Eyes on Wildlife

The Eyes on Wildlife weekend is a new initiative, hosted by the Polden Wheel churches, to celebrate the wildlife of the Somerset Levels.

It will start with An evening with Dominic Couzens, a well-known nature writer who has written many books and articles, who will give a talk called Birds behaving badly. (See here for Dominic's web-page). The evening, which will be at Burtle Village Hall, will include a full supper.

For more details and to book, go here.

Throughout the weekend there will be a wildlife photography exhibition at Shapwick Church. The exhibiton will be free to enter, and there will be cafe running in the church at the same time (Friday and Saturday: 11 to 5; Sunday: 2.30 to 5.). Some of the best local wildlife photographers will be exhibiting, including Carl Bovis, James Cawte, Kim Hemmings, Chris Hooper, Andrew Kirby and Simon Lewis.

If you would like your best photos of Somerset wildlife to be included, then please send up to three hardcopy photos (preferably around 8" x 10" in size) to the address here.

On the Saturday evening there will be a Muddy Church - an outdoor version of Messy Church - which will take place at the west end of Shapwick Heath nature reserve.

For the early risers on the Sunday morning, there will be a birding walk led by Alison Everitt, who has led many walks for the Somerset Ornithological Society. This will be followed by a full cooked breakfast at Ashcott village hall.

The services on Sunday will be in a Celtic style, and will focus on God's creation. These will be at 10:30 at the church in Chilton Polden, and at 6:30 at the Ashcott playing field.

To book for the evening with Dominic Couzens and the walk + breakfast please email either Alison Everett (above) or the address here: