We have loads of great wildlife events for adults, kids and families in Somerset. Hopefully the list below will give you lots of ideas for things to do, and give you more information about the interesting and fun activities you can take part in. Take a look at what's on below.
Trouble finding your way?
Because some of our events and things to do are held in the wilds of Somerset they include a grid reference as a meeting point - post codes are too imprecise. To see the location for the activity on a map go to Street Map and type in the grid reference (e.g. ST456437 no spaces.) If you zoom out you will first see the OS Explorer and Landranger maps which have more detail and then larger scale maps. Go to Street Map now.
Thursday 22 February
Join Somerset Wildlife Trust for a stroll around the River Tone looking out for the wildlife that lives there. The walk will take around half an hour and will cover just over 1km. This will be a gentle walk with regular stops along the way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.
Charles MacKay MBE works with the UK Border Agency in combating the illegal trade in wildife. He will tell us about graphic examples of some smuggling cases in which he has been involved.
Friday 23 February
John Walters ecologist, wildlife illustrator and film-maker will present an exploration of the wonderful variety of wildlife in Devon. The south coast's tompot blennies, pipefish and squat lobsters of the rockpools. Amazing display of the male rufous grasshopper and snail shell nesting bees on the undercliff. Dippers, goosanders and mandarin ducks in the river valleys. Heaths and moors include potter wasps moulding nests from mud, the world's largest slug with its bizarre mating habits. Cuckoos duping meadow pipits to raise their young.
Saturday 24 February
We’re looking for volunteers to help us manage the old SWT reserve at Asham Wood, Mendip’s largest and most biodiverse ancient semi-natural woodland. Training in coppicing work will be provided by a local coppicer and you can brush up your skills in this ancient technique.
This event is now fully booked - sorry for any inconvenience. It may seem a long way off but Spring will soon be on the minds of our urban and garden birds and it won’t be long before they start looking for nests in which to lay their eggs. So, at our next meeting, we will be helping them in their mission by building bird boxes that you can take home to put up in your garden. We will also be going on a walk around Longrun Meadow, looking for some of the different birds that make Taunton their home and maybe some other bird themed activities.
Sunday 25 February
Stunning display of hellebores and an abundance of spring flowers will be found at this wonderful garden. There are many places to sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of the nature found here.
Tuesday 27 February
Mike is a well-known and popular local speaker having given talks all around Somerset and Dorset with the occasional excursion to foreign parts like Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire and North Somerset.
Sunday 4 March
Join us for a day learning why ponds are important, and how making new ones has an almost immediate effect on local biodiversity. John Dickson, (Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group) will discuss basic pond ecology, construction, planting, management techniques, site selection and some brief guidance on planning and legal considerations. We'll also visit two pond creations in the afternoon.
It could be Snowdrops or it could be Daffodils; everything deopends on the weather. Come along and get to know this lovely SWT Reserve better and to see what’s about with Mick Ridgard.