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News from 2012


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Somerset residents are being asked to help protect one of the county's most iconic species this winter, with the launch of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s barn owl appeal. The launch of the appeal marks the half-way point in the Trust’s ambitious project to get a barn owl nest box in every parish of the county.

Ben Simmonds Sedge warblerSomerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce on behalf of its partners that the Somerset Local Nature Partnership (SLNP) has been formally recognised by the Government and is now forging ahead with an ambitious work plan, providing strong, positive environmental leadership locally. 

Photo: Sedge warbler by Ben Simmonds

Southern Marsh Orchid MMOrchids, snipe and 26 acres of traditional orchard have thrived on a farm on the Somerset Levels and Moors thanks to 25 years of the landmark schemes that have been encouraging environmentally friendly farming practices.

Photo: Southern marsh orchid by Matthew Marshall

Western Power visitChildren at Cutcombe First School, in Wheddon Cross, enjoyed a visit from Beau the barn owl as part of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Community Barn Owl Project to get a nest box in every parish.

Chancellors Farm copyright Steve BondPlease help save Somerset's wildflower meadows by completing our online survey. Its part of a national programme of action to save the UK’s remaining wildflower meadows and grasslands through the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project. There are 21 questions and it should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for helping us to make a difference.

Photo: Ash die back diseased leaf cpt Steve Collin Norfolk Wildlife TrustAs Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson prepares to meet the Forestry Commission (this weekend) to consider what action to take to control Ash dieback disease Chalara fraxinea, Somerset Wildlife Trust urges members and supporters to report potential sightings of infected trees, in the hope that the ecological impacts of this devastating disease can be minimised.

Feb Badgers Brian PhippsSomerset Wildlife Trust urges the Government to listen to Parliament after MPs backed a motion calling on the Government to abandon its planned badger cull.

Wildlife Watch AwardsSomerset Wildlife Trust is launching a new nature award scheme for children. Children looking for a new way to explore wildlife and have fun this Autumn can now become true nature nuts ­ with Somerset Wildlife Trust’s new Wildlife Watch Awards.

badger2 DSThe Wildlife Trusts welcome the Environment Secretary’s announcement to delay the badger cull but are disappointed by his (economic) motives.

badger2 DSAhead of the House of Commons debate on Thursday 25 October, Somerset Wildlife Trust is urging the Government to heed expert opinion and public feeling and call a halt to the imminent pilot badger cull.