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Mendip Hills Living Landscape

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Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Mendip Hills Living Landscape is working to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife habitats across this beautiful working landscape. We need to do this because the habitat our wildlife depends on has become fragmented leaving stranded pockets of wildlife vulnerable to changing conditions such as intensification of land management and climate change. 

If we don’t link up these islands of habitat and create highways our wildlife can move around we risk losing some of our most valuable species. We are working to create a landscape where wildlife flourishes, alongside thriving rural communities that enjoy a healthy natural environment.

Our nature reserves and other protected areas (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) are just not enough to protect our wildlife which is why we are working across the wider Mendip landscape.

Save our Magnificent Meadows

Save our Magnificent Meadows is the UK's largest partnership project which aims to transform the fortunes of the country's vanishing wildflower meadows, grasslands and wildlife. Led by Plantlife, the partnership is formed of 11 organisations, including Somerset Wildlife Trust, and is funded primarily by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Visit our Save our Magnificent Meadows pages to find out what's happening in Somerset.

Creating a Living Landscape

Our goal for Mendip is:

  • to protect existing good quality habitat
  • to restore or recreate other areas of land to a better quality for wildlife
  • to reconnect isolated areas of valuable wildflower meadows, limestone grasslands, heaths and woodlands across Mendip

We will achieve this by:

  • identifying the best areas of species-rich grasslands, heaths and woodlands
  • identifying land that can be restored to wildflower-rich meadows
  • providing advice to landowners on land management that benefits wildlife
  • providing practical help to restore wildflower grasslands
  • helping to fund conservation / restoration work where possible
  • surveying key species such as dormice and bats

Working Collaboratively

Somerset Wildlife Trust cannot work in isolation to achieve our vision for the Mendip Hills. We are working with a range of other organisations without whose valuable help the project could not succeed.

These organisations are involved in the Mendip Hills Living Landscape Working Group and Project Forum:

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, National Trust, Natural England, Forestry Commission, Avon Wildlife Trust and Somerset County Council

This project is one of a series of Living Landscape projects across south-west England which aim to restore and link together areas of valuable habitat throughout the countryside.

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