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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A hidden treasure

I would be the first to admit that Langport Water Treatment Works in the parish of Curry Rivel is not my first port of call for a day’s bird watching but… Once again it has excelled with the number of fully fledged Grey Wagtails (shown here) and also Pied Wagtails and currently it is the favoured spot for a bit of pre-migration fattening-up for Chiffchaffs, Swallows and House Martins. Worth a look and a nice stroll down a peaceful country lane.


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Curry Rivel’s Natural Health Service

How healthy is Curry Rivel’s natural environment? What makes the village a good place to live? Our parish is blessed with amazing natural surroundings, with sites of county, national and even international significance, which make the village an interesting, stimulating and  relaxing place to live. We would like to find out more about what’s around us, and we are inviting you to join in our search.

We are a group of villagers who are interested in the natural environment. We don’t have a group name yet, but here are some of the things that we would like to do:

  • Map what is around us
  • Provide information to help with responses to planning applications
  • Share our  local knowledge

And here are some of the ways that we will do that:

  • Put a map on the Curry Rivel website, showing where the interesting plants and animals are
  • Ask people in the village to use their eyes and ears to help
  • Explore links with the Somerset Wildlife Trust


We are starting by focussing on hedgehogs. Do they occur in our parish? Are they increasing/decreasing in number? Please help us start by sending details of any sightings, alive or dead, in Curry Rivel parish in June or  July, with the place and time, to David German, at: davidgerman555@gmail.com.

We also invite you to join our group too. For more info call Catherine Mowat or Matt Geen on 01458 250655 or David German on 259688

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Compton Dundon Walk to the Beacon

On Thursday evening (26th May) we will be walking from the Castlebrook Inn car park to the top of Dundon Beacon where SWT guides will inform us of the origins and purpose of the Beacon and see some of the wildlife that surrounds it.

The walk starts at 6:30 pm and lasts about 2 hours. It is unsuitable for wheelchairs.  No booking required and dogs may be brought if they are kept on leads.

Come and meet for a pre-walk drink beforehand or after the event.  To see further details click on the link below.

0276RES – Dundon Beacon WildWalk Poster

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Babcary Meadows Walk Sunday 15th May at 2pm

We are keeping a very close eye on the weather over the next week as it is having an effect on the rate of growth of orchids.  At the moment there is very little to see at Babcary Meadows which is surprising considering the spectacular sight this time last year.

For those who have already given their names to Bill Murray who is organising the walk, you will receive a phone call or e-mail closer to the day to say whether it is worth turning up.

Bill’s details are on the SWT web site but to those who need his e-mail address, it is:


Babcary Meadows 11 May 14 014

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Looking After Somerset

How the Wildlife Trust Manage Their Reserves


Tim Youngs is the SWT Reserves Manager and he describes what’s involved in managing the Trust’s reserves with particular reference to those in and near The Poldens.

Thursday February 25th at 7.30pm

The Parish Rooms, Market Square, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7NB

Refreshments available prior to the talk. Suitable for wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.

Members £2.50  Non Members £3.00.



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Barn Owls in Somerset


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