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Explore Somerset's Nature Reserves

 15th Jul 2010

Explore Somerset's Nature ReservesWe're trying to encourage you to explore your local nature reserves this summer, with the launch of our brand new website.

Find reserves quicker and easier

With the launch of the new website you can now locate nature reserves using Google mapping and access information about the valuable wildlife you could see and hear.

A treasure trove waiting to be opened

Somerset is a treasure trove of wildlife habitats, from wild woods on Mendip to cool wetlands on the Levels and Moors. 13,000 species of plants and animals can be found here and our reserves are home to rare and threatened species such as the large blue butterfly, bee orchid, greater horseshoe bat and otter.

New interactive content

Video clips and photographs will hopefully give you a taste of what’s to come and with more than 200 local events organised by volunteers each year there’s plenty for the family to enjoy this summer.

PR and Communications Manager Beth Jerrett said: "Our nature reserves provide safe homes for some of Somerset’s most valued wildlife but they are also great places for families to explore and enjoy our county’s unique landscape and wildlife.

“People can keep up-to-date with all the latest local wildlife news by signing up for our free e-bulletin including places to visit, wildlife to see and local events.”

Sign up for our email bulletin today

If you sign up for the Trust’s new email bulletin before July 30 you will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of The Wildlife Trust’s ‘152 Wild Things to Do’ book. Winners will be announced in the first e-bulletin.

Becoming a member and volunteering are great ways to support the Trust’s vital local work and you can find out more by browsing the website. Why not start by signing up for the e-bulletin!


Media enquiries/further information:

Contact PR and communications manager Beth Jerrett on 01823-652413 or e-mail:

Notes to editors:

Somerset Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading environmental voluntary body, with more than 20,900 members.

The charity owns and/or manages around 80 nature reserves all over the county. The website fully features the top ten nature reserves for visitors this summer, with more to be added. For information about other reserves download the Trust’s Nature Reserves Guide which includes what to see and how to get there.

Money raised is spent to restore, recreate and reconnect our damaged countryside by creating living landscapes for wildlife and people. We help wildlife adapt to climate change, encourage sustainable living, fight to save sites where wildlife is threatened by monitoring development and inspire people to create more green space bringing environmental, social and economic benefits.

The trust is one of 47 in the UK. Together, they make up the Wildlife Trusts Partnership.