International Volunteer Day


What have the Volunteers done this year for the Quantocks....

From the end of March 2017 to the end of March this year volunteers contributed an incredible 4,169 hours to the AONB. Volunteers are an integral part of the AONB team- much of the work of the AONB team could not be done without their support.

We have 85 volunteers working with our team who undertake a wide variety of tasks on behalf of the AONB. Here’s a snapshot of what they get up to:

Wildlife surveys

Our volunteers undertake wildlife surveys across the AONB throughout the year- this year was the first time we were able to take part in the UK Butterfly Monitoring Schemes survey both at Fyne Court and Cothelstone Hill- thanks to a dedicated new team of volunteers who set out every week to take part in the transects. Other wildlife surveys our volunteers have been involved in this year have included bat monitoring, dormice surveys and the annual deer count.

Practical conservation work


We are lucky enough to have a large team of volunteers who take part in practical conservation work across the AONB, helping us to protect and enhance its special qualities. Our volunteers take part in a range of tasks including hedge-laying, vegetation management, coppicing and even Swaling! Some of our practical conservation work is done in partnership with the National Trust - our Quantock Countryside Volunteers - allowing even more work to be achieved across the AONB and sharing resources.

Volunteer Rangers