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Brian-Phipps Catcott3We almost can’t believe it! Thanks to the incredible generosity of over 375 donors, we have reached our Big Give Christmas Challenge target of £10,500 in just 7 days!  This means that this amazing amount of money that has been donated will now be matched by other third party pledgers which, including Gift Aid, means we will have just shy of £24,000 to invest in our wetland reserves.

Snipe 002 cpt Amy LewisWetland bird habitat perfected thanks to John Spedan Lewis Charitable Trust’s funding

The John Spedan Lewis Charitable Trust contributed £2,000 towards a programme of work to improve the habitat of endangered wetland birds at our Burtle Moor Nature Reserve. Thanks to their funding new water control structures were able to be built, enabling the water levels to be at the right level for wetland birds to feed and breed.

Westhay MoorUntitled design (15)We were delighted to celebrate the opening of the North Hide at our Westhay Moor Reserve at the end of September, and invite along the people who had helped make it happen. Take a look at some pictures from teh day 

Buff-tailed bumblebee - jon HawkinsWe are trying to raise £5,000  for our Perry Mead Wildlfower Project so we can  deliver a variety of work on two of our  Somerset Wildlife Trust wildflower meadow reserves. Since the 1930s we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows and this has had a hugely detrimental effect on our  pollinators such as bees and butteflies who depend on these habitats for survival. Bees and butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate.

voteforusgif gif-241719-originalWe have got some BRILLIANT NEWS to share with you! Our Avalon Marshes Project has reached the finals in the National Lottery Awards 2017 in the Best Environment Project category.  We now need YOUR help and YOUR vote to help us win. The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.


The Avalon Marshes is competing against six other national projects for the title of Best Environment Project, so to be in with a chance of winning £5000 to help secure the future of the project and to feature on the BBC One television show we need your vote to help us win!  Please support us by casting a vote on our page at  www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support! 

PerdeepPerdeep has only been part of our Wildlife Traineeship for two months and has already found a job in the conservation sector - congratulations Perdeep!  Here is a little from Perdeep, on his time with us and where he is off to next.

Bittern 1 c Jamie HallTo keep track of the Bittern’s progress we do an annual count across Natural England’s, RSPB’s and our reserves, (Westhay Moor and Catcott), and together with theses organisations we survey the reserves by listening out for the male birds’ boom-like call.  

musing from a country gardenFind out more about what's behing Bernard Storer's book, Musings from a Country Garden

Twitter Profile Pics6We are excited to tell you that we have a series of new Twitter accounts that will share news from specific areas of our work. From the latest finds on our reserves to new volunteer opportunities, there are six new Twitter pages so that you can get information about the things that  interest  you most about what we do. Why not  follow one...or all of them. Read on to find out more.

Bittern3 cpt Tim Stenton (1)Having spent over 50 years involved in conservation, Somerset WIdlife Trust member Colin Phillips has visited our wetland reserves many times, and told us that he has always been amazed at the range of wildlife and beautiful landscapes that can be seen there. On a recent visit to one of our reserves Colin was so inspired by Somerset's wildlife that he decided to write a short poem...
                                                                                           

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