Recent News Articles

Renovation of a Quantock Pond

Renovation of a Quantock Pond

By Keith Edwards The pond on Woodlands Hill, in the parish of Holford and owned by the National Trust, is believed to be a mediaeval stock pond. In the last 30 years it has become increasingly dry in the summer to the point that frogs have only bred successfully about once every 5/6 years. I saw the announcement of the Greater Quantock Landscape Development [...] Read more

The FoQ Spring Newsletter

The FoQ Spring Newsletter

Members should have received their Spring Newsletter in the post, together with the updated FoQ Directory of Business Members. People say it's worth joining the Friends for the Newsletter alone. It's full of articles of Quantockian interest - wildlife, conservation projects, a poet and a painter as well as reports on our routine work. This is the contents: [...] Read more

The Elm Project

The Elm Project

Several years ago we started an interesting project to plant young elm trees grown from disease resistant stock. Twelve saplings have been planted in different locations round the hills and these are being carefully tended and monitored but it will be at least another twenty years before we know whether it is successful.

Woodlands Pool

Woodlands Pool

A group of enthusiasts aided by the National Trust are undertaking a scheme to renovate an old pond on Woodlands hill. This includes the creation of a hibernaculum for use by amphibians to over-winter. We have made a contribution, and the project is ongoing as the pond fills with rainwater over the winter.

The FoQ AGM

The FoQ AGM

Wednesday 23 March ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Crowcombe Village Hall, Crowcombe. 7.p.m. Complimentary glass of wine & nibbles 7.30 p.m. Annual General Meeting After the AGM there will be a talk by Somerset Archaeologist, Dr Robert Croft on “Landscapes of Power”, about the recent excavations and exciting discoveries associated with the work at Hinkley Point [...] Read more

The 2016 FoQ Events Calendar

The 2016 FoQ Events Calendar

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!

Quantock Birds of Prey

Quantock Birds of Prey

Chris Sperring brought this beautiful barn owlet and a tawny owl to our September talk In Nether Stowey. Very informative on the best sort of habitats for these beautiful birds. If you have any spare land, his advice to attract owls is to leave the grass long - through the winter too. It may look scruffy but it is good for owl food - mice and small mammals. [...] Read more

Crowcombe Park Gate Car Park

Crowcombe Park Gate Car Park

The present car park is a cause of concern because of its condition and also because it is an ugly scar. We are exploring the possibility of creating a new parking area close to Crowcombe Park with much improved parking and then reinstating the present car park to heathland. We are currently consulting widely about this but have so far received a lot of [...] Read more

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