Heart of the Levels
(Langport, Somerton and surrounding parishes)
Where are we and what do we do?
We’re centred on Langport and Somerton but our supporters come from all surrounding parishes from Fivehead to Keinton Mandeville, Hambridge to Compton Dundon and a lot more besides. Our interest in nature is a lot wider than these geographical boundaries, our talks ranging across the natural world from bees to killer whales, buzzards to herbal remedies.
Check out our future events on the left side of this page. Meetings are held in the Parish Rooms in the Market Place, Somerton at 7:30 pm.
We also conduct local walks which are accompanied by guides who can help with identification and information on flora and fauna. We are open to all ages and interests and encourage families in particular to join us.
New Heart of the Levels Wildlife Blog
To keep you up-to-date with Heart of the Levels news and events, and what is going on out and about in the wildlife reserves managed by the Trust in this area, take a look at the new blog created by the Heart of the Levels Committee. The web address for the blog is as follows: http://heartofthelevels.wordpress.com/
We would be interested to hear from you if you have additional information or sightings that we could use.
Scenes from the Heart of the Levels
First orchid of the year spotted near Great Breach Wood by Heart of the Levels member Bill Murray on 26th April.
What else can we offer?
Within the Heart of the Levels area lie some of the county's most threatened habitats and precious species and Somerset Wildlife Trust manages its own nature reserves to give them the protection that they deserve. These reserves are right on our doorstep and are great places to enjoy and explore the wildlife and landscapes that we often take for granted. Click on the links below for more details of some of our close reserves:
Aller and Beer Woods (ST412 317) are just north of Langport. Noted not just for the exceptional diversity of wildlife but the views over King’s Sedgemoor are breathtaking.
Great Breach Wood (ST505 325) is north east of Somerton and the site has 170 county notable species, many nationally scarce invertebrate species and several Red Data Book beetles, moths and flies.
New Hill and Tanager (ST498 317) is one of a series of reserves, with Gilling Down immediately to the north, Great Breach Wood immediately to the east and Dundon Beacon half a mile to the west and comprises two blocks of former limestone downland and woodland on the western escarpment of the Polden Hills.
Green Down (ST518288) consists of lias limestone downland and scrub and holds one of the jewels in the crown with the largest population of Large Blue butterflies in the country.
Please come and join us.
Image of Lytes Cary courtesy of Roger Dickey. Image of bluebell woods by Bill Murray. Both of Somerset Wildlife Trust - Heart of the Levels Group.