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Bittern3 cpt Tim Stenton (1)Having spent over 50 years involved in conservation, Somerset WIdlife Trust member Colin Phillips has visited our wetland reserves many times, and told us that he has always been amazed at the range of wildlife and beautiful landscapes that can be seen there. On a recent visit to one of our reserves Colin was so inspired by Somerset's wildlife that he decided to write a short poem...

somerset county councilWe have elections in Somerset on May 4th for our County Council. This is a critical time for Somerset as we start to see the effects of Climate Change on our coastline, our wildlife and our weather. Local leadership is vital if we are to improve the state of our nature for future generations. The Trust has written to all the local candidates and it would be fantastic if you, our supporters, do the same.

The European BrowHare seated c Don Sutherlandn Hare is possibly one of our shyest, most enigmatic countryside species. The sight of a Brown Hare, with its rich brown, almost reddish colouring, bounding with its strong rear legs through a tussocky meadow is truly one of nature’s most precious nature moments.

Phil1 useDiscover the world of conservation, how you can find work in the area - and why you should, with this blog from our Widlife Skills Trainee, Phil Bruss. 

An update on Avian Bird Flu and where you can find out more information 

Emma and AmeliaThank you to everyone who continues to support the work that we do to protect Somerset's species! We hope that our members who were able to come to our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19th November had a great time. Find out what happened on the night! 

robin ValerieGodsmarkThere’s something that feels so wonderfully righteous about the almost ceremonial putting on of a favourite woolly hat, the tightest buttoning of a Winter coat and the gathering of friends and family to enjoy a good old-fashioned Winter walk after you’ve enjoyed a hearty lunch.

Picture1As part of unveiling Boris to the world, our Steam Teas event took place in October – thank you to everyone who came along. The lovely folks at the West Somerset Railway  put extra carriages on their Steam train to take nifty knitters and  knitting novices from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back, on a fun filled afternoon train journey with a cream tea too, thanks to Miles Tea.

MattSweeting3 resizedSomerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to receive £2500 from the Mendip Hills AONB Unit to support their conservation work as part of the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project, which is the UK's largest partnership project transforming the fortunes of our vanishing wildflower meadows, grasslands and wildlife. 

meadows 2This Spring and Summer, as part of the Save Our Magnificent Meadows Project, we ran wildflower identification sessions, whcih got volunteers out and about looking through Field Studies Council guides, wildflower books and hand lenses to learn the characteristic features of different species.


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