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Monthly Archives: March 2017

HOW MANY OF BRITAIN’S WILD MAMMALS HAVE YOU SEEN?

HOW MANY OF BRITAIN’S WILD MAMMALS HAVE YOU SEEN?

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling on Somerset volunteers to answer this question by taking part in their annual Living with Mammals survey, which asks the public to record sightings of Britain’s wild mammals over a 13-week period, starting on Monday 3 April 2017.

Now in its 15th year, PTES’ Living with Mammals survey relies on members of the public volunteering their time for a few weeks between Monday 3 April and the end of June. Volunteers are required to choose a site close to their home or place of work, and to spend a short time each week looking out for wild mammals or the signs they leave behind. Volunteers can record their sightings online or via paper forms.

David Wembridge, Surveys Officer at PTES, explains: ‘Living with Mammals provides a nationwide picture of how wildlife is faring in our towns and cities. Recording wildlife and tracking how numbers are changing is key to ongoing efforts to conserve it. One thing to come out of this survey is the surprising number of different mammals present in urban areas. Some are only rare visitors to our gardens and parks, but if we can encourage that diversity, it’s a good indication of the natural health of our towns and cities.’

Last year, grey squirrels were recorded at seven out of every ten sites (69.4%), making them the most commonly reported wild mammal in the survey. But grey squirrels are just one of the 28 wild mammal species that have been recorded during Living with Mammals. Over the survey’s 15-year history, mammal sightings range from smaller species such as wood mice, water voles and hedgehogs, to much larger species including deer, badgers, foxes and otters.

To take part in PTES’ 2017 Living with Mammals survey, register online at www.ptes.org/living-with-mammals/

If you want to support PTES’ ongoing conservation work, you can donate £3 by texting ‘PTES17 £3’ to 70070.

Images left to right, from top: Hedgehog, Rabbit, Otter, Badger, Fallow Deer, Fox, Pine Marten, Bank Vole, Red Squirrel, Wood Mouse, Grey Squirrel, Harvest Mouse, Water Vole, Hazel Dormouse, Roe Deer, American Mink & Bechstein’s Bat.

UPDATE ON TRAIN DERAILMENT AND WEEKEND SERVICES

UPDATE ON TRAIN DERAILMENT AND WEEKEND SERVICES

Following the freight train derailment between Castle Cary and Westbury: Network Rail have today confirmed that the line will re-open at 2200 tomorrow, Friday (24 March). Services will therefore operate normally from Saturday (25 March). However: additional improvement work will take place between Reading and Paddington this Sunday, 26 March. This will allow Network Rail… Continue Reading

CELEBRATING CATS

CELEBRATING CATS

CELEBRATING CATS, a photographic competition in aid of St Mary’s Church, Bruton. Easter Monday, 17 April, 3–5pm. Refreshments. Jocelyn Crawford, 812 333 or jocelyncrawford@hotmail.co.uk. Start taking your photos of your cat(s) now! Photos must be A4 or smaller. Put on the back: – Name of participant – Contact number or email address – Name of… Continue Reading

THE CRAFT 4 CRAFTERS SHOW

THE CRAFT 4 CRAFTERS SHOW

Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet Thursday 6–Saturday 8 April 10am–5pm 100 leading craft supply businesses, groups & guilds 75 workshops, demonstrations and Make & Takes Restaurants, cafés and free car parking £8 adult, £7 concession, under 16s free Advance tickets: 03453 040 222 Continue Reading

MINDFULNESS FOR DAILY LIVING

MINDFULNESS FOR DAILY LIVING

Six-week course, Tuesdays 7.30–9pm starting 18 April Venue: Bruton School for Girls This Six-week Introductory Training in Mindfulness will teach you to develop a focused and embodied attention, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a greater sense of ease and wellbeing. You will learn a variety of mindfulness meditations and practical ways to integrate mindfulness into daily… Continue Reading

UPTONOGOOD CIDER LAUNCH BAGS A BRILLIANT SPONSOR

UPTONOGOOD CIDER LAUNCH BAGS A BRILLIANT SPONSOR

Upton Noble is gearing up for its second Uptonogood Cider launch on 15 April. Following a highly successful inaugural fixture last Easter, the event now boasts a new title sponsor in award-winning Batcombe pub The Three Horseshoes, while the popular Somerset Paddies will once again be providing the musical entertainment. ‘The Cider Launch is an… Continue Reading

Sale of Garden, home and D.I.Y Tools

Saturday 25 March Castle Cary Market House, 9am to 12pm. Wide selection of refurbished and nearly-new tools and equipment. Something for everyone – Guaranteed! vintage tools and curios. Secateurs, shears, spades, forks, carpentry tools and much, much more. In aid of ‘Tools for Self Reliance’, a charity which provides tools and training for projects in… Continue Reading

BRUTON DUB CLUB AT CARYFORD HALL, CASTLE CARY

BRUTON DUB CLUB AT CARYFORD HALL, CASTLE CARY

The Bruton Dub Club is launching its first ever event at Caryford Hall, Castle Cary, with an amazing line-up of London and local talent on 25 March. The club was formed two and half years ago in Bruton by music enthusiasts Matt Runacre and Phil Harry with the aim of bringing new music to the… Continue Reading

CERAMICS EXHIBITION

A tremendous exhibition of ceramics, Material: Earth, is on at Messum’s Barn in Tisbury until 1 May. Artists include such world-famous names as Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Grayson Perry, Edmund de Waal and Elizabeth Fritsch, among many others. Further information: info@messumswiltshire.com or 01747 445 042. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury SP3 6LW. Continue Reading

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