Introducing our new Partnership Ranger

A warm welcome to Owen who has just started as our new Ranger. He will be working in the Quantocks for the Quantock Hills AONB Service and the Forestry Commission. You may well see him out on the hills working on a conservation task, he's the very tall one with the brown and white dog called Moby.

Owen has a degree in Countryside Recreation Management, from Sheffied University, he then worked as a full time volunteer for the National Trust in Cambridge. Followed by a job with the National Trust working in the Cotswolds as a Ranger. He spent 2 Years in Dorset as a Warden for Urban Heaths Partnership and then finally to Somerset and working in a partnership role for the Quantock Hills AONB and the Mendip Hills AONB as a Volunteer Coordiantor.

In Owen's new role he will be leading up on recreation and site based visitor management. He'll be checking that places like Ramscombe are safe and easy to use, providing information to visitors and carrying out audits. Owen will be the main point of contact for events taking place on the hills, so if you are planning an event do get in touch. Owen will continue to work with volunteers on conservation tasks such as rhododendron removal and scrub control.

He will also be writing regular blogs about the work he is doing to help conserve and enhance the Quantocks, so you'll get to know more about the work that he does and how the Quantock Hills are cared for and protected. In the meantime if you see him out and about be sure to say hi, or you can contact him here at the office in Fyne Court. (Tel: 01823 451884)


Katy Coate - January 2013


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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