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Somerset’s Coast is under serious pressure. Climate change and rising sea levels, harnessing the Severn Estuary's natural power for energy generation, alongside general coastal development, are just a few reasons why Somerset’s Coastline and the species that call it home, are facing significant pressure and need your help

Somerset’s coast is a place of amazing diversity, with wild habitats that are home to a wealth of captivating species, world class geology and fascinating, yet untold history and heritage. It hosts tens of thousands of wintering birds, we have sharks, seals and porpoises in the Severn and migratory species like eels that begin their life cycles an ocean away.

We need to secure £85,000 in match funding urgently to undertake a comprehensive coastal survey over the next three years, to increase the scientific evidence base on Somerset’s coastal wildlife so that we can deliver conservation programmes to protect it for the future. A lack of knowledge about our coastal wildlife coupled with increasing pressure could lead to poor decision making with irreversible consequences for wildlife in the county.
We can’t do this without your help. Your gift, whatever its size, will take us one step closer to understanding and protecting Somerset’s Brilliant Coast and the species that depend on it. Click here to make a donation or you can call us on 01823 652429.

Click on the map below to see the wonders of Somerset's Brilliant Coast

Somerset's Brilliant Coast

The Severn is an extraordinarily difficult place to survey, with its high tidal range and large stretches of mud flats, and yet, based on just a couple of recent surveys we now know it is home to the Stalked Jellyfish, a new species for Somerset and one of conservation importance nationally.

Somerset Wildlife Trust are proud to be a major partner in The Severn Vision - a partnership that exists to represent all wildlife and landscape interests in the area, and a collaboration of knowledge and expertise from WWT, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, the National Trust, CPRE, the Salmon & Trout Association, and the Severn Rivers Trust. For more information please visit the website here.

The Somerset Coast also is an important feeding ground for birds; the Severn attracts tens of thousands of birds each year, Shelduck, Gadwall, Brent Geese, Dunlin, Avocet, Sanderling, Redshank, Knot and Curlew to name just a few, some coming  from as far away as the Arctic. Other species undertake similar epic migrations, such as young European Eels migrating in their millions from the Sargasso Sea and across the Atlantic to Somerset, and then into the Somerset Levels and Moors, where they are a vital food source for Otters and other animals.

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