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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.

Westhay Moor Wetlands NightWetlandLIFE project selects our Westhay Moor site and Natural England's Shapwick Heath Reserve for major wetland project.

WetlandLIFE, a nationwide, three year university-led project, funded by a number of UK research councils, has announced it will be working in the Somerset Levels to carry out a range of ecological and cultural research which aims to support the development of better wetland assessment tools for use by wetland site managers across the country.

Leisler's Bat

£30,000 to be raised to secure the future of one of our county’s ecological superheroes

To support its on the ground efforts to secure the future of the county’s bats, Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to launch Saving Somerset’s Bats – an urgent appeal to raise £30,000 to strengthen habitats in three key areas in the county which support important bat populations - in particular several rarer species that we stand to lose in Somerset entirely unless action is taken now. The Trust is asking wildlife lovers across the county and beyond to swoop into action and help ensure Somerset remains a thriving stronghold for UK Bats.

still lifeOpen invitation extended to all ‘tree babies’ and their families, local communities and general public to attend special Apple Day celebration 26th September 2017 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that it is hosting an Apple Day Celebration Event on October 28th (11-3pm) in Children’s Wood to help mark the 25th anniversary of Children’s Wood.  The Children’s Wood Project was launched during National Environment Week in 1992 and aimed to create areas of woodland by planting a tree for every baby born in the Taunton Deane area. Since 1992 around 3000 trees have been planted on the site which was declared a Local Nature Reserve in May 2003, and is now enjoyed throughout the seasons by local communities.