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Come and celebrate a successful year for Somerset Wildlife Trust at our AGM and Members' Day

Saturday 3rd November 2018, Cheese and Grain, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE

agmAGM, 11am -1pm, (Free, booking required)

During the morning’s free AGM CEO Simon Nash, Chair Patricia Stainton and Treasurer John Scotford will tell you all about the work we have completed in the last year across the county, and give you an insight of the year going forwards. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the CEO and Council. The AGM is free to all members of Somerset Wildlife Trust and we would love for you to join us for the Members’ Day event in the afternoon (details below). Both events are exclusive to our members and are a great opportunity to meet other wildlife supporters and the trustees, staff and volunteers of the Trust.


Click here to book your place at the AGM or phone 01823 652429.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 54th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the SOMERSET WILDLIFE TRUST will be held at The Cheese and Grain, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 11:00am.

The meeting will include the presentation and adoption of the Annual Report and Accounts, the election of Trustees and the appointment of Auditors.

Nominations for election to Council should reach the Chief Executive at the Trust’s Taunton office by midday on 31st July 2018 and must:

  • be signed by a member of the Trust entitled to vote at the AGM;
  • state the member’s intention to propose the appointment of a person as a Trustee;
  • contain the details that, if the person were to be appointed, the Charity would have to file at Companies House; and
  • be signed by the person who is proposed, showing his or her willingness to be appointed

Detailed information about the role and responsibilities of Trustees is available, on request, from the Chief Executive.

A full agenda, list of nominees and instructions for proxy and postal voting will be included in the Autumn/Winter 2018 issue of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Members’ Magazine; Somerset Wildlife, to be published by 4 October 2018.

A copy of the full Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 will be available from 25 September 2018 on this web page or on request from the Trust’s Taunton office


Simon Nash Chief Executive April 2018

Somerset Wildlife Trust, 34 Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5AW

Members’ Day Event, 1pm - 4pm, ( £10 per person, booking required)Somerset Levels - Feb 2014

This year our Members' Day Event will focus on how climate change will impact wildlife in Somerset.

Within the last 10 years several new and exciting species like Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, and Black-crowned Night Heron have arrived and bred in Somerset. The distribution of these species is progressively creeping northwards as our climate gradually changes. Climate change is widely considered to be one of the greatest long-term threats to nature globally, so in what other ways will climate change impact Somerset and its wildlife? What gains and losses may result and what can, or should, we be doing now to prepare for this?

We will be joined by a panel of conservation and climate change experts to debate everything from species distribution patterns and pioneer species, to the likely impact of climate change on key habitats like the Somerset Levels and coast.

The event will start at 1.00pm with a buffet lunch, the talk follows at 2pm and the day will conclude at 4pm with tea and cake. The price for the afternoon event and refreshments is £10.00 per person.

Click here to book your place at the Members’ Day Event or phone 01823 652429.

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Guest Speakers

Professor Vicky Pope

Vickys photoHead of Science and Technology Futures at the Met Office, anticipating new requirements for weather and climate services, developing partnerships and promoting innovation. Led the Met Office response on climate change, air quality, drought and access to data.

Senior advisory roles and boards include Met Office Government Services Board, judging panel for Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize, Climate Change Commission for Wales, Science Advisory Board for Science Museum Climate Change gallery, NERC National Capability National Public Good Assessment Panel. Previous roles include developing climate models and running the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme. Member of Devon Wildlife Trust’s Board since April 2018.




Dr Jeff Price

Dr. Jeff Price is a Senior Researcher in the Tyndall Climate Change Centre at the University of East Anglia.  He is the coordinator of the Wallace Initiative, an Australia/U.K. collaboration examining the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity (more than 130,000 species examined) and ecosystem services at warming levels of 1.5° - 6°C. Dr. Price has published extensively on the potential impacts of climate chjeffpriceange on biodiversity in journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Climate Change and Climatic Change. He was one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, contributing author on the Fifth and now been selected as a lead author on the Sixth. He also served on the Convention on Biological Diversity Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group on Climate Change and Biodiversity, and contributed to the U.K. Government’s Stern Review of the Economic Impacts of Climate Change (looking at health, agriculture and biodiversity) and the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change Impacts on the United States. His work on the IPCC reports means he shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC. 

Formerly the Managing Director for Climate Change Adaptation for World Wildlife Fund he not only advised the organization on impacts and risks of climate change to their operations and biodiversity conservation but provided training on climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, United States, and throughout Europe; to conservation planners but also company managers and development agencies. Dr. Price currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Norfolk Wildlife Trust. 

Professor Trevor Beebee

Trevor Beebee photoTrevor Beebee is emeritus professor of Evolution, Behaviour and Environment at the University of Sussex, and a trustee of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. He has worked on the ecology, conservation and genetics of British amphibian populations for more than 40 years, and has published several books and more than 200 scientific papers and articles on those subjects. In 2009, he was awarded Fellowship Honoris Causa by the British Naturalists’ Association.

Britain has the longest history of wildlife recording anywhere in the world, and we are in pole position for studying how climate has influenced our flora and fauna over at least decades and, in some cases, centuries. Many plants, insects, fungi, amphibians and birds no longer flower, fly, breed or migrate at times that were normal 50 years ago, longstanding native species have extended their ranges northwards, and new species are crossing the gap between mainland Europe and Britain faster than ever before. Warmer and wetter winters, combined with longer summers, have worked to the advantage of plants such as the rare Lady Orchid and a whole range of insects. However, other species adapted to cold habitats are losing ground.  Alpine plants and seabirds, particularly Kittiwakes, are suffering declines as our climate warms. Coping with habitat loss and the associated species declines has proved challenging enough in the past; now we must also consider ways to tackle the additional pressures that come with climate change.


Dr James Pearce- Higgins


Pearce-Higgins James BTO Staff Head Shots-109James has worked for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) since March 2010, where he is responsible for the strategic leadership of the science, and manages a department of 50 staff that covers both monitoring and research. He also leads the BTO’s climate change research, which is split into documenting impacts, projecting the future and informing adaptation. Prior to this, he worked for the RSPB in Scotland for 11 years, where he was responsible for a wide-range of upland research projects. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed scientific papers, a book on Birds and Climate Change and multiple other book chapters, reports and conference proceedings. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Reader at the University of East Anglia, committee member of IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group Fellow, Vice-chair of the Energy Task Force of the Convention on Migratory Species and member of board of trustees of A Rocha UK.


We look forward to welcoming members old and new to the 2018 AGM and Members' Event in November