Somerset Wildlife Trust

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Charity information

Somerset Wildlife Trust

Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years. With over 18,000 members we are the largest conservation charity in the county. Alongside our members and volunteers we work year round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes across the county and put nature back into people’s lives. By working together with our members and supporters we really do make a difference.

Founded 1964

  • Mission statement

    Our vision is an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.

    Our mission is to build a landscape rich in wildlife where people live happier, healthier lives.

    Somerset Wildlife Trust does a variety of work which delivers enormous gains for wildlife on a county-wide scale, including; the long-term care of our nature reserves which total 1700 Ha of land; investment in our Living Landscape programmes to link habitats and create a better landscape for wildlife; lobbying and campaigning for wildlife; working with farmers and private landowners to manage their land in a wildlife-friendly way; and the wildlife surveying and recording we carry out.

    On our nature reserves we manage a variety of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, to provide havens for wildlife like dormice, otters, hedgehogs, barn owls and many other species. These special habitats are the bedrock upon which we are able to deliver key conservation programmes for our most vulnerable species.

    Thanks to decades of work restoring old peat diggings and managing water, the Trust’s wetland reserves provide internationally important wintering habitats and spring breeding grounds for wetland birds such as Lapwing, Snipe and Bittern. In winter the reserves flood naturally and then attract a spectacular array of wintering and passage birds, including flocks of Wigeon and Teal. Many thousands of people visit and enjoy our wetland reserves each year.

  • Aims

    Somerset Wildlife Trust aims to:

    • For the benefit of the public, to advance, promote and further the conservation, maintenance, protection and enjoyment of wildlife and its habitats, including places of natural beauty
    • To advance the education of the public in the principles of biodiversity conservation and of sustainable development
    • To promote research in all branches of ecology and geology
  • Overview

    Established: February 1964

    Registered Charity Number: 238372

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 30

    Part time staff: 22

    Volunteers: 411

    Phone number: 01823 652400

    Address: 34 Wellington Rd, Taunton TA1 5AW

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