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Wildlife and Energy



At the moment the Government is consulting the public about making Fracking - exploratory drilling for shale gas - ‘Permitted Development’. Please have your say on these plans by 25th October! Click here to find out more.

Wildlife and Energy Position statement

This position statement focuses on the principles Somerset Wildlife Trust believe our governments, authorities and developers should adopt when facilitating energy generation policy and projects, so that new development supports people and wildlife, and contributes to the transition to a low carbon, renewable energy focussed future.

The document provides a brief introduction to the energy-related issues facing Somerset’s wildlife, and sets out the broad approaches Somerset Wildlife Trust will apply when dealing with local energy policy and development schemes.

This policy is based on the best available information and will be revised as necessary. Over time, all appropriate and relevant forms of energy generation will be covered by this document, so please do check back for updates.

Download Wildlife and Energy Position Statement August 2018 

If you have any queries relating to this position statement, please contact Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Policy and Campaigns Manager, Steve Mewes, on 01823 652437 or via 

Somerset Wildlife Trust Comments on the Hendry Review

Somerset Wildlife Trust welcomes recognition by the Hendry Review, released yesterday, that any tidal lagoon development in the UK should be subject to strict monitoring of any impacts of the technology on the marine environment. For more information please click here.