SOMERSET WILDLIFE TRUST LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO CREATE A BUZZ AROUND BEES

Since the 1930s in the UK we’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows, and with them our critical pollinators such as bees and butterflies. To help reverse this decline, and to support the creation of a beautiful expanse of meadow to support Somerset’s bees and butterflies, Somerset Wildlife Trust has created the Perrymead Wildflower Project – which aims to harvest seed from flower rich areas and sow it on species poor areas to create enriched habitats to support more pollinators. Full story: Read more

Milestone membership for Frome Writers’ Collective 

AFTER ONLY THREE YEARS, Frome Writers’ Collective is celebrating its 100th member, widely acclaimed blues artist and lyricist Eddie Martin. Eddie, who lives in Frome with his wife, artist Nicky Knowles who has also joined the Collective, has spent 25 years touring the world and has kept detailed journals of his visits to the 30 countries he has played in either as a solo artist or as band leader. Full story: Read more

SOMERSET WILDLIFE TRUST’S WESTHAY MOOR RESERVE NOW HOME TO THE UK’S FIRST BREEDING PAIR OF NIGHT HERON ON RECORD

There is photographic confirmation that, for the first time in recorded history, a pair of Night Herons has bred in the UK. Two adults and two recently fledged juveniles are now roosting at Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, having either bred there or nearby on the Avalon Marshes site. The birds were captured on camera by Graham Hall and made their debut on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cosperwosper/35832665221/. Full Story: Read more

NEW COUNTRY FAIR ATTRACTIONS AND DOG SHOW COMPETITIONS AT 2017 CATTISTOCK COUNTRYSIDE SHOW

The Cattistock Countryside Show Committee have announced that they will be holding the 55th Cattistock Countryside Show on Sunday 6th August, 9am to 5pm. There are lots of new elements to the show again this year, which are hoped to appeal to the local community including vintage tractors, classic cars, skittles, traditional fete and bar games, tug of war, plant stalls, wellie wangin’,  local arts & crafts, clothing trade stands and a live band. Full story: Read more

College student closes in on £5,000 charity target for children’s hospital

Seventeen year old Tom Winchester from Bridgwater is gearing up for his final charity event as he aims to hit his £5,000 fundraising target for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC). Tom’s ‘Written in the Stars’ charity concert, featuring a live band, West End performers and a drag queen, will be held on Friday 1 September, 7:30pm at Bridgwater Town Hall. It is the finale of a fundraising journey that began last year to celebrate Tom’s 10 year anniversary of recovering from a life-threatening brain tumour. Full story: Read more