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Untitled design (14)Monday 10th, 2018 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is today launching a second round of its Somerset’s Brilliant Coast Appeal to ensure that the county’s first ever coastal survey, which was started in 2016, can be completed by Spring.  Funds raised through the first appeal were not enough, so it is now appealing to the public and its supporters to help once more as it endeavors to provide the powerful evidence needed to support better decision making for Somerset’s coast - a hugely undervalued asset in the county that is under increasing threat. 

Untitled design (12)1st August 2018- Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that it is able to start a vital piece of its coastal conservation programme following it securing funds from the Community Impact Mitigation Fund, negotiated with EDF Energy as part of a wider mitigation package for the site preparation works at Hinkley Point in West Somerset. The funds will enable the Trust to carry out a three year coastal project focusing on connecting people who live, visit and work on the coast with our stunning coastline – a place that has been little explored, valued or understood to date

Peacock Buttefly - Becky Woodgate17th July 2018 – Melhuish & Saunders Ltd is a family-run construction company, established in 1923 and based in Glastonbury. Their work is mainly based in Somerset, including Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, as well as Wiltshire, Dorset and East Devon. A large proportion of their work is public-sector funded, for schools, healthcare and even the Somerset Earth Science Centre at Moonshill Quarry, where Somerset Wildlife Trust recently held their Volunteer Day. They are committed to improving their environmental performance and are also interested in developing their community links and supporting environmental protection by working alongside Somerset Wildlife Trust.

 Branston Pic17 July 2018 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is very pleased to welcome Branston as a new Corporate Partner.  Still privately owned, Branston specialises in supplying potatoes to supermarkets such as Tesco and Waitrose. Beginning as a farmers’ cooperative in the 1960s, Branston has grown into a large and forward-thinking fresh produce company with three sites across the UK, including one right here in Somerset.

hide-view2212th July 2018 - To raise awareness of how Somerset is uniquely vulnerable to many aspects of climate change, through rising sea levels and storm events. The Somerset Federation of the WI and Somerset Wildlife Trust held a combined event during the Climate Coalition’s ‘Speak Up Week’ (30th June to 8th July 2018), which is designed to bring people together across the UK to express their concerns about the impacts of climate change, and highlight where communities could be at risk if people don’t work together and take action now. 

Spring in Aller Wood Peter Baker10th July, 2018 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to have been selected as one of the charities to benefit from the ‘Tesco’s Bags of Help’ initiative, which awards grants raised from the 5p carrier bag charge to fund local community projects. There are grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 up for grabs, and Somerset Wildlife Trust is asking Tesco shoppers in Langport and surrounding areas to use the store’s token voting scheme to help it secure the maximum amount of £4000 to support its ‘Woodland Wonder at Allen & Beer Wood’ project.

meadows pic6th July - Some of our best-loved wild flowers including wild strawberry, ragged robin and harebell are declining markedly as a result of the devastation of grasslands including our wildflower meadows - 97% of which have been eradicated since the 1930s, says Plantlife, Europe's largest charity dedicated to wildflowers and other flora.

20180628 11350328th June - Berrow and Brean Beaches were given a deep clean on Thursday [28 June] as volunteers from Southern Co-op were out in force with Somerset Wildlife Trust. The Somerset beach was the second of five to be overhauled as Southern Co-op have planned a series of beach cleans across the south as part of Co-operatives Fortnight.

everys-logo29th May, 2018 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to welcome full service law firm, Everys Solicitors, to its Corporate Membership programme.  Everys, who provide high quality legal advice to families and businesses across the South West, have also confirmed they will be providing a 20% professional fee discount to Somerset Wildlife Trust members who wish to prepare a Will.  In addition they will donate 10% of the professional fees associated with buying or selling a residential property to the Trust, when a member uses services provided by the Taunton office.

PORTRAITS WINNER Melvin Redeker22nd May, 2018 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards -  launched nine years ago to recognise the talents of photographers working in the UK, and to capture amazing images of Britain’s diverse wildlife - will be helping raise funds for the Trust’s work when it returns to the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury as part of its national tour. An exhibition of the winning images will be displayed from 17th July until 25th August as a part of a tour starting in London. Winners include Somerset’s own photographer, Victoria Hillman. The exhibition showcases the wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history, with the hope of inspiring people to protect and appreciate the wildlife in their local area.  

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