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  June 2014




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Beth Jerrett - Communications & PR Manager, Somerset Wildlife Trust

Summer meadows

As summer unfolds we are turning our attention to the second campaign of our 50th Anniversary year celebrating Somerset’s beautiful meadows. It is thanks to your support that we are able to safeguard some of the county’s finest meadows and grasslands in our nature reserves and also through work with landowners and communities. We hope you will be able to enjoy some of these special places with us this summer but if you can’t make it, you can still enjoy some wildlife watching on our barn owl webcam which is enthralling people around the world!

Best wishes - Beth

Love Somerset, Love meadows

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Love meadows appeal

Traditional wild flower meadows and grasslands with their buzzing of insects and glorious skylark song are, for many of us, the quintessence of the English countryside; an essence that is also distilled in our long and equally rich heritage of poetry, plays, art and music. By donating to our ‘Love Meadows’ appeal you will be helping us to preserve Somerset’s grassland heritage, and support our work to restore and reconnect flower-rich meadows and grasslands. If you have already made a donation, thank you. Your gift really will help us to make a difference.

Visit somersetwildlife.org/lovemeadows or text SEED30 and the amount you would like to give to 70070.


Visit a meadow or grassland

  • For family activities join the East Mendip Watch Club at Edford Meadows on Sat 14th June or West Mendip Watch Club at Ubley Warren Nature Reserve on Sun 6th July.

  • You can also join us for a ‘Wildwalk on West Mendip’ on Sun 13th July, taking in two superb grassland nature reserves, Ubley Warren and Velvet Bottom, near Cheddar.

  • Join one of two guided walks at our remarkable Green Down reserve, near Somerton, on Sunday 22nd June. Green Down is home to one of the biggest populations in the world of the rare Large Blue, following a successful re-introduction of the butterfly to the reserve in 1992.

  • Help count the beautiful orchids that make Langford Heathfield so special, on  June 22 and enjoy the summer butterflies (near Wellington.)

  • You can also download information sheets on three of our favourite meadows and grasslands for your own visit.

For all event and nature reserve information click ‘Love Meadows.’

Barn owl webcam

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Owlet ringing

Barn owls survive and thrive in areas of rough grassland and meadow that can sustain good numbers of field voles and other small mammals for them to feed on. The six owlets in our webcam nest box are growing fast thanks to the plentiful food being brought back by parents Boris and Brenda, and last week we went to ring the chicks before they start to fledge in about 2 weeks time. Please help improve barn owl habitats, by donating £1 to our 'Love Meadows' appeal by texting OWLS01 £1 to 70070.

You can watch a short film made of the chicks being ringed.



Love woodlands mailing

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Your help is needed

We recently sent out an unaddressed mailing to Somerset residents, which unfortunately did not receive the response we were hoping for. We need your help to find out why. We would love to hear what you liked or didn’t like about our 'Love Woodland' mailing, and any suggestions that you may have for future mailings. Please complete our short survey at somersetwildlife.org/love_woodland_survey to help us to shape our future activities to raise funds for Somerset’s precious wildlife. Thank you.

Avalon Marshes Festival


Bringing the Landscape to Life, Sat 12th July to Sun 27th July

The festival kicks off with the Avalon Marshes Day on Saturday 12 July at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury. Among the many festival highlights will be a Roman themed family day, guided walks and cycle tours of the area, an art exhibition and the Levels’ Best farmers market. The festival will be rounded off with a Wildlife Extravaganza and Family Picnic at the Trust’s stunning Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, on July 27.

Full programme available from the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership.

Love Somerset, Love seas


Coastal events

  • Somerset Shore Search  - these family friendly events involve looking for and recording intertidal wildlife like crabs and topshells, starfish, sea-anemones and a wide range of seaweeds.
  • Porpoise, Seal and Big Fish Watching - there are some very big fish out in Somerset’s sea and survey events are taking place to gather more data.

You don’t need any previous experience to take part - find details at somersetwildlife.org/events.

50 ways to raise £50


How did you raise your £50?

Copies of our ’50 ways to raise £50’ fundraising packs have been flying off the shelves, and we would love to know how you raised your £50 for Somerset Wildlife Trust. Whether you took up one of our suggestions or came up with an ingenious fundraising idea of your own, we would love to hear from you. Let us know what you did, send us a photo if you have one, and you could become the face of ’50 ways’! Please email your images and activities to fundraising@somersetwildlife.org.


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Events on your doorstep

Somerset Wildlife Trust attend lots of events around the county each year, introducing communities to the work of the Trust and inspiring them to value the nature on their doorstep.  If there is an event near you that you would like us to consider attending, please contact membership@somersetwildlife.org.

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Photo credits: Hare © Lynne Newton | lynnenewtonfoxybiddy.zenfolio.com/, Matilda Scharsach | Plantlife, Bluebells © Matthew Peaster, Heron at the Avalon Marshes © Chris Sperring, Grey Seal © Ben Simmonds | bensimmondswildlife.co.uk, Kingfisher © Michael Deardon, Harvest Mouse © WildStock, Woodpeckers © Jon Hawkins