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Organisations known to run events in and around the Mendip Hills are listed below. Please click on the links for their latest events information:

Avon Wildlife Trust – The largest membership-based wildlife organisation in the area, dedicated to promoting and protecting wildlife. Their vision is of local landscapes richer in wildlife, delivering a better quality of life for all. Their mission is to inspire people about wildlife, act as a wildlife champion, create wildlife havens, and encourage sustainable living.

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers – The charity was set up in 1959, and has a successful history of environmental conservation volunteering throughout the UK and around the world. Working with and supporting BTCV can be a rewarding experience for corporate partners, the Government, Big Lottery Fund, local authorities, government agencies such as English Nature and individual donors. Will you support BTCV? As a charity, BTCV relies heavily on voluntary donations. The work they do is only made possible by people like you – people who want to make a difference to their community and environment.

Cam Valley Wildlife Group is an independent, volunteer-run, wildlife group based around Midsomer Norton and Radstock. Contact: Helena Crouch 01761 410731

Newsletter 81 Winter 2017

Hawk and Owl Trust – The Hawk and Owl Trust was founded in 1969 because of concerns about the alarming decline in numbers of Peregrines and other raptors.

April 2017 Newsletter

Winter and Summer Programme 2017-2018

Mendip SocietyEvents Calendar

Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers – Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers are a group of volunteers who carry out practical conservation work on local nature reserves. They are a mixed group of people of all ages and backgrounds. They encourage the help of people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme qualifications, and Millennium Volunteers.

Somerset Earth Science Centre – Activities can be based at the Centre building, one of the spectacular operating Mendip quarries, or in a wooded valley, Vallis Vale. Safety is an important part of our work. When taking students, of any age, on fieldwork, safety must be a high priority. On quarry visits, safety is even more vital.

Somerset Wildlife Trust – Somerset Wildlife Trust has more than 19,000 members and this site features the latest news on environmental issues in the county, as well as educational resources, contact information and lists of upcoming events.

Wells and Mendip Museum Find out how to visit us and how to volunteer. Keep up to date with future exhibitions. Newsletter 39 Mar-Apr 2017

Westbury Society

Saturday 7th January
Westbury Wassail
6pm at Old Ditch Farm

Tickets in advance from the shop: £6 adult, £12 family
Tickets on the gate: £7 adult, £14 family

Bring a torch, wear boots, and dress for the weather.
Organised by Westbury Friendly Society

Thursday 26th January
Westbury Society meeting:
Medieval disputes between Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey
The ancient rivalry between Abbots and Bishops
with Alan Rowntree

7.30pm Village Hall
Adults £2, under 16 free

Westbury 2017 Calendar – There are still a few calendars left in the shop. £6 – grab one before they’re gone. All profits go to the shop.

Dates for your diary:
16th February
– Roman & medieval Cheddar rediscovered, with Richard McConnell
16th March – Mendip Ponds Restration project, with Trevor Beebee
20th April – 200 years of the Westbury Friendly Society, with Sylvia Healey

Woodspring Ramblers – Full programme of walks and social events for the Woodspring Ramblers is available from Programme Secretary, David, 01934 513260 or email

YACWAG (Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group)