Where are we and what do we do?
Taunton Deane Area Group covers the district council areas of Taunton Deane - including Wellington, Wiveliscombe and Milverton. As part of Somerset Wildlife Trust, the group aims to promote and support wildlife issues in the widest sense through local wildlife walks, talks and events featuring conservation issues from climate change to food production, and biodiversity on land and in the ocean.
Taunton Deane Area Group has been very involved with the Taunton Living Landscape and the Routes to the River Tone project, as one of the partners. The project brought together the community to enhance and connect green spaces with the River Tone and its tributaries so creating a network of places where wildlife can thrive and people can engage with it.
As part of the River Tone project, teams of volunteers carried out wildlife surveys across the town and gathered significant amounts of data which have been analysed and now form the basis of ongoing discussions with the local Planning Authorities about where and how future development should take place, particularly bearing in mind the designation of Taunton as a 'Garden Town' and the proposed housing and employment developments in Taunton up to 2028. This group is now closely involved in how to follow on with the legacy of the project to ensure that the benefits of the project are sustained.
Taunton Deane Area Group's annual Wildlife Week is closely linked to the Routes to the River Tone project and a range of activities take place, usually in May or June each year, linking with the very successful annual Somerfest. Over the next couple of years, the group intends to work closely with other environmental groups in Taunton through the 'Green Forum' which has been established to bring together like-minded groups from across the town.
Where do we meet?
During the winter months the committee normally meet on the second Tuesday of each month at St George's Primary School, The Mount, Taunton, TA1 3NR. Summer throws up different events so each year is very different.
All the talks are held in the School Hall at St George's Catholic School, The Mount, Taunton. TA1 3NR unless indicated otherwise. This is close to the centre of Taunton and there is plently of free parking on site. The cost of these talks are £3.00 to Somerset Wildlife Trust members and £3.50 for non-members - this includes tea or coffee and biscuits in the interval.
The talks are normally held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month but can vary based on hall availability.
The group also organises walks around local Nature Reserves to help people to appreciate the beauty of the Somerset countryside all the year round. Everyone is welcome. If you know a Blue Tit from a Buzzard or a Daisy from a Dandelion, your input on the walk will be much appreciated too.
Most of the footpaths on the Reserves are unmade, may be uneven and muddy and may also be steep in places. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for these walks. Car parking at most of the Reserves will be limited. If you know other people who are going on the walk, please share transport if that is possible. If you can car-share all the way to the Reserve that would be excellent but if not please consider meeting up part way and car-sharing for the rest of the journey.
How can you help?
Could you help to make a difference to wildlife in Taunton Deane? The group urgently needs more members for our Committee. The duties aren't onerous: committee members meet every 2 or 3 months to organise future events and help to support other activities organised by Somerset Wildlife Trust. Committee members also attend the events that they organise to ensure that those attending are properly looked after and have an enjoyable and interesting time. If you can help or want to know a bit more about what this entails, please get in touch.
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Taunton Deane Wildlife Watch
Younger wildlife enthusiasts may be interested in the Taunton Deane Wildlife Watch which provides a wide range of activities. Although these are aimed at families with children between 5 and 12, children of other ages are always welcome. Contact Olivia Dullaghan at email@example.com
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