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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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Monday 3 April - Monday 1 May

Over 100 images and videos, including winning and commended entries from fifteen categories including: Animal Portraits, Coast and Marine, Urban Wildlife, Young People's Awards and Wild Woods.

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Wednesday 26 April - Wednesday 31 May

This May will once again be known as Naturally Healthy Month, as Active Devon and Public Health in Somerset coordinate its Naturally Healthy Campaign on behalf of the Devon and Somerset Local Nature Partnership.  Building on the success of Devon’s previous campaigns, and with the help of Somerset Wildlife Trust, this will be Somerset’s first year in the programme, and it is hoped that it will be as successful as it has been for Devon in previous years.

Tuesday 2 May

Talk about how gardeners can encourage wildlife into their gardens by Steve Fry of Castle Gardens in Sherborne.

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Wednesday 3 May

Chaffcombe coffee morning fund-raiser for SWT 10:30-noon with Bluebell walk commencing 11:30. Join Valerie & John Godsmark for guided walk focussing on ancient woodland Spring flowers at Park Wood LWS and Private Nature Reserve.

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Saturday 6 May

Joint event with South Somerset RSPB group. Walk led by Colin Ryall. Join Valerie & John Godsmark to help determine the birds singing in this Ancient woodland Local Wildlife Site.

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Please join us on a visit to the Blashford Lakes reserve in Hampshire. The lakes are a series of flooded former gravel pits surrounded
by willow, birch and alder woodland, as well as grassland. The reserve attracts thousands of wildfowl in winter as well as bittern
and good numbers of woodland birds including redpoll, siskin and brambling.

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A fascinating walk with Jim Rosser through mixed woodland and farmland in the Spring, visiting the ruins of St Leonard's Church in Sutton Veny to see ancient yew trees.

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A final thanks to Anne and Norman Lees for opening their splendid garden that contains numerous wildlife features. We have decided that this will be our last Plant Sale at Mark, so we hope for fine weather and a good attendance to celebrate the occasion. Coffee and cakes and hundreds of choice plants available.

Monday 8 May

Bird survey training to introduce the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial surveys in accordance with best practice guidance.

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Tuesday 9 May

Come and discover Glow-worms and their natural history and how the Community of Westbury have contributed to enjoying and recording them in the Parish.

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Thursday 11 May

Short walk around Longrun meadow to identify wild flowers and share knowledge of what can be seen.

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Saturday 13 May

BioAqua aquaponics farm will provide a tour of their facilities, demonstrating how they use complementary processes to grow produce in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.

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Plant Sale and Coffee Morning to raise funds for the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

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Pub to Pub walk round Babcary Meadows and beyond.

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Sunday 14 May

Bracondale is a wildlife haven in a back garden. There is a wonderful pond, full of frogs, a small meadow that will be in full bloom and stunning trees.

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Monday 15 May

Badger training to introduce the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial surveys and mitigation strategies in accordance with best practice guidance.

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Tuesday 16 May

A visit to Ham Wall.  A chance to see Bittern, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo, Bearded Reedling.

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Friday 19 May

Join us for a night-time walk around Vallis Vale SSSI to listen and look out for bats, as part of SWT’s celebration of Naturally Healthy
month. Mells is one of the best areas in the country to hear Greater horseshoes. On the way we will be certain to hear a number of bat species swooping past us as we walk through a range of habitats. Led by Adel Avery from the Somerset Bat Group.

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Saturday 20 May

Major fund-raiser for SWT. Wide variety of plants for sale as well as cakes and preserves.

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Sunday 21 May

Sherborne Garden is a romantic and enchanting garden spreading across 4 and a half acres. It has an iconic bridge  and  numerous benches and hideaways, including many unusual trees.

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Explore the wildflowers in Longrun meadow and then decorate a pot to grow your own wildlife friendly flowers at home.

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Monday 22 May

Great crested newt training to introduce the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial surveys in accordance with best practice guidance.

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Saturday 27 May

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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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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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