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Tuesday 2 April

Damon Bridge, Conservation Officer, Somerset Levels and Moors, will talk about the Reserve at West Sedgemoor and the woodland at Swell Wood – the bird,  plant and animal species, and how they are managed.

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Friday 17 May

John Butler, a volunteer with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, will help you learn how to identify bees and then take us on a guided walk on Longrun Meadow to put our new skills into practice.

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Wednesday 22 May

Marcus Pearson, Environment and Sustainability Manager at Hinkley Point C will take us on a guided coach tour of the Hinkley Point C construction site, followed by a presentation.

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Friday 28 June

Come and see the different butterflies found in Longrun Meadow and along the River Tone and find out more about how they live.

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Come and explore Tauntons Canal and the Children's Wood and find out more about the wonderful wildlife that lives there.

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Come and discover all about the bats who treat Taunton and Longrun Meadow as their home.

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Saturday 29 June

Come and have a go at fishing (catch and release) and learn more about the different species of fish which live in the River Tone.

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Come and do your bit for the environment by helping keep the River Tone and Longrun Meadow clear of rubbish. Why not make an afternoon of it and bring a picnic?

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Sunday 30 June

Come and help us discover all of the wonderful creatures that are living in Longrun Meadow.

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Tuesday 8 October

Michael Jordan will talk about the different types of fungi to be found at this time of year and address those important questions: 'Can I eat it? What's the difference between mushrooms and toadstools? and What good are they?' Why not then come along and find them for real on the following Saturday.

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News

housing snip 0Somerset Wildlife Trust to use newly launched Wildlife Trust guidelines to help secure the provision of nature-friendly, inspirational homes and developments in Taunton, and put wildlife back into our towns’ natural places and green spaces 

still lifeOpen invitation extended to all ‘tree babies’ and their families, local communities and general public to attend special Apple Day celebration 26th September 2017 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that it is hosting an Apple Day Celebration Event on October 28th (11-3pm) in Children’s Wood to help mark the 25th anniversary of Children’s Wood.  The Children’s Wood Project was launched during National Environment Week in 1992 and aimed to create areas of woodland by planting a tree for every baby born in the Taunton Deane area. Since 1992 around 3000 trees have been planted on the site which was declared a Local Nature Reserve in May 2003, and is now enjoyed throughout the seasons by local communities.

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:  www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild

DSC 0510 credit Emma BradshawThis May will once again be known as Naturally Healthy Month, as Active Devon and Public Health at Somerset County Council coordinate its Naturally Healthy Campaign on behalf of the Devon and Somerset Local Nature Partnership.  Building on the success of Devon’s previous campaigns, and with the help of Somerset Wildlife Trust and Somerset’s Areas of Outstanding Nature Beauty, this will be Somerset’s first year in the programme, and it is hoped that it will be as successful as it has been for Devon in previous years.

Water vole 3 ben simmonds webKey partners and supporters of the Routes to the River Tone project - Somerset Wildlife Trust’s most successful urban wildlife project - came together on Wednesday (22nd March) to celebrate the project’s achievements over the last three years, which has been made possible through funding from Heritage Lottery Funding, Tesco and corporate partners, Viridor. A Thank you also goes to their project partners, such as Taunton Association for the Homeless (TAH) who have helped develop and deliver the project’s community engagement work.   

Fuse Fire SpinSomerset Wildlife Trust announces major half term event programme to celebrate the success of Routes to The River Tone project