Get Involved

There are lots of projects and opportunities to get involved, take a look and we hope you find something for you.

Butterfly Surveys

These images (green hairstreak and speckled wood butterflies) were taken last summer on Over Stowey Customs Common, Friends of the Quantock’s land that sits alongside the Crowcombe Park Gate to Over Stowey road. With the help of Fred Giles, an expert from the Shapwick nature reserve, Simon Davies has worked out a butterfly survey (transect) route and plan to start a regular UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme butterfly survey in April 2023. We are looking for more volunteers to join the survey team. You don’t have to be experienced, training is given and identification aids provided. Simon and Fred plan to do a series of escorted walks in February and March when they can describe in more detail what is required. If you wish to book a place, please contact Simon Davies either by phone, text on 07984 627267 or email [email protected].

Friends of the Quantocks Walk Leaders and Event Volunteers

We would love to have a regular programme of walks for members but would be looking for a few volunteers who might be able to assist with this. Likewise we could do with some help with running and supporting our events schedule. Full training would be available and it does not have to be a regular commitment. Express an interest.

Friends of the Quantocks Observers

Do you enjoy walking on the hills? We need observers to be able to walk specific areas of the FotQ land on the hills to keep an eye out for any issues which they can then report to be dealt with. Express an interest.

Friends of the Quantocks Planning Application Reviewer

As part of our commitment to protecting the Quantocks we try to ensure planning applications are reviewed with a view that if one would likely have a detrimental impact we would make an objection to this. Our reviewers do not need to make the objection, we have support to do this, just raise it as a concern. Express an interest.

Toads on Roads Patrol, Hawkridge Reservoir

Get involved with helping our local residents get safely to their breeding grounds. Last year volunteers helped 3500 toads, frogs and newts across the road at Hawkridge Reservoir. If you would like to get involved contact Scott Passmore [email protected] or 07813 718740.