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Come and join us for a cup of coffee

The beating heart of Wedmore, The Swan is locally famous for its rustic charm and warm hospitality. This year, amid the rustic ambiance and friendly atmosphere, there is even more reason to step inside. On the second Friday of each month we manage Somerset's new Eel Cafe — a gathering place for eel enthusiasts and conservationists alike.

Supported by a diversity of voices, ranging from conservationists to lobbyists, educators to creative thinkers, the Somerset Eel Recovery Project's latest initiative offers a platform for meaningful dialogue and collective action. As patrons have their fill of tea and coffee and savour hearty pub fare, they engage in spirited discussions about the pressing issues facing eels and their habitats.

The Eel Cafe serves as a forum for knowledge exchange and friendly debate, with guest speakers and experts sharing insights into the challenges confronting eels and potential solutions for their conservation. From habitat degradation and pollution to overfishing and climate change, the cafe provides a forum to explore the multifaceted complexities of the eel issue.

But the Eel Cafe is more than just an opportunity to get together — it's a catalyst for change. With the support of the Somerset Eel Recovery Project, patrons are empowered to take action through hands-on involvement in local conservation efforts and campaigns. Whether participating in rope making workshops, monitoring eel populations, or advocating for policy change, you will be introduced to the myriad ways we are working to make a tangible difference from the bottom up.

At The Swan, the spirit of community runs deep, fostering connections that transcend boundaries and ignite a shared passion for environmental stewardship. As patrons come together over a shared love for eels and a commitment to their protection, friendships are forged, alliances are strengthened, and our hopes for the future restored.

So, whether you're a seasoned conservationist or simply curious about the eel issue, local or from a far-flung corner of the Summer County, we invite you to join us at the Eel Cafe at The Swan. Together, let's raise a glass to the resilience of these remarkable creatures and the collective efforts to ensure their survival for generations to come.


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