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Olivia-Dullaghan-2Thanks to some generous funding from Martin Stanley, one of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Trustees, we are delighted to welcome Olivia Dullaghan to the team as our very first Visitor Experience Officer. Olivia will be out and about this Spring and Summer across our flagship nature reserves in the Avalon Marshes and Cheddar area, inspiring people about the fantastic wildlife that there is to see on our Nature Reserves, and helping visitors with any questions they might have.

30DAYSWILD MAIN blackPeople who do something ‘wild’ every day for a month change their attitude to nature and report improvements in their physical and mental wellbeing, according to new research, which places nature connection at the heart of a happy and healthy life.

Large-Skipper-eye-view-of-member-eventBursting with colour, seductive scents, the buzz of insects and alive with animals - a wildflower meadow is a jewel in nature’s crown that puts on a spectacular show in summer. So it’s frightening to think that something so precious and vital is in real danger. Since the 1930’s we have lost 97% (nearly 7.5 million acres) of meadows and grasslands and the wildflowers and wildlife associated with them. Every year more and more meadows are lost through neglect, change of land use or development and with them our native wildflowers such as oxeye daisies, snakes head fritillary and bee orchids, to name but a few.

Some of Somerset’s most spectacular coastline is open to the public for the first time today following the official unveiling of 58 miles of new and improved coast path.

During 2Local companies lend a hand to create the perfect piece of wildlife space and local charity and school benefit as a result.

BFH Textured LargeSomerset Wildlife Trust has been selected as one of three Taunton-based community projects to receive a share of £30,000 as part of supermarket Tesco's Bags of Help initiative (www.tesco/bagsofhelp), which awards grants raised from the 5p carrier bag charge, which are then administered by environmental improvement charity, Groundwork.

Reserves Fund - SmallToday marks the launch of a new initiative created by Somerset Wildlife Trust which aims to deliver the necessary funds to safeguard the future of the county’s most precious wild places, and secure critical investment for the longer term protection of vulnerable iconic species and their fragile habitats in the face of the increasing impact of climate change. 

hills to levels logoThe Hills to Levels Partnership, with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, launches their community engagement programme in March. Through a programme of free events, local people are invited to share their views on what makes the Somerset Levels special.

Liquorice Piercer Moth credit Oliver WadsworthButterfly Conservation (BC) is calling on wildlife enthusiasts around Somerset’s Polden Hills to help stop the decline of a beautiful moth by planting Wild Liquorice seeds on a nature reserve.