About Us

Somerset Wildlife Trust

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About Us

Vision and mission

Meadow © Ben SimmondsOur vision is an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.

Our mission is to build a landscape rich in wildlife where people live happier, healthier lives.

You can find out how we plan to achieve our vision and mission by downloading our 2015-2020 strategy.

How is the Trust funded?

The funding for our core work comes through a combination of things including membership subscriptions, legacies, community fundraising activity and annual appeals.  The only regular government support that we receive is linked to land that we manage under High Level Stewardship agreements, through DEFRA.  Our project work is funded through a variable mix of charitable trust funding, private donations, European funding through the EU WAVE Programme in partnership with Somerset County Council and The Landfill Communities Fund.

large blue Steve laneOur membership and volunteers

Somerset Wildlife Trust (formally known as The Somerset Trust for Nature Conservation) was formed in 1964 by a group of individuals who recognised the desperate need to take action to secure the future of wildlife in our wonderful and diverse County.

From an original 15 members who joined, paying £1 each at the inaugural meeting, the Trust has grown to be Somerset’s leading environmental charity with over 18,000 members. This has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of the Trust’s members and volunteers.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Trust and they have helped transform the organisation into being a vital and influential charity which now owns and manages 1700 acres of nature reserves, 9 area groups, many specialist and practical conservation groups. Hundreds of volunteers now work in support of the Trust.

Somerset Wildlife Trust is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FSB), the UK's independent regulatory scheme for fundraising


Overall responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of Somerset Wildlife Trust rests with our Board of Trustees (or Council). All Trustees provide their services on a voluntary basis and contribute many hours of un-paid service to the charity. They bring to the organisation a wide range of experience in the voluntary sector, nature conservation, business and other related areas of expertise.

The Trustees are elected by the membership of the Trust at our Annual General Meeting.

Our Charitable Objects

The charity’s objects are :

  • For the benefit of the public, to advance, promote and further the conservation, maintenance, protection and enjoyment of wildlife and its habitats, including places of botanical, geographical, zoological, archaeological or scientific interest and places of natural beauty;
  • To advance the education of the public in the principles of biodiversity conservation and of sustainable development;
  • To promote research in all branches of ecology and geology.