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 DagCwg0WkAEDJ4rA new training programme ‘Wild Paths’ has been awarded £501,100 of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), under its Skills for the Future programme, allowing five Wildlife Trusts in the South West to train 30 aspiring conservationists over the next three years.

hills to levels picThe “Hills to Levels” team is celebrating after winning the “Duncan Huggett Award for the Environment” at the Flood & Coast Project Excellence Awards. The Awards ceremony was hosted at the Environment Agency’s annual Flood & Coast Conference held in Telford on 2st March.

Untitled design (8)Organisations focussed on health, wellbeing and outdoor activities join forces for the month of May to help the whole of Somerset embrace a more active, nature-based lifestyle.    

26th March 2018 – Today sees the launch of Naturally Healthy Month 2018 – a month long campaign which brings together some of the county’s leading health, wellbeing and outdoor activity organizations to offer people across the county with a variety of opportunities to get active, and enjoy the  benefits of spending time outdoors and in nature. The programme will provide additional help for those individuals and groups who find it more difficult to get out and about and enjoy the health benefits of nature.

dundon beaconNature Reserves Fund Appeal launches to ensure populations of ‘unsung wildlife superheroes’ that keep the county’s ecosystems healthy are secure for the future

5th March 2018 – Today marks the launch of the 2018 Somerset Nature Reserves Fund Appeal. The annual fund was launched in 2016 to ensure the charity had the vital ongoing funds to maintain the basic underlying health of all Somerset Wildlife Trust’s nature’s reserves across the county.  The Fund has since inspired many who care about the county’s precious landscapes to make donations, which have made a real difference to the Trust’s ability to keep these special places secure for the next generation.

Water VoleSomerset Wildlife Trust concerned for River Tone ‘Ratty’

28th February 2018 – This week saw the launch of a worrying report from The Wildlife Trusts which reveals that numbers of water vole - the creature portrayed as Ratty in the children’s classic, ‘The Wind in The Willows’- have declined by 30% across England and Wales during the survey period 2006 – 2015*.

MWL Logo RGB 72dpiMendip Wildlife Links will use nature to bring communities together and protect local wildlife

21st February - Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to launch a new phase of its work in East Mendip.  Building on the success of the work carried out over the last few years, Mendip Wildlife Links aims to connect communities, farmers and other landowners in the area to the wonderful habitats and wildlife found there, and inspire them to work together to secure a long term future for the county’s species.  The project will include an extensive event programme, offering all age groups the opportunity to participate in nature based activities whether practical volunteering, a health and wellbeing activity or a creative skills workshop.

Untitled design (21)Somerset Wildlife Trust launches new digital community project that harnesses ‘human spirit’ and ‘sense of place’ to drive a broader change in the way we view and protect one of Somerset’s most remarkable landscapes

12th February 2018 – Today marks the launch of ‘Humans of the Levels’- a new and exciting digital community project from Somerset Wildlife Trust, which aims to put the spotlight on the unique people and special communities that can be found across the Somerset Levels and Moors landscape, and, through a combination of creative photography and personal storytelling, explores and celebrates the deep relationship that exists between those that that live, work and visit this special place, and the land itself and the wildlife living alongside.

Launch by Kaye ParmenterACEarts is working in partnership with the Somerset Wildlife Trust on an Open Wildlife Art Exhibition, and is seeking submissions from artists and creators.

15th Jan 2018 - The submissions open in January and will be judged in May by a panel which includes Wildlife Broadcaster and Patron of Somerset Wildlife Trust Simon King OBE; Stewart Geddes, President of the Royal West of England Academy; Katie Arber, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Somerset Wildlife Trust; Nina Gronw-Lewis, Curator of ACEarts; and Frank Martin, Trustee of ACEarts. The exhibition will take place at ACEarts between 6th October and 3rd November 2018.

housing snip 0Somerset Wildlife Trust to use newly launched Wildlife Trust guidelines to help secure the provision of nature-friendly, inspirational homes and developments in Taunton, and put wildlife back into our towns’ natural places and green spaces 

Wildlife Trusts’ report highlights six key challenges to be addressed before the UK leaves the EU to ensure our living seas are given the protection they need

ringed ploversnippedA recent report by the Wildlife Trusts, The Way Back to Living Seas, sets out a vision for our marine environment post Brexit. Somerset Wildlife Trust’s programme of work on the county’s 47 mile long coast, involving and inspiring people to learn about and protect this precious habitat alongside vital survey work is key to protecting our coastal future.

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