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Launch by Kaye ParmenterACEarts is working in partnership with the Somerset Wildlife Trust on an Open Wildlife Art Exhibition, and is seeking submissions from artists and creators.

15th Jan 2018 - The submissions open in January and will be judged in May by a panel which includes Wildlife Broadcaster and Patron of Somerset Wildlife Trust Simon King OBE; Stewart Geddes, President of the Royal West of England Academy; Katie Arber, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Somerset Wildlife Trust; Nina Gronw-Lewis, Curator of ACEarts; and Frank Martin, Trustee of ACEarts. The exhibition will take place at ACEarts between 6th October and 3rd November 2018.

housing snip 0Somerset Wildlife Trust to use newly launched Wildlife Trust guidelines to help secure the provision of nature-friendly, inspirational homes and developments in Taunton, and put wildlife back into our towns’ natural places and green spaces 

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.  

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