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800px-Black-crowned Night Heron 6929.jpg Wikimedia Commons1st August 2017 - There is photographic confirmation that, for the first time in recorded history, a pair of Night Herons has bred in the UK.  Two adults and two recently fledged juveniles are now roosting at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, having either bred there or nearby on the Avalon Marshes site. The birds were captured on camera and made their debut on Flickr. (Picture to left courtesy of WikimediaComms)

OysterCatchers Burnham NigelPhillipsSomerset Wildlife Trust has been selected as one of the charities in Somerset to chosen to benefit from Tesco’s community fundraising initiative ‘Tesco’s Bags of Help’, which awards grants raised from the 5p carrier bag charge to fund local community projects across the county Somerset Wildlife Trust is asking Tesco shoppers on Somerset’s coast to use the store’s token voting scheme to help it secure the maximum amount of £4000 to support its Brilliant Coast project,  which ensures that Somerset’s coastal wildlife has a healthy future.  

HermitCrabNigel Phillips 25th July 2017 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is joining the celebration of marine life that will be taking place across the UK from Saturday July 29th to Sunday 13th August, as part of National Marine Week, to inspire everyone to show a little love for the county’s little known, unique marine wildlife and habitats.

Tor Reeds (3500x2333)Competing against six others in the Best Environment Project category the Avalon Marshes project - a collaboration of several leading conservation organisations -  saw off stiff competition from more than 1,300 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards 2017. This year saw a record number of entries to the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. 

sw63 0118National Meadows Day (1), dedicated to celebrating and protecting our vanishing wildflower meadows and the wealth of wildlife they support, will take place on Saturday 1 July 2017. This year's National Meadows Day will be the biggest yet, with over 100 events (2) taking place across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

CSR 2Viridor’s Taunton-based Sustainability team is celebrating its work with the local community after winning the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award at the Taunton Deane Business Awards.

- David Tipling - 2020VISION (4)Nature and wildlife isn’t just for those living in rural places to enjoy on a daily basis  - a new poll of over 2,400 people living in cities across the UK reveals that city-dwellers have a strong affinity for nature and think that it’s important to help care for it.

Vote for nature6The General Election will soon be here and undoubtedly we’re all thinking about how to cast our vote.  Somerset Wildlife Trust votes for nature, and we are asking you to do the same. Somerset is blessed with wonderful moors, a stunning coastline, rolling farmland, and picturesque towns and villages, with the added jewels of the unique wetlands in the Levels and Moors, Exmoor National Park and four ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

wildwalks4Somerset residents are being invited to get out and enjoy their green spaces as Taunton-based Viridor and Somerset Wildlife Trust proudly launch ‘Viridor Wild Walks’ - a set of three walks introduced to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May).

resizedSomerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to present the return of 30 Days Wild – the Wildlife Trusts annual challenge for us all to do something wild and nature based every day in June. Whether it’s on a reserve, in your local green space or park or in your own back garden – Somerset Wildlife Trust wants to you put a bit of wild back into your life and make a lasting connection to nature for your own health and wellbeing.  To help you get stuck in, you can apply for the brilliant (and  free!) 30 Days Wild pack, download the phone app or go online for some ideas and inspiration.  Visit the website for more information: