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Catcott Nature Reserve appeal update

A year on from our appeal to raise funds to install a discovery boardwalk and tower hide at our Catcott Nature Reserve, our Brue Valley Reserves Manager, Mark Blake, updates on progress at the site.


Thank you for helping us reach our target

Thanks to your support and generosity we have now raised more than £30,000 to open up visitor access to Catcott Nature Reserve. This will allow people to experience and value the wealth of wildlife that this nationally important site has to offer. A former industrial peat diggings, the Trust's recent restoration of this 30 acre site has created a species-rich, wetland habitat in the Brue Valley.

Every donation has brought us closer to installing a discovery trail boardwalk and tower hide at the reserve, enabling visitors to enjoy this special site without damaging its treasured wildlife habitats.

Now that money has been raised, the work can begin, so please watch this space for updates as the project progresses.

We are immensely grateful for your support.

Thank you. 




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Great white egret cpt Damian Waters
Great white egret © Damian Waters



Help open up a wildlife haven for all to enjoy

Somerset Wildlife Trust has restored 30 acres of former industrial peat-diggings in the Brue Valley into species-rich, wetland habitat over the last two years. Our next challenge is to secure sufficient funds to enable better visitor access to this nationally important site.

Now offering a much more attractive prospect for wildlife, we are excited to see Catcott Nature Reserve fast becoming a haven for some of the county’s most precious species of flora and fauna, including the great white egret; a species of heron more commonly found on mainland Europe than here in the UK.

We plan to improve visitor access to the reserve over the next three years through the installation of a boardwalk discovery trail and tower hide, enabling visitors to enjoy this special site without damaging its treasured wildlife habitats.

We have successfully managed to raise £30,000 in grant funding to cover half of the cost, but we still need to raise a further £30,000 to complete the project.

We are so passionate about Catcott Nature Reserve that we feel it is really important to open up visitor access to this wonderful wildlife haven. We hope that visitors to this special site will leave inspired to value and protect Somerset’s precious wildlife for future generations.

Please donate to help us make a difference. Thank you.