The Quantock Hills AONB Service works to conserve and enhance the Quantock Hills. Volunteers are an integral part of this work and without their valuable input and hard work, much of the work carried out by the AONB service could not be done. Volunteers help out in several key areas including practical habitat management, visitor interaction and disseminating information.
Our Volunteer Rangers can often be found patrolling the hills and are a point of contact for our many visitors. They are easily identifiable, wearing logoed clothing and offer a friendly face on site to answer any questions about the hills. They also work alongside the Quantock Rangers reporting back any damage, access issues, site misuse or animal welfare issues. This ensures that the hills remain open and accessible and any issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Quantock Countryside Volunteers (QCV)
This very enthusiastic team work in partnership with the AONB Service and the National Trust, undertaking practical tasks throughout the Quantock Hills. The focus in the summer months tends to be on the surveying, recording and mending of fences, gates and other countryside structures. Previous tasks include helping repair the Stapleplain stone wall, litter picking at Kilve beach and access work on Cothelstone Hill. In the winter tasks tend to be dominated by scrub removal, habitat management and swaling. They also get involved in surveying for dormice, nightjars, deer and other wildlife.
Nick Howell has been with us since October 2012 and has been involved in a wide range of tasks working with the AONB Service and the National Trust. Some of Nick's main activities include organising and leading QCV tasks, setting up butterfly and bat monitoring programmes and getting to grips with practical conservation techniques.
Our Estates Team are long standing volunteers that between them have clocked up over 25 years volunteering with the AONB Service! They work closely with the Rangers, offering local knowledge and helping out with the day to day practical work on the hills. This ranges from regular cutting of grass and overgrown vegetation, to assisting with events. We are hugely indebted to them for their continued commitment and enthusiasm; their hard work is essential in keeping footpaths and bridleways in a useable condition and encouraging responsible use of the hills.
Huge thanks go to all of our current and historical volunteers; without whom we wouldn't be able to keep the hills looking so good!
Nichola Penn - August 2013-->