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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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Saturday 27 May

Come along for some family activities and nature trails at our beautiful Black Rock  nature reserve nestled in the Mendips.  

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The Wild Edge Gallery will be opening a new exhibition called 'wildest Somerset'. Please come along for drinks and nibbles and to meet some of the artists, have a chat with our President, Stephen Moss and enter their raffle to win a gorgeous piece of artwork. As well as the proceeds from the raffle, 10% of sales from the exhibition will be donated to Somerset Wildlife Trust.

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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 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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Tuesday 30 May - Saturday 3 June

Pop in to say hello if you're at the show this year - our Save Our Magnificent Meadows team will be in the horticulutre section with fun activities and talking all things meadows and wildlife gardening!

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Tuesday 30 May

A stroll around Monks Ford at Wookey with medical herbalist Bet Partridge looking at healing and other plants.  Should be time to look around the goat farm and buy some of their excellent cheese and other products too!

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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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Ged Keele will lead a walk on the Polden Hills. Starting at Ivythorne we will walk out along the Polden ridge to Collard Hill. We will look at species rich grassland on the way. Collard Hill is one of the large blue release sights and it is possible that we might see an early specimen on the wing.

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Monday 5 June

Water vole and otter training to introduce the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial surveys in accordance with best practice guidance.

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Friday 9 June

Christine and Ian Loudon will lead visiting parts of the reserve where the star species should be thousands of Heath-spotted Orchids as well as Pale Dog violets, Lousewort, Bog Pimpernel. Milkwort, Slender St John's Wort and several sedges. Possibly some early Ringlet and Marbled White butterflies.

Booking now necessary for this event. Please ring Ian Loudon on 01823 664732.

 

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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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Join Mick Ridgard for a hillside walk to look for several species of orchid and butterflies.

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Tuesday 13 June

Set on a working farm, the meadows are an unusual mixture of lime rich, neutral and acidic areas which support a wide range of species including many less common plants such as fragrant orchid and meadow saffron.

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Wednesday 14 June

Informal walk led by trustees of this field, woodland and pond site owned by the Parochial Trust, managed for conservation and wildlife and amenity for local community. Insight will be given into how the site has been developed and improved in the the past 2 years.

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Saturday 17 June - Sunday 25 June

Taunton Wildlife Week 2017Come and enjoy a week full of fantastic free wildlife events based around the green spaces of Taunton. From fishing and wild art to a river safari and wildlife photography there is something for everyone. A chance to explore the outdoors.

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Saturday 17 June

Taunton Wildlife Week kick starts with our attendance at Somerfest, where we will be setting up a nature corner with Wilder Woods and Exmoor National Park.  We will be making seed bombs and willow stars and creating works of art with Hapa Zome plus lots more.

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Somerset Wildlife Trust are running two Family Forest School sessions in Asham Woods this summer for children living in East Mendip, with generous support from Hanson UK’s community fund. 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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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. The garden looks over Porlock vale which is a site of specific interest.

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Tuesday 20 June

Come along for an hour long wildlife walk with Somerset Wildlife Trust and Better Leisure, taking in a beautiful stretch of the River Tone and all the wonderful creatures that live there. 

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Come along and have fun exploring Netherclay Community Woodland and the wildlife that lives there. Free family event. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times and please wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

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Wednesday 21 June

Come along for an introductory session on wildlife photography with professional wildlife photographer Iain Green. During the session you will learn how to make the most of your equipment and have a chance to test your skills with an outdoor session around Longrun Meadow afterwards. Places are very limited for the event so booking is essential.

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SCome along for a free wildplay session at Netherclay Community Woodland. We will be building shelters, creating clay art and having a fire with marshmallows and much more. This is a free family event. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times and please wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

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Thursday 22 June

Come along for a short walk around Longrun Meadow to identify wild flowers and share knowledge of what can be seen. Please bring ID books and wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear as the ground may be uneven and wet.

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Come along for a short walk around Longrun Meadow to identify wild flowers and share knowledge of what can be seen. Please bring ID books and wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear as the ground may be uneven and wet.

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Join us for a wildlife tour of the Tone as seen from the water. We will be kayaking along the river looking for the signs and sounds of nature. This event has limited availability so booking is essential.

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