Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Practical Conservation Groups 

The Practical Conservation Groups carry out essential habitat management tasks for the benefit of local wildlife. Tasks are usually dependent on the season, but most include coppicing, scrub clearance and fencing or walling in the winter and grassland management, some surveying and path maintenance during spring and summer.

You don’t need any experience to join in as training will be given, however you do need suitable clothing, to be reasonably physically fit and enjoy being outside in all weathers! Groups operate all over Somerset on SWT reserves, but some also support other organisations such as the RSPB and Natural England.

Below is a list of groups that are run by, or work closely with the Somerset Wildlife Trust. 

If you would like to take part, please contact the group directly 

Mendip Hills Conservation Volunteers                    PROGRAMME
Contact: Chris Billinghurst 01761 221579                   
Area: Mendip Hills, SWT reserves                                   
When: Every other Wednesday
East Mendip Conservation Volunteers                     PROGRAMME
Contact: Adel Avery 01749 840240, mobile 07870 271588 or email
Area: Shepton Mallet and area, SWT reserves              
When: 1st Sunday of the month
Magnificent Meadows Conservation Volunteers
PROGRAMME (April - September 16)
PROGRAMME (October 16 - March 17)
Contact: Pippa Rayner 01823 652472
Area: Mendip Hills, SWT reserves
When: First Thursday of the month
East Poldens Conservation Volunteers                   PROGRAMME
Contact: Mark Green, 01823 461870,         
Area:  SWT Reserves near Somerton and Langport.
When: Alternate Tuesdays and Sundays.
This group is in particular need of more volunteers at present.
Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers
Contact: Anne & Norman Lees 01278 641521             
Area: Somerset Levels and Moors                                  
When: Every other Sunday
Taunton Mid-Week Conservation Volunteers         PROGRAMME
Contact: Linda Everton 01823 662232
and Jean Ayling 01823 337462                       
Area: Taunton Deane and West Somerset                   
When: Alternate Thursdays
Neroche Conservation Volunteers                          PROGRAMME
Contact: Peter Maben 01823 433708, or visit our website for more details                    
Area: Northern Blackdown Hills                                                       
When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month carrying out conservation tasks in the Blackdown Hills.
Peat Moors Conservation Volunteers                           
Contact: Phillip Thorpe 01458 860677
Area: Somerset Levels, SWT reserves                           
When: Thursdays 
This group is full, but how about volunteering with our                                         East Poldens Conservation Volunteers (see above)?








Friends of Longrun Meadow
Contact: Dave Bullock, Chairperson:
When: Currently Thursdays, 10am at the Willow Cathedral
Area: Taunton, but all are welcome
Gardening For Wildlife Group                                  
Contact: Penny Richards 01984 624788
Area: Somerset
Shapwick Heath ­ Green Team (Natural England)       
Contact: Simon Clarke 01458 860120
Area: Somerset Levels                                                        
When: Thursdays and some Sunday’s in winter
Butterfly Conservation Large Blue Action Group
Rachel Jones 01929 406018 (
Area: East Poldens 
When:  Please contact for more information
Exmoor Conservation Volunteers                                   
Contact: Patrick Watts-Mabbott 01398 323665
Area: Exmoor                                                                        
When: Mondays plus other dates
Swain’s Lane Nature Reserve Volunteers                    
Contact: John Morton 01823 661996
Area: Wellington                                                                   
When: ad hoc group managing and supporting this nature reserve

Exmoor Natural History Society Work Group
Contact: Carol Giddens 01643 707624
Area: Exmoor