Shell out your Support for Somerset’s Brilliant Coast
On September 1st Somerset Wildlife Trust applied to the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation Fund for some exciting coastal work offsetting some of the impacts of the Hinkley Point C build.
If we are successful in being awarded funds, (we hope to hear back in Spring 2018), through the brilliant activities we’ve planned, we will be able to work with people of all ages that those that live, work, volunteer and visit Somerset’s Coast and give our coastal project – and Somerset’s coast itself - a brilliant future.
We need YOU!
Even though the application deadline has passed we still need support to strengthen our application. If you would like to help us with this, please email our Policy and Campaigns Manager, Steve mewes at or write to him at Somerset Wildlife Trust, Callow Rock Office, Shipham Road, Cheddar, BS27 3DQ. Thank you.
If we are successful, here's our plan...
We’ll be putting on community engagement events and organising volunteering days to raise awareness of the value of our coastal heritage, inspiring residents and visitors to learn about Somerset’s coast and become involved in its conservation. There’ll be talks, walks, rockpool rambles, bioblitzes, citizen science projects, coastal art events and recruiting and training key volunteers as Coastal Ambassadors – something for everyone to get involved in from young to old.
We’ll be Trust will working with parish councils along the coast. The focus will be on supporting any interested councils take the lead in what they would like to do in their own area. The Trust will provide the wildlife knowledge, admin support and funding but the idea is very much that the community is the driving force. This means activity has a truly local focus, and encourages activity beyond the three years of this scheme.
This is the under-18 part of the project working with schools, youth groups and after school clubs along the coast from Brean Down to Watchet. We’ll be arranging a series of inspirational activities to engage, educate and integrate.
- Introduction to the coast (habitats, species, issues, dangers)
- Team based events for increasing social skills, confidence, problem solving and risk awareness.
Activities will include:
- Rock pooling/wildlife search
- Beach clean
- Beach arts and crafts
- Bushcraft such as shelters, fire lighting and outdoor cookery
- Creative activities so the kids can produce a piece of artwork (sculpture, painting, sketch), a poem or story
- Celebration events such as a beach party
Interpret the Coast
We will develop a range of sign’s, leaflets and online information to help inform both local people as well as new workers at the Hinkley C site.
Pictures© Nigel Phillips