The Badger Cull

The Quantock Hills AONB is not a land-owning body and has no authority or control over private landowners; it will be the decision of each independent landowner as to whether they participate in the cull. As with any shooting on the hills the public safety of others is the responsibility of those directly involved.

This site and our social media platforms are not discussion forums on government policy and repeated single issue followers commenting on the badger cull or other emotive issues will be blocked. This is the AONB position on the badger cull:

The Government has given the green light for supplementary licences for badger culling, this means that those who already holding a license may continue shooting badgers for a further five years.  Further to this Natural England received applications or expressions of interest for Supplementary Badger Control Licences within the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire and adjoining parts of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  A public consultation ran from 19th July 2017 to 2nd August 2017 and a summary of the responses will be published on GOV.UK:

We appreciate that this is a complicated and emotive subject that can divide opinion. Here are links to the position of several nationally relevant organisations:

The National Trust:

The National Farmers Union:

The Wildlife Trusts:

The CLA (Country Landowners and Business Association):


 Updated 10th August 2017


Katy Coate - June 2013


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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

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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

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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