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.

They undertake a wide range of work including practical conservation tasks, wildlife and heritage monitoring, site patrols, community outreach work and much more. Our volunteers are of all ages and backgrounds so if you have time to spare and what to make a difference then get in touch!

The following volunteering opportunities are available with the Quantock Hills AONB

Assisting with wildlife surveys including bats and butterflies

Monitoring Heritage Monuments- we are looking for new people to join a team of volunteers who undertake surveys to monitor the condition of heritage monuments within the AONB. Full training is provided.

Community outreach and public engagement volunteer- to assist with various public events and the Somerset’s Nature and Wellbeing Project outlined below.

Go to our blog page to see what volunteers have been up to lately http://www.quantockhills.com/blog/

Volunteering is also available in the Mendip and Blackdown Hills AONBs - Our neighbouring AONBs also have opportunities available including regular practical tasks, helping monitor key visitor sites, wildlife surveys, work with schools and more.

Somerset’s Nature and Wellbeing Project

This project targets communities who are currently not accessing the Hills, but for whom access to the natural environment may be of great benefit to them. The reasons for the current lack of engagement for these groups may be mediated by social-economic status, ethnicity, age, disability and mental health. For the Quantock Hills the target areas are Bridgwater, Taunton and Williton. The project provides supported visits, volunteering opportunities, monitoring and evaluation.  Funded by Somerset Public Health, the project focuses on targeting communities that lie geographically close to the 3 AONBs, specifically: 

Blackdown Hills: Taunton, Chard, Wellington 

Mendip Hills: Wells, Cheddar and Burnham-on-Sea 

Quantock Hills: Taunton, Bridgwater and Williton

Inspiration from Danielle - How volunteering with the Somerset AONBs' nature and wellbeing project helped set her off on her own personal journey 

http://www.quantockhills.com/blog/view/inspiration_from_danielle/

 

Interested in volunteering? 

Then contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sammy Fraser: 

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07977 402399

 

 

 

Katy Coate - July 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

Please down load and return with your fabulous entries

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 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