The Somerset Nature Reserves Fund

The Somerset Nature Reserves Fund

Our nature reserves are at the heart of nature’s recovery in Somerset. Please make a donation if you can.
£

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There is so much work to catch up on
We are without many of our volunteers
Visitor wear and tear needs repair
External contractors are costly

Our nature reserves need your support more than ever

Our nature reserves play a vital role in helping nature to recover across our county and beyond, providing refuge for an enormous range of wildlife, including some exceptionally rare species.  But, more critically, our reserves play an essential role in Somerset’s nature recovery network – a matrix of connected healthy habitats across which species can move and spread.

Our Reserve Managers are starting yet another season’s habitat work programme without even being able to complete much of the work from the previous year and this backlog doesn’t even include the vast amount of work required to manage the tragic effects of Ash Dieback. For most of the last year, our Reserve Managers have been without the support of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers who we rely on so heavily to work with us on the ground.

It's a huge concern how we are going to maintain and care for our nature reserves with so much uncertainty still due to the pandemic. Will you help us keep our nature reserves in the best of health, so they remain cornerstones of a bigger nature recovery network for the county?

Will you help us keep our reserves in good health?

The Somerset Nature Reserves Fund

Our nature reserves are at the heart of nature’s recovery in Somerset. Please make a donation if you can.
£

We need them too

Let’s not forget how much we need our reserves too. We have seen visitor numbers almost double on our nature reserves during lockdown.  It's brilliant to see so many people out enjoying nature locally. We hope that people continue to connect to and value these special places long into the future.

But of course more visitors means more maintenance work, with wear and tear on paths, boardwalks, stiles and hides needing constant repair. In some cases, we have had to repair damage by people that don't treat our reserves with respect, such as vandals and fly-tippers.  Our reserve managers have been without the support of our dedicated volunteers, so it will come as no surprise to hear that we have had to bring in contractors at considerable expense to help us keep on top of things. 

Our planned reserve management budgets were never designed to support the amount of additional costs we are now facing.

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Experiencing wildlife on our nature reserves is one of my greatest pleasure, and I know many of you feel the same. We need your support to help us keep these special places in the best of health, for wildlife and for people.
Graeme Mitchell, Chair of Trustees
Somerset Wildlife Trust

Other ways to donate

 You can also donate securely by card by telephoning 01823 652429 or send a cheque made payable to Somerset Wildlife Trust to 34 Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5AW. Please specify that your cheque is for The Somerset Nature Reserves Fund.  

Every donation, whatever the size, will make a difference to our nature reserves. Any gift you can give to The Somerset Nature Reserves Fund will go directly to wherever the need is greatest on our nature reserves.

Thank you so much for your continuing support.

We want to thank all our supporters for everything you’ve done to help the Trust in recent times; your generous donations, your ongoing membership commitment and your kind words of support, which have really helped us during these difficult times.
Graeme Mitchell, Chair of Trustees
Somerset Wildlife Trust