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News from 2014

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news otterOn Tuesday 9 December, hundreds of people from across the country are joining the Rally for Nature. This event will see them march to Parliament and challenge MPs from the major parties to make firm commitments for wildlife and the environment in their 2015 election manifestos. The rally is free but see the main article to register.

RN 180SOMERSET levels recently saw the Royal Navy return for the first time since the flooding relief effort this winter. On this occasion though members of 815 Squadron’s 234 Lynx Flight, based at RNAS Yeovilton spent a week in October working at Catcott Nature Reserves, building a raised boardwalk through an area of wet woodland, helping ensure access for the public at any time of year

Simon King and Jake Chant 190TV presenter and cameraman Simon King, OBE, encouraged people in Somerset to stand up for the natural world at a special 50th Anniversary event held by Somerset Wildlife Trust at Queen’s College, Taunton, on Saturday (Nov 22.)

great_white_egret_cpt_Damian_Waters_Drumimages co smlThe Somerset Atlas of Breeding & Wintering Birds with a foreword by Simon King, introduction by Stephen Moss and illustrations by Mike Langman is being published this month.

 

Photograph of Great White Egret © Damian Waters

Large BlueThe Wildlife Trusts and RSPB are calling on all the main political parties to value nature and secure its recovery by committing to a new Nature and Wellbeing Act.

GGA photoAward winning Taunton business, Gary Gabriel Associates (GGA), is the first to announce its public support for a new urban wildlife project from Somerset Wildlife Trust with a generous donation of £500 and an ongoing commitment to further support the project by encouraging other Taunton businesses to get involved.

Catcott Open Day An assessment of the effects of the 2013-14 flooding on the wildlife and habitats of the Somerset Levels and Moors, has been published by Natural England.

longrun diane jonesHave you ever wondered how you could make your local green space better for wildlife?  Or thought you might like to give it a go, but did not know where to start? Well, now’s your chance to find out!

Reed BuntingSomerset Wildlife Trust is looking for 12 stunning images to feature in its 'Wild Somerset' calendar for 2016.

 Shrill Carder Bee 180A new site for the Shrill Carder bee, so called because of its high pitched buzz, was discovered this summer by the Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) in East Lydford. It has also been found recently in the local vicinity. This is fantastic news as the species is experiencing a considerable decline, both locally and nationally.

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