We run a busy calendar of events through the year, socialising and raising money to protect the Hills. We welcome non-members and members alike.
A small but intrepid group of members braved Storm Brian to embark on a Fungi Foray at Durborough Farm. Led by Pete Baker, we discovered an amazing variety of colourful and spectacular species. Duborough Farm is recognised by English Nature as one of the most important habitats in the UK and indeed in Europe for rare fungi thanks to the environmentally friendly methods of farming practised for many decades by Janet White and her family.
Tuesday 9 May
Meet 9.30am at Cothelstone Hill Car Park. Approximately 1.5 hours.*
Saturday 10 June
Meet 10.00am Crowcombe Gate Car Park. Approximately 1.5 hours.*
Sorry no dogs. By kind persmission of Anthony Trollope-Bellew
Friday 8th September
A talk with Dr Julie Richardson
7.30pm Crowcombe Village Hall
If you are concerned about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on our landscape, come and learn the true facts.
Entrance £5 including a glass of wine and nibbles.
No need to book in advance.
Saturday 21 October
Meet at the Farm at 2.30pm. Whether you want to know more about identifying fungi or would simply like to enjoy a walk through this environmentally-friendly farm set in a stunning landscape. The walk will be followed by tea and cake in the farmhouse kitchen.*
*N.B. Numbers are limited for all these walks so please register your interest with Barbara Shaw on email@example.com or 01823 432812. All the walks are free.
The Friends of Quantock AGM will take place at
St Mary's Church Centre, Nether Stowey
on Wednesday 22nd March
7.00pm Complimentary glass of wine and nibbles
7.30pm Annual General Meeting which we hope to conclude quickly and which will be followed by a talk by Professor Peter Hagett
'A Quantock Light: Changing Representations of Quantock Country in Art'
Entry is free and open to all.
Local Naturalist, Author, Chairman of the Somerset Wildlife Trust's Marine Awareness Campaign Nigel Phillips will be giving a talk about the Quantock Coast for Friends of Quantock. This event is open to everyone, members and non-members are all welcome.
A group of Friends of Quantock Members enjoyed a walk through the hay meadows at Durborough Farm on 11 June. The setting of the farm is particularly lovely and the wild orchids, both common spotted and marsh, were truly stunning set amongst lots of other now sadly rare wild flowers and grasses.
Thanks to Janet White and her daughter and son-in-law for guiding and entertaining us.
Hay Meadow Walk at Durborough Farm, Aisholt
Saturday 11 June, 3 to 5 p.m. to include tea & cake.
This free FoQ event is already fully booked. If you want advance notice of Friends of Quantock Events they are first announced in our members newsletter.
Special tour for FoQ members of this historic listed manor house followed by a homemade tea. This event is now fully booked. Apologies to those people who responded to the advertisement in Your Somerset which didn't make it clear that it is a members event.
Saturday 21 May at 2 p.m.
Wednesday 23 March ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Crowcombe Village Hall, Crowcombe.
There are some exciting events planned for 2016. Some fun, some interesting, some both. Members will get the FoQ Events newsletter in the post in February and details will be posted here after our members have had the chance to book.
There will be Wildlife, Architecture, History, Culture, Archaeology, Agriculture and Ecology. Check here in March!
To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the landscape and natural environment of the Quantock Hills