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Family Events

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.


Tuesday 24 January

come and hear the story of Prickles and about the work they do with these amazing little wild animals.

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Thursday 26 January

A return by Chris Sperring for a lively talk and discussion on the controversial topic of Beavers and re-wilding.

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Friday 27 January

Colin Ryall gives an illustrated talk on a recent visit to Guyana “the land of many rivers and Kaiteur Falls” which has some of the largest areas of pristine tropical rainforest remaining in South America.

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Wednesday 1 February

Since 1989, charity founder Pauline Kidner has been caring for orphaned badger cubs in her kitchen. Learn more about their secretive lifestyle and the many different characters Pauline has cared for and how today, more than ever, the fight to protect these animals continues.

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Sunday 5 February

Don Hurrell will lead a walk around the RSPB reserve at Ham Wall to view Winter birds. This walk will be suitable for inexperienced birdwatchers.

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Tuesday 7 February

Our South East Area Group will host an illustrated talk about Gorillas by naturalist and photographer, Helen Mugridge

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Friday 10 February - Saturday 11 February

Anita and Tom Harris are kindly opening their stunning garden for vistors to enjoy a walk through their snowdrop displays. Tea and homemade cake will be available to end the wonderful day.

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Saturday 11 February

A great opportunity to photograph see and learn more about thousands of wintering ducks, waders and other birds at RSPB Greylake.

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Monday 13 February

Help your local wildlife by removing litter from along the riverside. All equipment and guidance provided  by the Inland Waterways’ Volunteers.

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Tuesday 14 February

Join us and build your own bird box for free as part of National Nest Box Week. All materials provided.

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Wednesday 15 February

A wonderful illustrated talk on micro-moths.

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Thursday 16 February

Join Ollie the Otter and his friend as these characters perform and launch you on an exploration of the river. Enjoy reading the story of Ollie the Otter and Vern the Water Vole as you discover the hidden waterways and green spaces of Taunton. Great family fun (walk is 1.5km pram and wheelchair accessible). You may also like to join a craft workshop or enjoy The Lorax film. 

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Friday 17 February

Fantastic fables, wild tales and clay art to launch our new picture book about the wildlife of the River Tone.

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Saturday 18 February

For some of our wildlife, mid-February is the time to start the slow wake up to Spring; early flowers bloom, birds sing and, on a warm day, insects will be buzzing. Join Eve Tigwell for a walk around this lovely Somerset Wildlife Trust Reserve.

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Join us as we create a River of Light with willow lanterns and streamers followed by a fire performance, live music and food.

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Tuesday 21 February

A fun Pond Dipping experience at Steart Marsh with their experts uncovering the watery wonders of this special place. This is aimed particularly at young children and families but all are welcome.

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Sabine Peukert, Resource Protection Adviser at FWAG gives an illustrated insight into the project that aims to reduce flooding and help deliver the Somerset Flood Action Plan.

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George Holmes, ranger for several NT estates in Somerset describes how they are managed - balancing ecology, farming with the best possible visitor experience.

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Dave Cottle is the Honorary Warden of Kings Castle Wood. His illustrated talk will cover the history of the wood, the wildlife that you can see there throughout the year and the conservation issue involved in its management.

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Wednesday 22 February

We are holding a community fundraising day at Monks Yard, the café and restaurant at Horton Cross. Every month Monks Yard shares a day’s takings with a charity of their choice and their hard working staff. They say, “It is a small way of giving back to our local community”. 

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Thursday 23 February

Bryan Pinchen amazes us with the wildlife of the New Forest.

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Friday 24 February

Abbie Barnes, local film producer, wildlife campaigner and adventurer talk about the importance of “Spending More Time in the WILD” and about people taking more responsibility for their own physical and emotional well-being by getting outdoors.

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Tuesday 28 February

Steve Mewes, Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Policy and Campaigns Manager, will talk about the Hills to Levels project and what it has achieved and what the future holds for water management on the Levels.

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Wednesday 1 March

Paul Newman, member of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Reptiles & Amphibians Group. Want to increase wildlife interest in your garden? Have a pond!

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Tuesday 7 March

Talk about the diverse wildlife of Carymoor by Chief Executive Rupert Farthing.

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