Welcome Fern…

good name for conservation work! We thought it was about time we introduced our newest member of the team, with us on work placement from her university course, Fern will tell us a little bit about what she’s been up to. Providing this kind of opportunity is something the AONB Service try to accommodate when ever possible, supporting and encouraging students in their chosen field can be rewarding and inspiring for us and them.

Hi, my name is Fern.

I am a placement student from Plymouth University studying Conservation Biology. I will be doing voluntary work at the Quantocks AONB to gain some work experience for the next six months.
I have been with the AONB for three weeks so far, mainly shadowing the rangers, Andy and Owen, who actively work to monitor and maintain the landscape of the Quantocks. Shadowing the rangers has allowed me to learn more about the Quantock Hills, its heritage and biodiversity, and the AONB’s involvement in the management of the Quantock Hills.

Over the next few weeks I will also be helping other members of staff within the AONB, learn a bit more about their roles, aiming for a well-rounded experience from my time here. So far during my experience with the AONB I have had the opportunity to work with different groups of people, such as school groups, other regular volunteering groups. This has been great to see different groups engaging in activities and practical tasks on the Quantocks, involving; bug hunts, dry stone walling, nature trails and guided walks.

I have also had the opportunity to go on training courses, such as butterfly identification, emergency situation training and GIS mapping training. All of which are important in working with volunteers, the AONB and the public, but also to expand my own knowledge.  I have also been able to attend ringing sessions (where a small identification ring is placed on a birds’ leg) of Pied Flycatchers. This is so that the migration and breeding patterns of these birds can be tracked and recorded, allowing organisations to gain a wider understanding.


 I hope that over my next few months with the AONB I will be able to take on more opportunities, new experiences and skills that will contribute towards a broad experience. 


Katy Coate - July 2017

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Annual Reports

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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 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.


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