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SON logoIt’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now to put nature back where it belongs - that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report , including the Wildlife trusts, which is being launched by Sir David Attenborough at the Royal Society in London today.

Large BlueThe once-extinct large blue butterfly, reintroduced to the UK in 1984, flew in its highest numbers for at least 80 years this summer, due to the combined efforts of the Large Blue Project, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and their project partners, belying widely-reported warnings that 2016 could be the worst year on record for British butterflies.

 wildlife trainees smallSomerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to welcome three new Wildlife Trainees to the team! 


Haliclystus stejnegeri Minette-LayneSomerset Wildlife Trust dispels the myths and reveals a coast worth far greater protection and launches its first ever Coastal Appeal 

Planting bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often are among five simple steps the British public are being urged to take to help our precious pollinators thrive—as, despite public concern about bee populations, more than half of those asked say they have not taken any pollinator-friendly actions in the last year.

Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to be one of a number of southern Wildlife Trusts joining forces with the Southern Co-operative to deliver a new joint campaign -  'My Wild Neighbourhood' -  which aims to help families get outdoors to explore nature in their neighbourhood and local natural spaces, and to raise awareness of why engaging with nature is good for children's health and wellbeing. The campaign is supported by proceeds from the carrier bag charge, distributed by The Southern Co-operative to local community causes.

This year's National Meadows Day is promising to be the biggest yet, with up to 100 events taking place across England, Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales in celebration of ancient wildflower meadows and their wildlife.  People in Somerset will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the wonder of a flower-rich meadow on their doorstep.

Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce the full line-up of events and activities for this year’s Taunton Wildlife Week – an annual celebration of the town’s green spaces and wild places, and the wildlife that lives there.  Launched on Saturday 18th June as part of ‘Somerfest’, and continuing through to Sunday 26th June, Taunton Wildlife Week is part of SWT’s ‘30 Days Wild’ initiative – one that aims to encourage people to insert nature into their everyday life  to make us happier and healthier.

BridgwaterStudents studying Countryside Management in Year 1 and 2 of their BTEC Diploma at Bridgwater College have completed practical work at Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve on the Avalon Marshes as part of an ongoing schedule of works to support Somerset Wildlife Trust’s work in that area.

The work of Somerset Wildlife Trust across the county and the public’s love of wildlife bridged the generation gap today as the organisation said thank you to two wonderful fundraisers.