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News from 2011


Bluebell Wood by Ben SimmondsA number of members have contacted the Trust in the last few days expressing concern about the County Councils proposed sale of over 2,000 acres of nature reserves and woodland on the Quantocks.

Southern Marsh Orchid MMWe're amongst the south west wildlife charities that have set out a wish list of ten things the Government could do to give the region’s wildlife a festive boost and support its aspirations to be the "greenest Government ever".

Chalkhill-BlueWe have launched an urgent new year appeal to raise £20,000 and give a threatened butterfly a new beginning in 2012.

badgerThe Wildlife Trusts have expressed disappointment and regret in response to the Government’s decision to press ahead with a cull of badgers in pilot areas in England.

Pipistrelle 189Here is the follow-up to the survey in which more than 60 volunteers took part on the Blackdown Hills on the 29th of July 2011 to help protect some of the county’s most precious bats.

Swans at Westhay © Christopher HancockSomerset Wildlife Trust has joined forces with wildlife charities across the south west to  condemn Treasury plans to weaken wildlife legislation. 

In a strongly worded letter to regional newspapers, the Chief Officers of all the West Country's Wildlife Trusts, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB express their deep dismay at the plans revealed in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Red Deer 189As winter approaches, the shorter days are giving rise to an annual peak in deer vehicle collisions.  Rush hour traffic is coinciding with dawn and dusk which are the hours that deer tend to be most active.

christmas card Ben SimmondsSomerset Wildlife Trust is celebrating the countryside it has been working hard to protect for almost 50 years with its 2012 calendar of local landscapes. Read the main article and follow the link to our shop, for calendars, cards, wildlife adoptions and gift memberships.


Photograph © Ben Simmonds

Common Toad 250The Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts are asking bonfire night celebrators to look out for toads and frogs before they light their fires.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries 189A Gift to Somerset’s Wildlife. Somerset Wildlife Trust has launched a campaign to highlight how leaving a Gift in Your Will can help protect local wildlife and preserve wild places.