Links to other sites

 

ORGANISATIONS DEALING WITH LOCAL WILDLIFE AND VOLUNTEERING

Backwell Environment Trust   BET was founded in 2004 to protect and preserve the beautiful countryside surrounding the historic village of Backwell, North Somerset. The Trust presently owns and manages two nature reserves comprising nearly 22 acres in area. Both reserves contain many rare and endangered species and have a facinating history dating back at least 5,000 years

BRERC   Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre – central repository for biodiversity and goediversity date for the West of England

Land Yeo Friends Maintains and enhances the river Land Yeo in Clevedon, North Somerset

Nailsea Environment & Wildlife Trust  aims to restore the wildlife potential and biodiversity of the land at Moorend Spout that it owns.

Tree Life Centre  A community tree nursery where volunteers collect seed from local native trees and wildflowers, cultivate them and sell them on or plant them out. The Centre can also supply teams to undertake tree planting, woodland management and other conservation tasks, at very reasonable rates.

Trust for Conservation Volunteers   reclaiming green places since 1959

YABeeP    A local bee project centred on Yatton, North Somerset, whose  aim is to provide peer support to individuals and families who want to encourage both wild and honey bees and maybe keep bees themselves.

 INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIES

Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARGUK).  A representative body for the network of over 60 dedicated Amphibian and Reptile Groups (ARGs) based in England, Scotland, Wales & N Ireland. The aim of ARG UK is to promote the conservation of native amphibian and reptiles by supporting the work of the ARGs. The website has a local groups page, with details of a Somerset group.

Buglife – Conserving the small things that run the world!

iSpot Learn more about wildlife and get help identifying what you have seen.

Nature Detectives  This website is part of the Woodland Trust and provides lots of nature activities for children according to the season.

Yacwag’s Treasured Trees Trees planted for the Queen’s Daimond Jubilee in 2012.

UK Safari   Use the “Identify It” section of UK Safari to discover what that bird, bug, animal, fungus, caterpillar, lichen, fish, plant, tree, gall, spider, monster or whatever thing you just found really is.

 Other useful links

Big Lottery Fund

Chris Sperring MBE    Chris is a Naturalist and Broadcaster, as well as a Conservation Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust, this website provides contact information and news updates about Chris and his work.

Congresbury Village Website

East Somerset Railway   The line opened to Shepton Mallet on Tuesday 9 November 1858 and was extended to Wells in 1862. In 1870 the line reached Yatton through the Cheddar Valley. Built as a broad gauge line it connected Whitham to Yatton passing through Wanstrow, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet and Wells. By 1892 it was converted to standard gauge. It is still known locally as “The Strawberry Line” as it carried the fruit grown in the Cheddar valley to the fruit markets of London.

North Somerset Wildlife & Nature Photography   One of our members with a passion for nature photography, Higgy, has set up this website sharing his experiences with a page for local sightings, tips on how and where wildlife locally and a link to his Yatton wildlife garden project.

Strawberry Line  The Strawberry Line is a project aimed at converting the old railway line from Clevedon to Cranmore into a network of safe paths for both walkers and cyclists, families and residents to enjoy.

Strawberry Line Cafe

Yatton Community Website

Yatton Rotary Club   Help us with stewarding at our public events and have also helped us with clearing vegetation along the Strawberry Line.

YCCCART Yatton, Congresbury, Cleeve and Claverham Archaeological Research Team.

Avon Wildlife Trust

National Trust

Mendip Society  Caring for the Mendip Hills.

Standbrook Guides  Residents’ Handbook