A Tale of Two Otters


Dr Rob Williams will present an illustrated talk on otters, focusing on the Giant Otters of the Peruvian Amazon and the European Otters that live in Somerset. He will talk of their ecology, their relationship with man both historically and in current times and their population status. He will also point the way to future conservation.

Tuesday 11th April at 7.30pm in

The Parish Rooms, Market Square, Somerton,

Somerset TA11 7NB

Refreshments available.  Suitable for wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.

Members £2.50 Non-Members £3.00


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Wildlife Crime

Wildlife CrimePC Dave Pepper is a Wildlife Crimes Officer and will be giving the next talk to the Heart of the Levels group in the Parish Rooms Somerton at 7:30 on Tuesday 14 March.

He will talk about the prevalence of wildlife crime and the different forms that it can take (poaching, badger baiting etc).

He will also talk about the law relating to wildlife such as bats and breeding birds, finishing by telling us how we can assist the police with reporting crimes and the sort of details that would be wanted should we be faced with an incident.


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Group Visit to RSPB Reserve at Greylake

On the first day that snow fell on the Levels, some of the Heart of the Levels group visited Greylake bird reserve, guided by Mark Pollock and assisted closely by the RSPB reserve staff and volunteers. An entertaining morning followed with excellent views of wildfowl and waders including information on some of the other wildlife to be found there. An expanded description can be found on the link to Venetia Caine’s personal blog. Thanks to all who attended, guided us, and kept us entertained on a cold morning, and to Venetia for the photographs.

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Lytes Cary

This talk is given by George Holmes from Lytes Cary on the tricky balance between running a National Trust property for the public and running a farm.

The talk is held at the Parish Rooms in the centre of Somerton, starting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 21st February.


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An Evening with Mike Dilger follows the AGM

Mike-Dilger---2Saturday 19th November 2016, Queen’s College, Taunton

This year we are delighted to welcome wildlife presenter, Mike Dilger, from the BBC’s ‘The One Show’.  Mike will be giving an interactive and illustrated talk entitled ‘The Trials & Tribulations of a Wildlife Presenter’, which will take us through some of his favourite wildlife filming experiences from around the world, punctuated with some wonderful and amusing ancedotes.

With two degrees, one in Ecology and the other in Botany, and a life-long passion for Natural History, Mike has risen quickly in the world of presenting and is a regular face on BBC1’s The One Show and is also the co-presenter on ‘Natures Top 40’ BBC 2. He has been a presenter on the BBC’s ‘Autumnwatch’, ‘Springwatch’ and ‘Natures Calendar’, and is one of BBC 1’s ‘Inside Out’ presenting team.

(Mike’s talk will be preceded by Somerset Wildlife Trust’s AGM, which is open to members only)

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Come and Feel the Sun

On Tuesday 8th November at 7:30pm, Roger Dickey will be giving a talk on the wildlife of Ascension Island at the Parish Rooms, Market Place, Somerton.  The talk will culminate with the work currently been done to secure a Marine Protected Area for the island.


Tea an coffee will be available, disabled access is no problem and entry is £2.50 for SWT members and £3.00 for non members. All takings go to Somerset Wildlife Trust. We look forward to seeing you there.

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A Naturalist’s Year – Les Cloutman

Les Cloutman is a familiar name amongst Somerset’s naturalists and combines his extensive knowledge of wildlife in the county with its folklore. He’s going to bring the two together for a talk to be held in the Parish Rooms on Tuesday 11th October at 7:30 pm. For an entertaining evening, please come along.


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