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Practical 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 3 December

Join the fun making natural Christmas crafts: wreaths, hazel Santas or elves, miniature Christmas tree and more. Help decorate one of the Brewhouse’s ‘Around the World’ Christmas trees.

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Tuesday 6 December

Talk about Otters by Dr Rob Williams, Chair of the Somerset Otter Group.

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Wednesday 7 December

Tim Youngs, Somerset WIldlife Trust’s Director of Land Management will talk about the Polden Way and its Reserves. The Polden Way runs from Walcot Hill to Hurcot Hill through many nature reserves.

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Alys Laver is the WWT warden at Steart Marshes, She will talk about the reasons for its development and the wonderful wildlife that is now present at the site.

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Tuesday 13 December

Dr Anne Bebbington, who has worked for many years as a botanist, plant ecologist and environmental educator, will give an illustrated talk looking at the wide 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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Francis Farr- Cox will give an illustrated talk on the many and various British Spiders, explaining where spiders and other British arachnids fit into the animal kingdom. A description of a typical spider will cover anatomy and its functions of life, feeding ,breathing and reproduction.

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Sunday 8 January

A New Year walk in and around Cheddar Reservoir in comjunction with the local Watch Group. The exact route will be decided when the state of local footpaths is clear nearer the time.

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Tuesday 10 January

James Packer describes why many species of birds cross the Mediterranean Sea. He examines the various species that use the important Mediterranean flyways, their strategies for crossing, and the benefits and hazards to them in doing so.

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Sunday 15 January

A wintery walk around Witham Park Woods looking for Winter birds and viewing the knock-on effects of Larch disease.

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Tuesday 17 January

The shooting of migrant birds on passage in the Mediterranean is a major conservation issue. Roger Lucken provides support to local communities that are trying to change community behaviour.

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Thursday 19 January

A talk by Nigel Garnsworthy of the National Trust about the conservation work carried out by the NT in this area.

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Tuesday 24 January

Jules Bishop talks about the wondeful work done at Prickles Hedgehog rescue.

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Thursday 26 January

A return by Chris Sperring for a lively talk and discussion on the controversial topic of Beavers and re-wilding.

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Friday 27 January

Colin Ryall gives an illustrated talk on a recent visit to Guyana “the land of many rivers and Kaiteur Falls” which has some of the largest areas of pristine tropical rainforest remaining in South America.

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Wednesday 1 February

Since 1989, charity founder Pauline Kidner has been caring for orphaned badger cubs in her kitchen. Learn more about their secretive lifestyle and the many different characters Pauline has cared for and how today, more than ever, the fight to protect these animals continues.

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Sunday 5 February

Don Hurrell will lead a walk around the RSPB reserve at Ham Wall to view Winter birds. This walk will be suitable for inexperienced birdwatchers.

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Tuesday 7 February

Talk about Gorillas by Helen Mugridge.

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Friday 10 February - Saturday 11 February

Anita and Tom Harris kindly open their ‘Snowdrop garden’ for us to enjoy.

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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Wednesday 15 February

A wonderful illustrated talk on micro-moths.

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Sunday 19 February

For some of our wildlife, mid-February is the time to start the slow wake up to Spring; early flowers bloom, birds sing and, on a wam day, insects will be buzzing. Join Eve Tigwell for a walk around this lovely Somerset Wildlife Trust Reserve.

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Tuesday 21 February

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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Sabine Peukert, Resource Protection Adviser at FWAG gives an illustrated insight into the project that aims to reduce flooding and help deliver the Somerset Flood Action Plan.

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George Holmes, ranger for several NT estates in Somerset describes how they are managed - balancing ecology, farming with the best possible visitor experience.

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Dave Cottle is the Honorary Warden of Kings Castle Wood. His illustrated talk will cover the history of the wood, the wildlife that you can see there throughout the year and the conservation issue involved in its management.

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