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Saturday, July 28, 2007

"e" newsletter to members

Here is an example of how we try to communicate with as many of our local members as possible. This is a recent email to about 20% of our members. The details are also on our Diary blog. To receive our e newsletter all you need to do is send an email to: and ask to be added to the circulation list.

From: "David"
To: "Heart of the Levels Area Group"
Subject: Heart of the Levels Group news
Date: 27 July 2007 14:33

Heart of the Levels Group of Somerset Wildlife Trust.

27.07 News update sent to around 100 members and friends as blind copies (ref 01). For more information reply to this email.
Items in chronological order.

Dear all,
We hope you find some of these items of interest.

11th August 20:00 Somerset Moth Group. Breach Wood MOD ST425306 National moth Night. Meet at Cemetery south of High Ham and we will then be directed to this fine underecorded woodland site.
Extract from their web site: We organise field trips throughout the year and these are open to all. There is no charge and you don't have to have a moth trap to come along. They are a good opportunity to learn how to identify moths, use trapping equipment and meet like-minded people. We try to target interesting habitats with a range of exciting species.

More information here: http://


Sunday 12th August Somerset and Bristol Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

Programme of Guided Butterfly walks in Somerset in 2007

Sunday 12th August 2007 time tbc - Langport M.O.D. Rifle Ranges. Leader Tom Marlow

Meet at High Ham Cemetery at ST 425 306 to be escorted to the reserve. This is the morning after National Moth Night and the previous night's catch should be available for inspection. Target butterfly species: SWF, PH, WA.

More information here:


A training day for those who wish to find out more about running children and family friendly activities confidently

Thurs 6th Sept at Fyne Court or Sat 8th Sept at Carymoor


more information here:http://


Thursday 13th September. Heart of the Levels Group, AGM and talk on Somerset Otters by James Williams from the Somerset Otter Group.
The Group members take responsibility for a particular stretch of watercourse to record and monitor Otters. The group produces its own newsletter and is a branch of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

15 - 30 September is Climate Friendly Fortnight. The Climate Friends campaign is about encouraging everyone to get involved in taking action towards achieving a more climate friendly lifestyle. It's about celebrating the people who have already taken steps towards this, and encouraging others to take positive action too. More information at: and also at: for Somerset County Council.

Sunday 16th September from 10 to 4pm.This is the 2nd year of the Somerset Wildlife Trust open day for members at the Bishop's Palace, Wells.


October 6th SWT Annual Conference and AGM Saturday 6th October at Draycott Village Hall. 12 noon to 4.30 See next copy of magazine for details.


For more information about our group visit our web site and better still let us have your comments on our programme.

Read news from our group at:
Heart of the Levels Wildlife Group
(updated 20.07.07)
Diary of Events:
( updated 25.07.07)

To receive our e newsletter all you need to do is send an email to: and ask to be added to the circulation list.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Group events for August , September and October

Details of our programme and involvement in SWT events have been updated on our Diary blog. See link on this page.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Reports of events in June

June and July are very busy months for wildlife groups and there is a lot to record from activities we have been involved in. Brief notes in chronological order will be followed by a few photos.

9 and 10th June and overlooked last post was my sponsored walk in the Langport International Walking Festival. 10km on the 9th and 20km on the 10th raised around £100 for our group and the Trust. We tried to get publicity for the Trust and its difficult to gauge our success but the cash will be useful.

11th June. Our Group hosted a meeting of all Area Chairs in the Long Sutton Village Hall. Members of our committee provided tea and cakes for around 20 people including Council members of the SW Trust and Officers. This meeting happens three times a year and provides a chance for volunteers to exchange news and views and debate common problems with the Officers. It was quite a lively meeting with a number of actions to be followed up. We need to issue the minutes of the meeting soon.

23th June. Our visit to a reserve to see the Large Blue butterfly has already been reported in an earlier post.

26th June. Some time ago we had organised a trip to some local lakes to look for Dragonflies with an expert to guide us. Dr Mike Parr who also happens to be a member.
The weather wasn't kind for this visit and although it didn't rain ( only a little anyway) it was overcast and windy. We saw a fair number of Damselflies but none of the larger Dragonflies hoped for. Even so we spent an hour of so walking round the lake with enough interest to satisfy us but left us wanting more. Dr Parr generously offered to postpone the second part of the walk till the weather improved which we subsequently tried to organise but again beaten by the weather. See below for report dated 13th July.

Here are some photos - the best I could!

Some more to follow soon.