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Guided Walks

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.


Monday 3 October

Join the team at Somerset Earth Science Centre for a minibus tour of one of the countries largest working Limestone Quarries..

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Tuesday 4 October

Simon Clarke, Senior Reserves Manager for Natural England will be giving a broad talk about the beautiful landscape and wonderful wildlife of Avalon Marshes and Shapwick Heath.

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Wednesday 5 October


Join artist Tanya Josham in the beautiful surroundings of the Earth Science Centre, carving Bath Stone, using traditional hand tools,
drawing inspiration from the centres geological collection of rocks and fossils.
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Over the last ten years the Somerset Levels have successfully attracted a variety of new birds some of which have bred here
for the first time. Roger Lucken’s talk will focus on some of these species, discuss the potential for further expansion and look at
the role of the Levels in providing a platform for colonisation of other parts of the UK..

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Thursday 6 October

Join us for a day of scrub clearance to help prevent encroachment of scrub into limestone grassland of Draycott Sleights.

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Friday 7 October

A guided minibus tour of a working limestone quarry with Aggregate Industries geologist Eddie Bailey.

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Saturday 8 October

Fungus Foray led by Les Cloutman.

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Sunday 9 October

Come and meet the Somerset Wildlife Trust at our Magnicent Meadows stall at the Wells Food Festival. Wells, Somerset.

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Tuesday 11 October

Join Alys Laver, WWT Senior Conservation warden, for a talk about the construction and management of Steart Marshes, as salt marshes and fresh water wetlands for wading birds and wildfowl and their value as habitats for people and wildlife.

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Les Cloutman is an ecologist and well known local naturalist who has a passion for the wildlife of the wonderful county of Somerset so join him for a journey through the seasons.

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Wednesday 12 October

Learn the ancient skill of drystone walling on a practical task day with Mendip Hills AONB volunteer team and Avon Wildlife Trust.

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Wednesday 12 October - Friday 14 October

Field trips and workshops to learn about the Story of the making of the Mendip Rocks!

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Saturday 15 October

Take a guided walk to discover the geological gems and Unconformity at Vallis Vale and Jurassic sea beds and neptunian dyke at Tedbury Camp, near Frome.

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Monday 17 October

Take a guided walk around Blackmoor/Charterhouse reserves to see remains of post-medieval & Roman lead industry.

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Tuesday 18 October

Currently involved in a project to manage invasive species in the River Avon, Neil Green is an ecologist who has developed an interest in invasive alien plants and their control in the natural environment.

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Wednesday 19 October

Take a walk around Torr Hill in Wells with geology teacher David Rowley from Wells Cathedral School to make a geological map of the rock types and geological structures present.

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Neil Garrick-Maidment will give a talk on Seahorses and the Seahorse Trust which helps preserve and conserve the marine environment around our coast (in particular Devon and Dorset) and, in partnership with other organisations, other vulnerable coastal sites around the world..

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Thursday 20 October

Join the team at Somerset Earth Science Centre for a minibus tour to see one of the countries largest working Limestone Quarries.

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Saturday 22 October

Back by popular demand, Michael Jordan returns to lead a fungus foray; he will give hints on identification and the dangers of mis-identification.

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If you’ve an interest in marine wildlife, love the coast and want to increase your knowledge, then come join our first day-long Coastal Conference to celebrate the wonderful wildlife to be found along our coast

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A walk with Roger Moses of the Mendip Society around the industrial remains of the Somerset Coal Field.

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Sunday 23 October

Family fun day with rocky activities and guided tours of the geology and history of the Gorge, by Natural England, Mendip Hill’s AONB, Somerset Earth Science Centre..

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Join a coastal walk with a number of coastal and marine experts and visit several beaches.

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Monday 24 October

Take a walk to explore the lesser known aspects of Cheddar including nature reserves and the source of Cheddar Spring Water.

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Tuesday 25 October

Join Brian Roberts-Wray for a talk on how the wide and varied habitats of Morocco make it home to a fascinating variety of birds, some of which will seem familiar to British birdwatchers, but are in fact distinct sub-species.

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