Contact us & enquiries

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Contact us & enquiries

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Postal address:

Somerset Wildlife Trust, 34 Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5AW

Opening hours:

generally 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

General enquiries: 

Email: enquiries@somersetwildlife.org

Phone: 01823 652 400

Membership enquiries:

Email: membership@somersetwildlife.org

Phone: 01823 652 429

Finance:

Email: finance@somersetwildlife.org

Phone: 01832 652 400

Press & communications enquiries: 

Email: pressoffice@somersetwildlife.org

Phone: 01823 652 414

 

Other enquiries

Get through to the right person by using the drop downs below.

Volunteering

volunteer coordinator Rhiannon Route§ª

Rhiannon Route - Matt Sweeting

Rhiannon Route 

Volunteer Coordinator 

volunteering@somersetwildlife.org

01823 652 416 / 07734878126

Find out more about volunteering

Nature Reserves

senior reserves manager mark blake on reserve

Mark Blake - Matt Sweeting

Mark Blake

Senior Reserves Manager for Brue Valley

mark.blake@somersetwildlife.org

 

Reserves Manager for South Somerset, Mark Green

Mark Green - Matt Sweeting

Mark Green

Reserves Manager for South Somerset

mark.green@somersetwildlife.org

Reserves manager for South Somerset and the Blackdowns, David Northcote-Wright

David Northcote-Wright - Matt Sweeting

David Northcote-Wright

Reserves Manager for South Somerset & Blackdowns

david.northcotewright@somersetwildlife.org

Chris Eyles

Chris Eyles: ©Matt Sweeting

Chris Eyles

Senior Reserve Manager for West Mendip

chris.eyles@somersetwildlife.org

Reserves manager for East Mendip

Liz Fishborne - Matt Sweeting

Liz Fishbourne

Reserves Manager for East Mendip

liz.fishbourne@somersetwildlife.org

Reserves manager for central mendips, James Ozolins

James Ozolins - Matt Sweeting

James Ozolins

Reserves Manager for central Mendips

james.ozolins@somersetwildlife.org

Conservation

Rachael Fickweiler

Rachael Fickweiler - Matt Sweeting

Rachael Fickweiler

Head of Nature Reserves

rachael.fickweiler@somersetwildlife.org

Anne Halpin

Anne Halpin - Matt Sweeting

Anne Halpin

Monitoring Officer

anne.halpin@somersetwildlife.org

Planning enquiries (Tuesdays only)

Contact Simon Briggs on 01823 652 439

Complaints or you wish to raise a concern

Email: enquires@somersetwildlife.org

Phone: 01823 652 400

General Help and Advice

Please use the drop downs below to find out more.

General Wildlife Questions

Please try to find the information on the internet first of all if you can. We are always pleased to help but our resources are limited! 

Please note our reception is often staffed by volunteers, we endeavour to answer your question as soon as possible. 

Reporting a Sighting

To report a sighting please go to the reporting page on Somerset Environmental Records Centre's (SERC) website.

SERC 

Wildlife Emergencies

We are sorry but we are unable to deal with sick or injured wild animals ourselves. 

Please contact the following organisations who will be able to help:

RSPCA - The RSPCA is a national charity concerned with animal welfare. To report a mistreated, neglected, injured or distressed animal please call their 24 hour helpline. They have a cruelty checklist to help identify the information they may ask for when you call.

RSPCA cruelty checklist

  • 0300 1234 999

Secret World - Secret World is a Charity which operates a 24 hour wildlife rescue service in South West England. It is based at Highbridge, Somerset.

  • 01278 783250

Reporting a wildlife crime

If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately. In all other instances, call 101 for the non-emergency service and ask to speak to your local Wildlife Crime Officer. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

More about wildlife and the law

Wildlife guidance and advice

Detailed answers to frequently asked wildlife questions can be found below.

Wildlife advice

On our nature reserves

Ash dieback

Ash dieback has already caused the widespread loss of ash trees in continental Europe and is now affecting countless woodlands, parks and gardens across the U.K, including our nature reserves.

Find out more

Dog walking on reserves

The Trust allows dogs to be walked on most of our nature reserves. More information on dog walking on our reserves can be found below.

Dog walking on reserves

Fungi policy

Collection of any fungi from sites under management by Somerset Wildlife Trust is not permitted unless part of an authorised scientific or educational survey or event or as otherwise authorised by law.

It is also illegal to collect fungi from our sites for commercial purposes, and to intentionally damage or disturb a site that has SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) designation.

Our policy is founded on the following principal reasons:

  • Legal – see above
  • The critical ecological role of fungi and their relationship to a host of other species, some of which are dependent on fungi.
  • The effect that collecting of fruiting bodies may have on the reproductive capability of fungi. Some of these species are likely to be rare or threatened.
  • Visitors to our sites are entitled to enjoy the sight of fungal fruiting bodies in-situ.
  • Groups of collectors can cause damage to sensitive habitats and other species through trampling in concentrated areas.

 

Filming on land we manage

Our nature reserves have been used as locations by a wide range of media. The nature of requests vary widely and we are usually happy to accommodate them if possible as long as disturbance to wildlife can be kept to a minimum. 

Further detailed information can be found below.

filming on our reserves

Walking near livestock

Please be aware of grazing horses and cattle, if dogs are allowed please ensure the following:

  • To take care, and keep your distance from the animals
  • Avoid yourself and/or your dog getting between animals and their young
  • Please keep your dog on a short lead or at your side
  • If ponies or cows approach, let your dog off the lead
  • Please close gates behind you