveying for dormice, nightjars, deer and other wildlife.

Estates Team

Our Estates Team are long standing volunteers that between them have clocked up over 25 years volunteering with the AONB Service! They work closely with the Rangers, offering local knowledge and helping out with the day to day practical work on the hills. This ranges from regular cutting of grass and overgrown vegetation, to assisting with events. We are hugely indebted to them for their continued commitment and enthusiasm; their hard work is essential in keeping footpaths and bridleways in a useable condition and encouraging responsible use of the hills.

If you would like to register your interest and find out more about volunteering on the Quantock Hills please email Sammy Fraser at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Huge thanks go to all of our current and historical volunteers; without whom we wouldn't be able to keep the hills looking so good!

 

Nichola Penn - August 2013

Stay in the loop

60th Anniversary for the Quantocks

Programme of events for the Quantock Experience week at Halsway Manor, to celebrate 60 years of designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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

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 - 2016

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 http://www.facebook.com/Quantock.hills

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.

Information

Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400
www.somersetwildlife.org

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814
www.nationaltrust.org

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319