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Wildlife Trusts’ report highlights six key challenges to be addressed before the UK leaves the EU to ensure our living seas are given the protection they need

ringed ploversnippedA recent report by the Wildlife Trusts, The Way Back to Living Seas, sets out a vision for our marine environment post Brexit. Somerset Wildlife Trust’s programme of work on the county’s 47 mile long coast, involving and inspiring people to learn about and protect this precious habitat alongside vital survey work is key to protecting our coastal future.

Westhay Moor Wetlands NightWetlandLIFE project selects our Westhay Moor site and Natural England's Shapwick Heath Reserve for major wetland project.

WetlandLIFE, a nationwide, three year university-led project, funded by a number of UK research councils, has announced it will be working in the Somerset Levels to carry out a range of ecological and cultural research which aims to support the development of better wetland assessment tools for use by wetland site managers across the country.

Leisler's Bat

£30,000 to be raised to secure the future of one of our county’s ecological superheroes

To support its on the ground efforts to secure the future of the county’s bats, Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to launch Saving Somerset’s Bats – an urgent appeal to raise £30,000 to strengthen habitats in three key areas in the county which support important bat populations - in particular several rarer species that we stand to lose in Somerset entirely unless action is taken now. The Trust is asking wildlife lovers across the county and beyond to swoop into action and help ensure Somerset remains a thriving stronghold for UK Bats.

still lifeOpen invitation extended to all ‘tree babies’ and their families, local communities and general public to attend special Apple Day celebration 26th September 2017 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that it is hosting an Apple Day Celebration Event on October 28th (11-3pm) in Children’s Wood to help mark the 25th anniversary of Children’s Wood.  The Children’s Wood Project was launched during National Environment Week in 1992 and aimed to create areas of woodland by planting a tree for every baby born in the Taunton Deane area. Since 1992 around 3000 trees have been planted on the site which was declared a Local Nature Reserve in May 2003, and is now enjoyed throughout the seasons by local communities.

Val2Coinciding with the launch of the new series of the Channel 4 show, Somerton based, much loved TV baking celebrity, Val Stones has teamed up with Somerset Wildlife Trust and West Somerset Railway to help raise funds for Somerset's Wildlife

26th October, 2017 – Somerset Wildlife Trust’s special fundraiser returns for a second year and is proud to present the ‘Steam Tea Wildlife Special’  steam train ride on Thursday 26th October.  This year it returns with a special VIP guest – Val Stones from TV’s ‘Great British Bake Off’. 

Peacock Buttefly - Becky Woodgate6th September 2016th September 2017 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that it has exceeded its £5000 crowdfunding target for its Perry Mead Wildflower Project.  Thanks to over 150 members of the public, an amazing £5,630 was raised for the Trust’s Perry Mead Wildflower Project which will go towards overall cost of completing the project which is £9500.   7 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that it has exceeded its £5000 crowdfunding target for its Perry Mead Wildflower Project.  Thanks to over 150 members of the public, an amazing £5,630 was raised for the Trust’s Perry Mead Wildflower Project which will go towards overall cost of completing the project which is £9500.   

Avalon Marshes Bill Bailey National Lottery Award lores23rd August 2017 - Comedian and nature enthusiast Bill Bailey paid a visit with a difference to Avalon Marshes Somerset today, when he presented the project with an iconic National Lottery Award.

Buff-tailed bumblebee - jon Hawkins9th August 2017 – Since the 1930s in the UK we've lost 97% of our wildflower meadows, and with them our critical pollinators such as bees and butterflies. To help reverse this decline, and to support the creation of a beautiful expanse of meadow to support Somerset’s bees and butterflies, Somerset Wildlife Trust has created the Perrymead Wildflower Project – which aims to harvest seed from flower rich areas and sow it on species poor areas to create enriched habitats to support more pollinators.  

800px-Black-crowned Night Heron 6929.jpg Wikimedia Commons1st August 2017 - There is photographic confirmation that, for the first time in recorded history, a pair of Night Herons has bred in the UK.  Two adults and two recently fledged juveniles are now roosting at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, having either bred there or nearby on the Avalon Marshes site. The birds were captured on camera and made their debut on Flickr. (Picture to left courtesy of WikimediaComms)

OysterCatchers Burnham NigelPhillipsSomerset Wildlife Trust has been selected as one of the charities in Somerset to chosen to benefit from Tesco’s community fundraising initiative ‘Tesco’s Bags of Help’, which awards grants raised from the 5p carrier bag charge to fund local community projects across the county Somerset Wildlife Trust is asking Tesco shoppers on Somerset’s coast to use the store’s token voting scheme to help it secure the maximum amount of £4000 to support its Brilliant Coast project,  which ensures that Somerset’s coastal wildlife has a healthy future.  

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