What the AONB Service did last year

Last year's highlights and our Annual Report

Hightlights from last year include:


• 2450 volunteer hours completed
• 550 volunteer hours spent at local events or visitor management
• 50ha of control on invasive species to prevent or control Phytophthora diseases in the AONB
• Plant disease awareness workshops
• 25ha swaled, for heathland management
• 49 Scheduled Monuments monitored each 6 month period in new AONB-wide survey
• Annual wildlife surveys completed for adder, bat, butterfly, dormouse and deer
• Supported regional Pied Flycatcher monitoring programme, surveying 150 boxes in AONB
• Stogumber First School Storywalk Project, Ranger participation on 8 walks
• Pilot research project to better understand landscape importance of hedgerows and linear features.
• 31 days Ranger patrol, to ensure on the ground presence, engage visitors and provide information
• Access Agreement put in place with main user groups to limit vehicle damage to hilltop tracks
• 49kms of promoted routes audited and required works actioned
• On the ground support provided to Quantock Deer Management and Conservation Group for Annual Deer Count
• 13 public events held with 205 people attending
• Stands at 4 local shows, at least 1 in each district
• Workshop held to raise understanding of Atlantic Oak Woods for lower plant species
• 21 detailed planning comments submitted
• £100k Landscape Development Fund launched, a grant for landowners and farmers to increase the quality of landscape features

 

To download our Annual Report 2014-2015 click here

Katy Coate - June 2015

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Programme of events for the Quantock Experience week at Halsway Manor, to celebrate 60 years of designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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

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 - 2016

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 http://www.facebook.com/Quantock.hills

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.

Information

Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400
www.somersetwildlife.org

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814
www.nationaltrust.org

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319