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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.

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Thursday 23 November

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust for a stroll around the River Tone looking out for the wildlife that lives there. The walk will take around half an hour and will cover just over 1km. This will be a gentle walk with regular stops along the way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

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Friday 24 November

David Spears will tell of the trials, tribulations & some of the laughs involved in making natural history and science programmes for the broadcasters. This partly autobiographical presentation will include some incidents and experiences rarely encountered by the layperson: from Cape Buffalo in South Africa to bacterial trains trundling around their culture dish in Chicago.

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Tuesday 28 November

John Dickson presents a talk about the Reptile and Amphibian Group’s project to restore 14 Great Crested Newt ponds on the Mendip Hills. The project started in the autumn of 2016 and continues to the end of 2017.

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Thursday 30 November

Les Cloutman tell us about a year in the life of a naturalist in Somerset. From your own backyard to the wild places of the county; from Hills to The Levels, lakes, rivers and coast, looking at native willdife and plants through the season, he will show why our county is so very special.

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Tuesday 5 December

Bob Gibbons will talk about the beautifully unspoilt landscape and wildlife of Transylvania, and reflect on how Britain may well have looked similar before industrialisation.

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Wednesday 6 December

Basic facts of bird migration have been known for many years. In this talk, James Packer reviews the impact on our knowledge of bird migration of the many recent developments in radio bird tags and GPS location.

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Author and expert, Ed Drewitt, has been following the lives of urban peregrines for almost 20 years. In this talk, Ed gives more details about some of those discoveries and how the future looks for the urban peregrines in Somerset and across the UK.

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Saturday 9 December

Join West Mendip Wildlife Watch group to explore White cliff and cave on Wavering Down, if weather permits we hope to have a campfire afterwards. Please wear sensible clothing, suitable for spending time out of doors, with strong shoes or boots. Refreshments won't be provided, so you may wish to bring a drink or snack.

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Sunday 10 December

A short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow with experienced mindfulness teacher Dr Miranda Bevis. Participants are asked to sign up for five sessions which happen once a month. Each session will last approximately one hour and will involve gentle mindful practice in Longrun Meadow to connect with nature.

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Tuesday 12 December

Dr Anne Bebbington has worked for many years as a botanist, plant ecologist and environmental educator. She will give an illustrated talk looking at a range of wildlife in a small garden on the edge of town and the threats to biodiversity. John Bebbington will provide the fascinating images of plants, insects and wildlife.

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Saturday 16 December

We are looking for volunteers to help us manage our old reserve, Asham Woods, Mendip's largest and most diverse ancient semi-natural woodland. Training in coppicing techniques with be provided by local Coppicer, Harry Samuel. Come join us to learn this ancient technique. If you are interested in joining a volunteer day with SWT, come join us in the woods and brush up on your skills in this ancient technique.

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Join us for some festive fun at our Christmas Crafts Watch Group session. We will be making willow wreaths, creating clay Christmas decorations and making wonderful crafty cards. This is a family event and all children must be supervised throughout by a responsible adult. The session will be held indoors.

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Sunday 7 January

A short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow with experienced mindfulness teacher Dr Miranda Bevis. Participants are asked to sign up for five sessions which happen once a month. Each session will last approximately one hour and will involve gentle mindful practice in Longrun Meadow to connect with nature.

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This wonderful walk takes a circular route down Velvet Bottom, past old lead workings and back via Long Wood.

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Tuesday 9 January

Everything (almost) you wanted to know about fungi, but didn’t know who to ask – what’s the difference between mushrooms and toadstools? Can I eat them? What are fairy rings? How do I get rid of them from my lawn? Michal Jordan supplies the answers.

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John Walters, entomologist and naturalist, artist and writer will talk on the wildlife of Devon, which will include field sketches, photographs and video clips.

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Wednesday 10 January

A forum for all local SWT members to come along, mingle, have a slice of cake and talk about their wildlife encounters from the past year. Bring along anything you’d like to show or talk about! Slots available for anyone who wants to openly share their experiences with nature, whether through photographs of the local area or stories of their encounters. 

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Sunday 14 January

Rodden Nature Reserve was created to help combat the flooding when the River Frome overflows onto the A362. It is also managed for willdife and designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2013. Eve Tigwell will lead this walk around the Reserve to look for wildlife before the site closes for the breeding season.

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Tuesday 16 January

WWT Warden, Alys Laver, is the warden at Steart Marshes. This lively talk covers the reasons for its development and takes a look at the wildlife that is now present at the site.

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Thursday 25 January

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust for a stroll around the River Tone looking out for the wildlife that lives there. The walk will take around half an hour and will cover just over 1km. This will be a gentle walk with regular stops along the way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

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James Packer is an experienced birder and photographer and chairs the Rarities Committee of the Somerset Ornithological Society. His talk include plenty of photos of exciting bird sightings in Somerset.

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Friday 26 January

Lurking behind the soil, plants and wildlife that help sustain our living landscapes lie deeper and older stories and processes that exert profound control over our surroundings. Elemental forces of rocks and weather shape our view of the world, nourish our communities and offer vital lessons of Earth’s systems. In this presentation, Sam Scriven of Jurassic Coast Trust will explore these ideas.

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Tuesday 30 January

A talk about Somerset's coast and countyrside, by Ian Clemmett, Ranger for the National Trust on Somerset Coast and Countryside.

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Sunday 4 February

Don Hurrell leads a walk that will take you to the Mendip Hide for a view of the upper reaches of the tidal area, then along the bank of the Parrett towards the breach itself and then return via the Quantock Hide.

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A short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow with experienced mindfulness teacher Dr Miranda Bevis. Participants are asked to sign up for five sessions which happen once a month. Each session will last approximately one hour and will involve gentle mindful practice in Longrun Meadow to connect with nature.

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