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Join us for our 55th AGM and Members' Day! 


Saturday 9th November 2019, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater 

AGM, 11am -1pm

During the AGM from 11am until 1pm you will hear all about the work we have completed across the county and, get an insight into the year ahead.

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Members’ Day Event: Vanishing Insects - Vanishing Somerset Wildlife?  1pm - 4.30pm

The Members’ Day starts at 1pm with a buffet lunch before the afternoon talks from 2pm themed: Vanishing Insects - Vanishing Somerset Wildlife? A panel of experts will discuss the importance of and threat to all wildlife in Britain, especially here in Somerset, and what we can all do now to avoid this looming catastrophe.

The talk begins at 2pm and the day will conclude at 4.30pm with tea and cake.

Please note:

The AGM in the morning is just for members of Somerset Wildlife and is free but does not include refreshments.

The Members’ Day consisting of the AGM, a buffet lunch, panel talks, and afternoon tea is £12 per member.

You are also very welcome to invite a guest who is interested in our work and is not a member to the afternoon talks that start at 2pm. The price for your guest is £12 (plus booking fee) per person and includes afternoon tea.

Plan your visit 

Date: Saturday 9th November 2018

Location: McMillan Theatre, College Way, Bath Rd, Bridgwater TA6 4PZ


10.30 Arrival and tea and coffee

11.00 – 13.00 Annual General Meeting

  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Minutes of the last meeting held on Saturday 3 November 2018, to be approved
  3. Matters arising
  4. Report from the Chair
  5. Presentation and adoption of the accounts
  6. Appointment of auditors
  7. Introduction and election of Council members
  8. Recognition awards and thanks

13.00 – 14.00 Members’ Day buffet lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Expert Talks

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Prof Dave Goulson FRES, Sussex University 

Presentation title: Insect declines and why they matter

Prof Goulson is a leading academic in insect ecology, specialising in bumblebee ecology. He is also the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity devoted to reversing bumblebee declines, and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Dave has published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects, and is author of Bumblebees; their behaviour, ecology and conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), a popular science book about bumblebees.


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Simon Phelps - Butterfly Conservation

Presentation title: Farming, butterflies and moths – working with nature not against it

Simon is the Conservation Officer on Butterfly Conservation’s ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ project. In his current role he works with farmers and landowners on Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor to help them conserve the rare butterflies and moths that they have on their land. He has been working for Butterfly Conservation for 4 years, working on project development prior to taking on his current role. His previous roles in the conservation sector have covered community engagement for the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, ecological surveying for the Lulworth Estate and reserves management for the BCN Wildlife Trust.




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Dr David Buckingham - Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB

Presentation title: What happens to birds when the insects vanish and how do you put them back?

David was brought up on the edge of the Mendips near Wells and is now a Senior Conservation Scientist with the RSPB specialising in grassland ecology.  His main work is diagnosing the causes of farmland bird declines and developing practical solutions. This work has focused on cirl buntings, yellowhammers, skylarks, linnets, set-aside and latterly starlings. He has been heavily involved in efforts to make agri-environment schemes work on livestock rearing and mixed farms. Increasingly he is also looking at the pivotal role insects play in both the ecosystem and the sustainability of our agriculture


Matthew Shepherd photoMatthew Shepherd - Specialist on Soil Biodiversity for Natural England

Matthew's work includes advising on soils policy, conservation of soil organisms, providing training, encouraging better management of soil biology to improve sustainable environmental management and monitoring of soils and soil life.  Originally from Exeter, Matthew completed an undergraduate degree in Ecology at the University of Sheffield, then become a conservation volunteer and surveyor for Devon Wildlife Trust, and a wide range of other conservation and environmental organisations around Devon and Sussex.  He completed a PhD in the effect of grazing on Dartmoor soils at the university of Exeter, and has worked in upland erosion surveys, grazing management as well as providing evidence reviews of England’s peatlands.  He also provides training in identification of soil organisms (springtails, mites and earthworms), runs the national mite recording scheme and is the convener and co-founder of the Association of Applied Biologist’s Soil Biology Special Interest Group.  He still lives in Exeter and is always looking for excuses to talk to people about soil bugs.


Cost: AGM (members only) is Free

Members’ Day Event (members only) includes lunch, talks and tea and cake - £12

Afternoon talk themed 'Vanishing Insects - Vanishing Somerset Wildlife?' (open to the public) £12 plus booking fee (includes tea and cake)

Booking information: Booking is required. 

To book online, please click here. Members can either book a ticket for just the AGM, or an 'All Day Ticket' which will include the AGM, buffet lunch and Members' Day event. Non-members can book a 'talks-only' ticket which will include the afternoon talks and tea and cake. 

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FORMAL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 55th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the SOMERSET WILDLIFE TRUST will be held at McMillan Theatre, College Way, Bath Rd, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ on Saturday 9th November 2019 at 11.00am.

Nominations for elections to Council, signed by two members of the Trust and countersigned by the nominee confirming willingness to serve if elected, much reach the Chief Executive at the Trust’s Taunton office by midday on the 31st July 2019. Detailed information about the role and responsibilities of trustees is available, on request, from the Chief Executive.

The meeting will include approval of the minutes, reports from the Chair and Chief Executive, adoption of the audited accounts and election of trustees.

A full agenda, list of nominees and instructions for proxy and postal voting will be included in the Autumn/Winter 2019 issue of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Members’ magazine: Somerset Wildlife published in October 2019.


Georgia Stokes, Chief Executive, April 2019.

A copy of the full Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2019 will be available here from 30th September 2019 or on request from the Trust’s Taunton office.