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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.

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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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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!

We regret that this event has had to be cancelled, we appologise for any inconvenience caused.

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The project is aiming to restore 14 ponds as Great Crested Newt habitat by autumn 2017

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Tuesday 7 March

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

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Sunday 12 March

Would you like to help restore coppicing management to an area of ancient woodland in East Mendip?

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We are looking for volunteers to help us manage our Asham wood, Mendip’s largest and most biodiverse ancient semi-natural woodland, with support from the owners of the site.

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Tuesday 14 March

Nick Tomlinson will talk about the achievements of the project and its legacy for wildlife and people around Taunton.

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PC Dave Pepper, Wildlife Crimes Ofcer gives a broad ranging talk covering the prevalence of wildlife crime in the county and the different forms that it can take.

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Wednesday 15 March

The Wolves and Humans Foundation is a registered charity originally formed in 1985 as the Wolf Society of Great Britain and is the longest established wolf conservation organisation in the UK.

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Saturday 18 March

Cycling at Shapwick – Get your bikes out of the shed and join our West Mendip Watch Club for a family friendly bike ride on the beautiful Somerset Levels. The terrain is on cycle paths and largely flat.

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Sunday 19 March

Another chance to walk around this large, private mill pond and fishing lake with Tony House. There are resident Otters and plenty of other wildlife, plus the fantastic Grotto. We then walk to Whatley Quarry viewpoint overlooking the largest hole in the ground in Europe, with views to Salisbury Plain.

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Tuesday 21 March

Chris Stevens will give a talk on the wonders of dry stone walling and share his experience and expertise. Chris is a past Chair of the South West branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association, has done historical research on local Mendip walls and has had considerable practical experience of working on them.

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To look, act, smell or sound like something else, such as another organism or other natural object, it is a form of deception practiced by a variety of animals to gain some advantage or protection. John Bebbington will explain how for many animals, including insects and spiders, a key problem is how to eat without being eaten.

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Friday 24 March

In this illustrated presentation Hugh Graham, the University of Exeter specialist working on the River Otter Beaver Trial will give an overview of the project now in its 3rd year.

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Thursday 30 March

Alys Laver, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Senior Conservation Warden, will outline how the newly-created wetland reserve provides salt-water marshes and fresh-water wetlands for wading birds and wildfowl, an accessible area for public interest and enjoyment, as well as protecting Steart village from flooding.

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Saturday 1 April

Learn more about identifying what can be seen from shore and at sea around the UK coast and how to report your sightings for conservation or become a MARINElife volunteer ship-based surveyor in your spare time.

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Tuesday 4 April

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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Sunday 14 May

Bracondale is a wildlife haven in a back garden. There is a wonderful pond, full of frogs, a small meadow that will be in full bloom and stunning trees.

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Sunday 21 May

Sherborne Garden is a romantic and enchanting garden spreading across 4 and a half acres. It has an iconic bridge  and  numerous benches and hideaways, including many unusual trees.

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Saturday 27 May

If you would like to see a beautiful wildlife pond then come to the Miller’s House. This atmospheric mill pond provided a way of life in years gone by and now it is a stunning place full of dragon flies and wild flowers.

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Sunday 4 June

Vellacott is the archetypal Cottage Garden. The  surrounding Quantocks and  Brendon Hills make Vellacott feel like a floral oasis, a paradise for all wildlife.

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Sunday 11 June

Badbury Dairy House is a Flower Farm. Helen, our host, is a Flower Farmer, who creates stunning floral displays using her own flowers grown from seed in her country garden in Somerset. This is a truly inspiring place to visit and everyone will leave wanting to be a Flower Farmer! 

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Saturday 17 June - Sunday 18 June

Broomclose, a stunning Arts and Craft house, has a garden divided into idyllic pockets, from the Camelia Walk to the vegetable garden, described as “bee heaven” by local beekeepers due to the huge array of bee friendly plants. Broomclose is a garden with a stunning view over the Vale of Porlock and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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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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