Who are we?
We are a long established group, concentrated mainly around the Yeovil area. We were for nearly 50 years known as the Yeovil & District Natural History Society. However in 2011 we joined forces with the Somerset Wildlife Trust to become the Somerset Wildlife Trusts Yeovil Area Group. Our aim is to promote interest in nature and support the conservation of wildlife. As a group we have undertaken surveys of the Yeovil and Ham Hill Country Parks and also the Viridor landfill site at Odcombe (formerly Odcombe tip). These surveys are ongoing and we welcome any assistance. We welcome anyone who is enthusiastic about natural history irrespective of their knowledge of wildlife.
The group holds a programme of INDOOR MEETINGS from September to March inclusive. These meetings are held in St. John’s Church Rooms, Yeovil, BA20 1HE, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. The group aims to have speakers for a wide range of wildlife subject matter so as to provide something of interest to everyone interested in natural history. There is a charge for attendance at indoor meetings to cover the cost of room hire and speaker expenses.
The group aims to hold at least one OUTDOOR FIELD MEETING for each of the months from February to November, inclusive. In the autumn and winter months these meetings are held at the weekend but in some spring and summer months they may take place in the evening of a weekday. We explore the countryside looking at flora, fauna and avifauna. Some walks are aimed primarily at a subject such as birds whilst others are of a more general nature. Please do not feel you have to be an expert on any subject to come along. We are a friendly group and are always pleased to share any knowledge.
Surveys and Record Keeping
From 1998 the Yeovil and District Natural History Society has been surveying and recording wildlife in all areas of the YEOVIL COUNTRY PARK and from 2004 has been recording the wildlife in the HAM HILL COUNTRY PARK. The Yeovil Area Group have maintained this activity and kept the records up to date. As at 31st December 2014 recorded species are 2518 for the Yeovil Country Park and 2222 for the Ham Hill Country Park. These records are supplied to the country park rangers and the South Somerset Countryside Steering Group.
In 2010 the group was asked by Viridor if they would survey the site of the Decommissioned Odcombe Waste Tip. A number of meetings have been held at the site and the number of species recorded to date totals 299. We have meetings at all of these sites and anyone is welcome to attend.
See the EVENTS listing opposite for current details.
We would like to be able to contact you direct to remind you of upcoming events and last minute changes. If you would be happy for us to have your email address or phone number for this purpose, please send details to:
Earlier This Year!
The Yeovil Area Group started its 2015 programme in January with a slide show entitled “An Introduction to British Mammals” which gave an overview of how we came to have the mammal species we currently enjoy in Britain, and those that we have lost through time and anthropological means. The first outdoor meeting of 2015 was at Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour looking for Wintering birds, led by committee member Barrie Widden. Although it was a cold day, we were rewarded with sightings of Red Breasted Merganser, Mediterranean gulls and Turnstones. The party then headed off to Portland Castle and were rewarded with a sighting of a Black Guillemot. March’s events are a talk about the Galapagos by Tell Hicks and an outing to Ham Hill Country Park looking for Spring Wild Flowers.
The Yeovil Area group has a long history of involvement with conservation and natural history in the Yeovil area. We have at least one outing a month, with indoor meetings from September to March. If you would like to join the group, meet with likeminded people for a walk, or would like more information regarding our events programme please email