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meadows pic6th July - Some of our best-loved wild flowers including wild strawberry, ragged robin and harebell are declining markedly as a result of the devastation of grasslands including our wildflower meadows - 97% of which have been eradicated since the 1930s, says Plantlife, Europe's largest charity dedicated to wildflowers and other flora.

20180628 11350328th June - Berrow and Brean Beaches were given a deep clean on Thursday [28 June] as volunteers from Southern Co-op were out in force with Somerset Wildlife Trust. The Somerset beach was the second of five to be overhauled as Southern Co-op have planned a series of beach cleans across the south as part of Co-operatives Fortnight.

everys-logo29th May, 2018 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to welcome full service law firm, Everys Solicitors, to its Corporate Membership programme.  Everys, who provide high quality legal advice to families and businesses across the South West, have also confirmed they will be providing a 20% professional fee discount to Somerset Wildlife Trust members who wish to prepare a Will.  In addition they will donate 10% of the professional fees associated with buying or selling a residential property to the Trust, when a member uses services provided by the Taunton office.

PORTRAITS WINNER Melvin Redeker22nd May, 2018 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards -  launched nine years ago to recognise the talents of photographers working in the UK, and to capture amazing images of Britain’s diverse wildlife - will be helping raise funds for the Trust’s work when it returns to the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury as part of its national tour. An exhibition of the winning images will be displayed from 17th July until 25th August as a part of a tour starting in London. Winners include Somerset’s own photographer, Victoria Hillman. The exhibition showcases the wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history, with the hope of inspiring people to protect and appreciate the wildlife in their local area.  

BitternSomerset retains position as Britain’s bittern stronghold, as the population of the mysterious and elusive wetland bird keeps on booming

Somerset Wildlife Trust are pleased to say that following its annual spring Bittern count, 11 booming Bittern males were recorded on their Westhay Moor, Westhay Heath and Catcott Nature Reserves  - the highest number since surveying on these sites began.

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Organisations combine efforts to put nature-based wellbeing higher up on life’s agenda and to help us all recognise our role in protecting Somerset’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

Today sees the launch of the Somerset Festival of Nature – a new annual event which aims to focus on celebrating Somerset’s natural environment; its enduring and stunning landscapes and seascapes, its vibrant green spaces and inspiring natural places, and all the rich and diverse wildlife that lives in this wonderful county.

 DagCwg0WkAEDJ4rA new training programme ‘Wild Paths’ has been awarded £501,100 of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), under its Skills for the Future programme, allowing five Wildlife Trusts in the South West to train 30 aspiring conservationists over the next three years.

hills to levels picThe “Hills to Levels” team is celebrating after winning the “Duncan Huggett Award for the Environment” at the Flood & Coast Project Excellence Awards. The Awards ceremony was hosted at the Environment Agency’s annual Flood & Coast Conference held in Telford on 2st March.

Untitled design (8)Organisations focussed on health, wellbeing and outdoor activities join forces for the month of May to help the whole of Somerset embrace a more active, nature-based lifestyle.    

26th March 2018 – Today sees the launch of Naturally Healthy Month 2018 – a month long campaign which brings together some of the county’s leading health, wellbeing and outdoor activity organizations to offer people across the county with a variety of opportunities to get active, and enjoy the  benefits of spending time outdoors and in nature. The programme will provide additional help for those individuals and groups who find it more difficult to get out and about and enjoy the health benefits of nature.

dundon beaconNature Reserves Fund Appeal launches to ensure populations of ‘unsung wildlife superheroes’ that keep the county’s ecosystems healthy are secure for the future

5th March 2018 – Today marks the launch of the 2018 Somerset Nature Reserves Fund Appeal. The annual fund was launched in 2016 to ensure the charity had the vital ongoing funds to maintain the basic underlying health of all Somerset Wildlife Trust’s nature’s reserves across the county.  The Fund has since inspired many who care about the county’s precious landscapes to make donations, which have made a real difference to the Trust’s ability to keep these special places secure for the next generation.