Help ensure that a warm welcome awaits for Somerset's resident and migratory wildlife
Somerset's wildlife and wild places are among the biggest reasons tourists flock to our beautiful county. But many people don't realise that Somerset's appeal isn't limited to people - the huge diversity of species in our living landscapes are boosted by wildlife visitors from other parts of the UK, Europe and further afield.
Our nature reserves on the Levels and Moors are a perfect illustration of wildlife tourism, thanks to their fascinating but often fragile bird populations. As well as being home to 'staycationer' species who enjoy life on our nature reserves all year round, places like Westhay and Catcott are international destinations for 'jetsetters' who stop over en route, on long haul flights, or 'honeymooning couples', like the barn owl couple in our live web cam nest box, who stay for a breeding season.
But, just as Somerset struggles to rebuild its tourist industry after last winter's devastating floods, wildlife needs your help to ensure that, whether species make their home here, or are just visiting.
Our golden anniversary this year is more than just a landmark birthday - it's a golden opportunity for you to help us ensure that Somerset is open for business, for people and wildlife, by making a donation to our Rediscover Somerset appeal.
Any donation, large or small, can make a real difference to our resident and visiting wildlife.
We will be immensely grateful for whatever you are able to give.
A donation receipt will be sent to you by email once your donation has been processed.
Prefer to donate using your mobile?
Text HOLS33 and the amount you would like to give (e.g. £20) to 70070.
Thank you for your support.