Local farmers, Quantock Rangers and Police are working closely to highlight the problems some dogs can cause to livestock on the hills. This is a familiar message given to dog owners at this time of year when lambs are being born on the hills, but it is being robustly repeated due to several recent incidents involving sheep being injured and killed on the common.

Dog owners are being asked to keep all dogs under close control and to remember that from the 1st March until 31st July they are required by law to keep their dogs on a lead when being walked across Open Access land.  It’s not just the physical attacks that cause harm but simply allowing a dog to chase sheep may cause ewes to abort or become injured.

Andy Harris, Quantock Ranger said “I’m a dog owner myself and there’s nothing I enjoy more than walking over the hills with my two retrievers, but I have to remember that livestock and wildlife can easily be disturbed if the dogs, no matter how well trained, are not under very close control”.

Andy went on to say “I have had to deal with the aftermath of several dog attacks on sheep and in all cases I believe they could have been easily avoided - it’s never easy visiting a farmer to tell them that their livestock has been injured or killed”.

If your dog does kill or cause harm to livestock, you can be liable for a significant fine and for the value of the livestock harmed - your pet may also be dispatched, the cost of which will also have to be borne by you.  Moreover, if your dog is actually seen in action harassing livestock it could be shot on sight.

Rangers are keen to help dog owners understand the responsibilities they have when visiting the countryside and will be holding dog walking events for anyone with a dog or thinking of getting a four legged friend - for more details visit the Quantock AONB Service’s website

If you actually witness an attack in progress, call 999 otherwise any incidents witnessed should be reported to the Police on 0845 456 7000 or directly to the Quantock Hills Office on 01823 451884. 

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Katy Coate - March 2010


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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.

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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.

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Quantock Deer Count Results

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Quantock Hills and Planning

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

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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.

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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