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Events & Shows

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.


Sunday 28 May - Saturday 29 July

The Wild Edge Gallery's new exhibition called 'wildest Somerset' is now open.  Works include paintings by Jim Starr (who has recently produced work featured in BBC's The Apprentice), sculptures by Ian Marlow and April Young, photography from Suzanne Easton and drawing and paintings by Erica Sharpe.

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Saturday 17 June - Sunday 25 June

Taunton Wildlife Week 2017Come and enjoy a week full of fantastic free wildlife events based around the green spaces of Taunton. From fishing and wild art to a river safari and wildlife photography there is something for everyone. A chance to explore the outdoors.

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Friday 23 June

Come along to a litter pick with a difference. For this event we are inviting people to bring along their dogs for the session. We will be removing litter from the area and afterwards we will have tea, cake and doggy biscuits (for our four legged friends). It’s a chance for dog owners to help keep Longrun a beautiful place for people and dogs alike and to socialise.

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Come find out more about the bats that live around Longrun Meadow and French Weir Park. You'll have the chance to see and hear these fascinating creatures and find out more about how they navigate and feed in the dark. The finish time will be dependent on the weather - and the bats!

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Saturday 24 June

Come along to a fantastic day of fun at French Weir, with Family Fishing, Art in the park and Brilliant Butterflies.

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No Harry Potter potions but definitely some wildlife magic to be found at  at this fun family event  which offers a range of nature activities.  You can  try your hand at pond dipping,  or search  for hidden mini-beasts and examine them with the help of experts  under a microscope.  There will also be lots of other really fun craft activities too to include making ladybird masks.  Don’t miss out on this brilliant session for kids and parents.

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Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25 June

Hillcrest is a 5 acre garden with so many special places within it that everyone can find a perfect spot to sit and contemplate. The lawn is the most formal part of the garden but is perfect for cartwheels!

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Saturday 24 June

This SWT Reserve has been shaped by centuries of lead mining; join Mick Ridgard to explore it, and the adjacent Blackmoor Nature Reserve and Nether Wood, for a range of butterflies and less common plants.

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Sunday 25 June

Join us for a walk in the Coleford part of the Mells Valley, where most of the fields are traditional meadows or pastures. At this time of year there will be a wide variety of wildflowers and butterflies to see. Our route will also take us through riverside woodland and along a couple of sections of the never completed Dorset and Somerset Canal. With Veryan and Andy Conn, local wildlife enthusiasts, who walk the area regularly.

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Let your creative juices flow, have a go at wild poetry and story telling.

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Saturday 1 July

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Magnificent Meadows team for a guided walk through the meadows at Chancellors Farm.

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Join us to celebrate National Meadows Day and explore the wealth of wildlife at our Bishops Meadow reserve. 

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James Riall will lead a guided walk around Westhay Moor NNR introducing people to the bumblebees of Somerset Wildlife Trust's flagship reserve.

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Folly Farm is Avon Wildlife Trust’s 250-acre nature reserve located in the Chew Valley, with views of the Mendip Hills and Chew Valley Lake. Native bluebells bloom in the ancient woodlands in spring and undisturbed wildflower meadows burst into colour in summer. 

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Join Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Magnificent Meadows team and a watercolour tutor for an arty afternoon - bring your sketchbook or paints and see if you can capture the flowers, colours, wildlife and breathtaking views across the meadows.

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Sunday 2 July

Ball Copse Hall has one of the most breathtaking views in the county. The enormous sky stretches over the Quantock and Polden hills with Brent Knoll to the side. It is understandable as to why it was chosen as a military hospital in the war as the hope was that the views would heal everything!

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Wednesday 5 July

Somerset Wildlife Trust are running two Family Forest School sessions in Asham Woods this summer for children living in East Mendip, with generous support from Hanson UK’s community fund. Come along to have a go at den-building, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting, campfire cooking, songs and stories.

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Saturday 8 July

Come and meet the dragonflies that call Catcott Nature Reserve home, including a guided walk and pond dipping for the kids. Find out what makes these aerial invertebrates masters of the sky. 

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Sunday 9 July

Model Farm is a beautiful 4 acre garden that has been lovingly created in the last 7 years. Owners David and Roz planted 700 trees and a wild flower meadow as well as numerous stunning flower beds.

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Monday 10 July

The artist Lydia Needle has crafted fifty ‘bee pieces’ in wool, to which fifty invited artists and makers have responded to the biodiversity of each bee. Surrounded by the exhibition, Lydia will talk about the exhibit's creation and the interconnectedness of all things….This talk is part of Somerton Festival.

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Thursday 13 July

Join in a guided walk around Longrun Meadow and see what wildflowers can be found.

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Sunday 16 July

Come along with Eve Tigwell for a leisurely stroll on this spectacular hill to see orchids, other summer flowers, a wide range of butterflies and other insects. Birds should be active, and there are great countryside views!

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Tuesday 18 July

Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury Sub Mendip after dark with expert Peter Bright.

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Thursday 20 July

Following the May 9th talk on Glow worms in Somerton we will look for Glow worms in and around Somerton.

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Saturday 22 July

Join us at our Westhay Reserve and let your creative juices flow. This brilliant family event has lots of opportunities for kids of all ages (and their parents!) to get wildly crafty at this jewel of a wetland reserve. You’ll be able to paint a finger print tree, make a buzzing bee finger puppet, create a sticky nature crown or fashion a glitter tattoo.  There’s also a chance to get to know the wonderful wildlife of Westhay a little better.

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