Somerset wildlife threatened with extinction

Wildlife under threat of local extinction, including the white clawed crayfish, tiny fern-moss and high brown fritillary butterfly, is being given a fighting chance of survival thanks to the Somerset Biodiversity Partnership.

The Somerset Priority Species List has been produced by the Partnership to highlight those plants and animals most in danger of disappearing in Somerset. It will be used to protect wildlife as part of the planning process and guide conservation efforts across the county.

There are 840 species on the priority list including the brown hare, short haired bumble bee, hairy click beetle and long-eared owl. Pearl bordered fritillary butterflies are amongst the species already thought to have become extinct in Somerset in recent years.

More than 13,000 species have been recorded in the county by
Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC), part of Somerset Wildlife Trust. Based on this data, the Partnership has identified wildlife most at risk, and Action Plans have been developed to protect the main places these plants and animals can be found.

The Priority Species List is available from Alison Slade, the Somerset Biodiversity Partnership Officer, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or can be downloaded from and the Action Plans can be downloaded by searching Somerset Biodiversity Partnership at

Photo taken by Chris Sperring MBE

Katy Coate - December 2009


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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.

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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