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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.


Saturday 29 October

A day of lectures and lunch, celebrating the finale of Mendip Rocks! 2016.  Speakers include: Duncan Price - "Deepest Mendip" - cave dives to the source of the Mendips's largest springs.  Dr Chris King "Mendip Volcanoes", Les Davies "The story of the Making of the Mendip Hills".  Alan Gray -"Mineral mining on the Mendip Hills".

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Join us if you dare for shrunken apple head carving, apple bobbing, follow our creepy wildlife trail, create some scary clay creatures, refreshments available, music and more…

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Tuesday 1 November

This talk by Anne Bebbington is all about the fruits and seeds of Autumn, and will look at some of the ingenious ways plants spread their species..

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Wednesday 2 November

BioAqua is the biggest aquaponic trout farm in Europe, growing vegetables and rearing Rainbow Trout in the most sustainable and ethical way in a bio-symbiotic system. Antonio Paladino of BioAqua, explains how it all works.

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Thursday 3 November

Join Stephen Moss and Artists Andrew and David Neal as they give an insight into their lives and share inspiration stories on wildlife and art.

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Sunday 6 November

Family fun-day at the Avalon Marshes Centre – Hands-on landscape and heritage-inspired activities and games, for children and their adults, including an interactive working water-model of the Somerset Levels, tours of the Saxon feasting hall and Roman villa reconstructions, pond-dipping, trailer rides across the reserve and much more.

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Take a walk with Ged Keele on a circular route out to the end of Sand Point and along the Bristol Channel coast returning via Middle Hope.

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Tuesday 8 November

Chris Sperring MBE looks at our attitudes to wild animals and birds and how we manage our landscapes to fit the comfort of our eyes, rather than what nature really needs.

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Ascension has been described as one of Britain’s Treasure Islands. It’s the tip of an underwater volcano and most of the fauna and flora have been introduced over the last few hundred years.

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Tuesday 15 November

Pauline Kidner founded the animal rescue organisation Secret World in 1992. She will talk about the work of Secret Word and will concentrate on their work with hedgehogs.

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