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Nigel Phillips, Somerset Wildlife Trust's Coastal Ambassador, will lead a guiided walk around Berrow Dunes in search of some of the incredible plants found in this important coastal Local Nature Reserve and SSSI and will explain how they are adapted to this challenging and increasingly rare habitat.

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Mark Ward, Somerset's Brilliant Coast Project Manager, will be joined by Nigel Phillips, Somerset Wildlife Trust's Coastal Ambassador and Kevin O'Connell, EDF marine biologist for Hinkley C, to lead a survey of the rocky shore below the Hinkley C site.


A day of activities for families and individuals to celebrate World Oceans Day and to raise awareness of the impact of Climate Change on the Coast.

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A family seashore safari where children and families can discover and find out more about the fantastic creatures hiding in the rocky shores along Brean beach.

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A family seashore safari where children and families can discover and find out more about the fantastic creatures hiding in the rock pools of Minehead.

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Mark Ward, Somerset's Brilliant Coast Project Manager, will lead an exploration of the lower reaches of the rocky ledges at Helwell Bay, Watchet, where a low Spring tide will reveal seashore creatures that are not usually seen.

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In the International Year of the Fly what better way of celebrating these and other creep-crawlies than by coming along to an Insect Safari at Berrow Dunes.

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Training in how to carry out coastal watches for dolphins and porpoises from Vanessa Lloyd of the Sea Watch Foundation.


An exploration of the diverse communities that can be found on the lower areas of the amazing boulder shore at Gore Point, near Porlock Weir led by Mark Ward, Somerset's Brilliant Coast Project Manager and Nigel Phillips, Somerset Wildlife Trust's Coastal Ambassador.


This conference is open to anyone with an interest in Somerset's Brilliant Coast.

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Untitled design (12)1st August 2018- Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that it is able to start a vital piece of its coastal conservation programme following it securing funds from the Community Impact Mitigation Fund, negotiated with EDF Energy as part of a wider mitigation package for the site preparation works at Hinkley Point in West Somerset. The funds will enable the Trust to carry out a three year coastal project focusing on connecting people who live, visit and work on the coast with our stunning coastline – a place that has been little explored, valued or understood to date

20180628 11350328th June - Berrow and Brean Beaches were given a deep clean on Thursday [28 June] as volunteers from Southern Co-op were out in force with Somerset Wildlife Trust. The Somerset beach was the second of five to be overhauled as Southern Co-op have planned a series of beach cleans across the south as part of Co-operatives Fortnight.

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.

HermitCrabNigel Phillips 25th July 2017 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is joining the celebration of marine life that will be taking place across the UK from Saturday July 29th to Sunday 13th August, as part of National Marine Week, to inspire everyone to show a little love for the county’s little known, unique marine wildlife and habitats.

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knot Our Coastal Ambassador Nigel Phillips explains the vast journeys that winter waders such as Knot make in order to feed on the mudflats of Bridgwater Bay, and how important Somerset's coast is in supporting these birds as a vital feeding ground and winter home. 

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Welcome to a new feature for 2019!  It's called 'Say hello to...' This feature will introduce members of staff from Somerset Wildlife Trust so that you can get to know us better, the different work that our brilliant staff members do, and understand what goes on behind the scenes to protect the wildlife of Somerset! 

First up, it's Tilda - our Coastal Engagement Officer!