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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.

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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 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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Saturday 29 July

A return visit to Liz and Carl Earl's wildlife-friendly garden at Fulwood House, Winsham. Mark Fletcher hopes to set Moth traps to give an introduction to this interesting subject.

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If you’ve always enjoyed spotting our feathered friends, but want to to progress your identification skills a little further, then this event is for you.   During this session, with the help of some more seasoned birders, you will be able to find out all there is to know about the birds that call  Westhay Moor home – one of the UK’s most reknowned locations for wetland birds. You will pick up some useful skills to make the most of your binoculars and go away being able to identify many bird species.  There will also be a nature trail, craft activities and games too, so all the family are welcome.

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Friday 4 August - Saturday 5 August

Come along to see us at this year’s Flower show. We will be face painting, dressing up and creating colourful creatures from clay and stones.

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Saturday 5 August

The day will start off with talking about the different methods of grassland restoration, followed by a practical demonstration of how to approach restoration, using green hay and/or harvested wildflower seed. We will then also look to identify some of the local wildflower species. Read more...

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Monday 7 August

Celebrate National Marine Week with us and explore the seashore at Minehead to look for the weird and wonderful creatures that live there! All equipment will be provided and our experts will be on hand to help identify what you find.

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Wednesday 9 August

Celebrate National Marine Week with us! Come and meet colourful crabs, amazing anemones and other cool creatures living in the rockpools at Helwell Bay! All equipment will be provided and our experts will be on hand to help identify what you find.

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Friday 11 August

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

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We’re joining Friends of Burnham Beach and Litter Free Somerset to show our shore some love. Help to protect the coast and our amazing marine wildlife by removing litter. Equipment provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring weather appropriate gear.

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Saturday 12 August

This wonderful event is an opportunity to lift the lid on the amazing world of bees, butterflies and dragonflies, and come away with new knowledge and love for the amazing species you’ll find on the wing in Somerset. There will be the chance to go on a guided walk to discover more about the world of pollinators and insects and why it’s critical that we protect them. Plus, a range of fun and eductional activities to provide a lovely Summer’s day event for all the family. 

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Hurlstone Point is one of the best places in Somerset to spot marine mammals. Spend a morning on the cliffs with experts from Somerset Wildlife Trust, watching out for porpoises and seabirds, and learn more about our wonderful coast and its wildlife.

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A guided walk with Deon Warner to learn about the many dragonflies and butterflies to be found at RSPB Greylake in high summer.

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Friday 18 August

Who Lives along and in the River Tone? Come and find out. Join us for an interactive walk along the River Tone, learning the story of Ollie the Otter and the other creatures that live there.

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Tuesday 22 August

A walk around the Bishops Palace Moat in Wells with local bat expert Dave Cottle and members of the Somerset Bat Group. Learn how to use a bat detector to identify different species, and fascinating facts about bats.

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Thursday 24 August

Come and join Somerset Wildlife Trust at Clark’s Village for a Busy Buzzy Bee Day! There will be bees hiding around the village and we need them counted, so join the wildlife trail and see if you can find them! Then afterwards, there will be wildlife crafts for you to do too…See you then! Buzzzzzz buzzzzzz!!!

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Friday 25 August

A fun sensory session of interactive activities focussing on the five senses, sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Close your eyes and listen for the sounds of the wildlife around you, and collect materials to mash up and make smelly cocktails! Plus lots of other nature fun and activities to enjoy. 

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Monday 28 August

This Bank holiday unleash your love for wildlife and join in with our family activities from nature trails to wildlife crafts. Perhaps you would like to go on the search for bugs and examine them closely under a microscope. Or you would like to take a gentle wonder on a wildlife walk.

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Sunday 3 September

A walk with Tony House and Simon Wiltshire (Biodiversity & Environmental Officer) round the largest working man-made hole in Europe - also a wildlife haven and nesting site for Peregrines, Ravens, Sparrowhawks and Buzzards and home to many other birds, butterflies, Otters and wildflowers.

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Tuesday 5 September

Illustrated Wildlife Talk. Further details to be made available shortly on the website.

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Wednesday 6 September

Join Francis Farr-Cox and find out why Britain's spiders are fascinating, not terrifying.

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Saturday 9 September

SWT are running two Family Forest School sessions in Asham Wood this summer, with generous support from Hanson UK’s community fund, and led by Freya Morgan from Spindle Tree Learning.  ​​​​​Come along to have a go at den-building, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting, campfire cooking, songs and stories. Enjoy some quality family time in this beautiful ancient woodland.

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Come and learn about observing bats with members of the Somerset Bat Group.

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Monday 11 September

Hedgehogs are declining in numbers. Jules Bishop of the Prickles Hedgehog Rescue describes their work.

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Tuesday 19 September

Speakers will cover various aspects of meadow management, looking at what the Magnificent Meadows project has achieved, an example of meadow creation and a view on how we monitor the health of our grasslands.

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