We are hosting a series of events, round-table discussions, guided walks and celebrations, all aimed at informing and building support for a collective vision for the Levels and Moors. We are learning what local people and businesses think would create a brighter, prosperous and more resilient future for the Levels.

For more information on any of the Hills to Levels events please email Steve Mewes on steve.mewes@rspb.org.uk

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More events to be announced soon.

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Details of previous events:

Tuesday 8 November – ‘Growing Maize in Somerset’ with Ben Thorne & Jo Oborn from FWAG SW and Roy Hayes of Natural England

Somerset Young Farmers Club, Westonzoyland, TA7 0LN- 7pm start – Free entrance, tea & coffee available.

Hear about the latest techniques for growing this valuable crop without the side effects of surface run off and soil degradation.

Tuesday 25 October – ‘Slow the Flow’ talk with Nigel Hester from the National Trust Holnicote Estate

High Ham Village Hall, High Ham, TA10 9DA – 7pm start – Free entrance, tea & coffee available

Nigel will be discussing how flooding issues are being tackled on Holnicote’s part of Exmoor.

Wednesday 12 October 2016 – Farming the Levels Today

Royal Bath & West of England Society Trustee, Anthony Gibson OBE will chair a panel discussion ‘Farming the Levels Today’ from 7pm on Wednesday 12 October at Burrowbridge Coronation Hall (TA7 0RH).

Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to agriculture and rural economy of the South West.  He was with the NFU for over thirty-five years and remains very active in farming and Somerset Levels flooding issues. An accomplished broadcaster and journalist, Anthony also writes for the Western Morning News.

He is a member of Council and Chairman of Orchards and Cider at the Royal Bath and West of England Society.

Tuesday 6 September 2016 – Water Management

All Saints Hall, Langport (TA10 9RQ), Tuesday 6 September 7pm,  John Rowlands of the Environment Agency discussed Water Management.

John has worked for the Environment Agency (EA) and its predecessors for 37 years. Starting as a land drainage operative in the Thames area, he moved to Somerset in December 2000.  He is currently working as a special advisor delivering EA work streams linked to the Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan.

Wednesday 24 August 2016 – Hills To Levels Family Photography Day with Iain Green

SWT Westhay Nature Reserve car park, BA6 9TX. FREE EVENT

Come along to learn more about nature and photography with professional wildlife photographer, naturalist and author, Iain Green in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Thursday 28 July 2016 – Hills To Levels Family Photography Day with Iain Green

RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve car park, BA6 9SX.  FREE EVENT

Come along to learn more about nature and photography with professional wildlife photographer, naturalist and author, Iain Green in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

Monday 20 June 2016 – Exploring The Floodplain Meadows

Bagehot Gardens behind Langport Town Hall

What is special about the Somerset Levels and Moors, what wildlife is found here, and how is the land and water managed? Catherine Mowat is a professional Ecologist currently on a Floodplains Ambassador programme with the Open University, and she will take you on a guided stroll around the fields near Langport. This free event is part of the Hills to Levels series of events and talks.

17 May 2016 – History of Flooding in the Somerset Levels

Professor Stephen Poole from the University of the West of England was at Huish Episcopi Academy  on Tuesday 17 May

5 May 2016 – Somerset Levels – World Class Wetlands

Naturalist, author and TV producer, Stephen Moss spoke at Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory.

26 April 2016 – The Nature of the Levels

Othery Village Hall Tuesday 26 April 2016, Mark Robins of the RSPB discussed the nature of the Levels

19 April 2016 – Archaeology of the Brue Valley

Richard Brunning of the South West Heritage Trust spoke at Shapwick Village Hall on Tuesday 19 April.

8 March 2016 – Water Management

Somerset Drainage Board Consortium’s Phil Brewin discussed water management in The Old School Room at Curry Rivel.

1 March 2016 – Lost Islands of The Parrett & Tone

Richard Brunning of the South West Heritage Trust was speaking at Great Bow Wharf in Langport on Tuesday 1 March.

20 – 26 July 2015 – National Countryside Week

Organisations around the UK will be holding events to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.   For information on the events or to find out more about the achievements and projects supported by the fund visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk

4 July 2015 – EA Community Open Day at Bradney Depot

The Environment Agency is holding a Community Open Day at Bradney Depot with tours arranged to various pumping stations around the levels.  Members from the Hills to Levels team will be on hand to discuss the project and what it means for the Somerset Moors and Levels.

27 May 2015 – 2.00pm Official Launch of the Hills to Levels Project

Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, President of The Royal Bath and West of England Society will be officially launching the Hills to Levels project along with Trustees and players from People’s Postcode Lottery.

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