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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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:

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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