Thank you to everyone who continues to support the work that we do to protect Somerset's species! We hope that our members who were able to come to our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19th November found it enjoyable and informative.
Following our AGM, Mike Dilger talked us through the trials and tribulations of being a wildlife presenter – from what got him interested in nature when he was young to all the adventures he has had on the frontline of wildlife action. Stephen Moss, our President, joined him for part of the talk and opened up questions to the audience.
SWT's CEO Simon Nash, Mike Dilger and SWT's President Stephen Moss, Mike Dilger and Stephen Moss,
A Big Thank You To Our Volunteers!
We are very lucky to have such a wealth of committed and hard working volunteers who continue to support our work and help protect the County’s species. At our AGM we were delighted to take the opportunity to recognise our volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty over the years and award them with the ‘Volunteer Recognition of Service Award’. These people have dedicated so much time to our cause and have worked tirelessly to protect Somerset's wildlife. Here is a little snapshot of how…
Ian Loudon, nominated by our Director of Land Management, Tim Youngs and Reserves Manager David Northcote-Wright
Ian has been a reserve warden at Langford Heathfield for an incredible 10 years, and over this time he has been involved in many conservation management activities, from removing fly tipped rubbish, to checking livestock. He has also undertaken weekly butterfly transects, and extensive plant surveys at our reserves and regularly leads guided walks, writes articles for the local Parish magazine and represents the Trust at local events. This is not to mention all the office-based work he helps us do too.
SWT Director of Land Management Tim Youngs, Chair of Trustees Patricia Stainton and Ian Loudon
Gill Bromley, nominated by our Illminster and Chard area group leader Valerie Godsmark
Gill helped establish the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Ilminster/Chard group and has sat on the committee since it started, 31 years ago! She is passionate about protecting Somerset’s wildlife, and has been instrumental in surveys and the hard work leading to the purchase of two of our reserves - Jan Hobbs and Bishopswood Meadows– and has worked hard at plant sales to raise funds for us. Gill has had the responsibilities of group Chair for several years, and has often attended Volunteers events and our AGMs.
Left to right: Valerie Godsmark, Chair of Trustees Patricia Stainton and Gill Bromley
Anita Harris, nominated by Helen Lawy, SWT Trustee
Anita’s involvement in volunteering for the Trust began when we were based at Fyne Court; and she was involved in running the shop, including plant sales and teas. She joined the Taunton Area Group around 10 years ago and has organised their events for the last six years. Anita is an active member and has ready to help put whenever needed. As a keen wildlife gardener, she has opened her own garden in support of SWT and in recent years has been involved in bat surveys with the Routes to the River Tone project.
Anne Bodley , nominated by Norman Lees, SWT Trustee
Anne took over the Botany Group in 1999 and has organised and led their weekly surveys during the summer ever since. She has also been a voluntary warden of our Yarley Fields reserve, since we acquired it, and has sat on the Mendip Hills Committee in that capacity. She also attended the Peat Moors Conservation committee to report on Botany, volunteered on the Magnificent Meadows project and has been a long-term committee member of Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers (SCV), assisting with their fortnightly tasks since the 1990s.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can find out how you can get involved here: www.somersetwildlife.org/volunteering
If you are interested in being a Trustee, you can find out more here: www.somersetwildlife.org/vacancies