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FoQ Visit to Steart Marshes

FoQ Visit to Steart Marshes

Friends of Quantock hosted a guided walk to Steart in October. We had a superb and knowledgeable guide in Nigel Phillips. We were very lucky with the weather with a bright and breezy day, not at all like the forecast. As important habitats have been lost in the Severn Estuary by erosion, the WWT and the Environment Agency decided to create a new area of [...] Read more

Sydney Smith of Combe Florey

Sydney Smith of Combe Florey

One can drive through the quiet village of Combe Florey and not notice a delightful house which is set back from the road and hidden in a mature garden. In the early 19th century this was, for some years, the home of a man who was recognised in his time both as a great wit and a reformer. A man not afraid to speak up when he saw injustice. His name was [...] Read more

Welcome back to the Quantocks!

Welcome back to the Quantocks!

The Blue ball at Triscombe has reopened after a long closure. It is under new management and has been refurbished and offers a warm welcome, fine food and of course, the Quantocks. Nestled in Triscombe Combe, it is a great facility for walkers as well as offering a relaxed ambiance and great cuisine for those wanting a leisurely meal. It is very dog [...] Read more

Wildlife Walk

Wildlife Walk

On 4 May a group of members enjoyed a wildlife walk led by John Andrews. We started and finished at Holford. John’s knowledge of the plants, flowers and birds of the Quantocks enhanced the experience. The weather was favourable and we heard birdsong from some of our common birds but also the willow warbler, a species sadly in decline in the UK but hopefully [...] Read more

John William North, Victorian Artist (1842-1924)

John William North, Victorian Artist (1842-1924)

An Article by Louise Hurrell which was previously published in the 2016 FoQ Newsletter Critical observations on the watercolours and oil paintings of J W North have been few since his death in relative isolation and poverty in quiet West Somerset after The Great War. Buried in the new cemetery at Nettlecombe, North remains unattributed for a remarkable [...] Read more

By Jove!

By Jove!

Undoubtedly one of the most stunning views from the Quantocks is that from above Tilbury Park in West Bagborough. Driving down from the Lydeard Hill car park towards West Bagborough, there is a pair of fine stone gate piers on the left and just beyond is a field gate giving access into the steeply sloping field from where there is a magnificent view south [...] Read more

A Baseline Ecological Study of FoQ Land

A Baseline Ecological Study of FoQ Land

Louis Pearson, a professional ecologist living in Nether Stowey, first suggested the idea of carrying out an ecological baseline study of the Friends of Quantock (FoQ) landholdings last year. We are delighted that we are now able to publish his full Report. The study is will form a reference point against which any changes to the plant cover and habitat can [...] Read more

Friends of Quantock Events for 2019

Friends of Quantock Events for 2019

EVENTS 2019 - Programme summary Wed. 20 March - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Crowcombe Village Hall, Crowcombe. 7 p.m. Complimentary glass of wine and nibbles. 7.30 p.m. Annual General Meeting, followed by “The Wildlife of Halsway Hill & Over Stowey Custom Common” - a presentation by Louis Pearson, Ecologist. Sat. 4 May - Guided Wildlife Walk This will be a [...] Read more

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