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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.

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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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Saturday 1 July

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Magnificent Meadows team for a guided walk through the meadows at Chancellors Farm.

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Join us to celebrate National Meadows Day and explore the wealth of wildlife at our Bishops Meadow reserve. 

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James Riall will lead a guided walk around Westhay Moor NNR introducing people to the bumblebees of Somerset Wildlife Trust's flagship reserve.

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Folly Farm is Avon Wildlife Trust’s 250-acre nature reserve located in the Chew Valley, with views of the Mendip Hills and Chew Valley Lake. Native bluebells bloom in the ancient woodlands in spring and undisturbed wildflower meadows burst into colour in summer. 

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Join Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Magnificent Meadows team and a watercolour tutor for an arty afternoon - bring your sketchbook or paints and see if you can capture the flowers, colours, wildlife and breathtaking views across the meadows.

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Sunday 2 July

Ball Copse Hall has one of the most breathtaking views in the county. The enormous sky stretches over the Quantock and Polden hills with Brent Knoll to the side. It is understandable as to why it was chosen as a military hospital in the war as the hope was that the views would heal everything!

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Wednesday 5 July

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.

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Saturday 8 July

Come and meet the dragonflies that call Catcott Nature Reserve home, including a guided walk and pond dipping for the kids. Find out what makes these aerial invertebrates masters of the sky. 

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Sunday 9 July

Model Farm is a beautiful 4 acre garden that has been lovingly created in the last 7 years. Owners David and Roz planted 700 trees and a wild flower meadow as well as numerous stunning flower beds.

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Monday 10 July

The artist Lydia Needle has crafted fifty ‘bee pieces’ in wool, to which fifty invited artists and makers have responded to the biodiversity of each bee. Surrounded by the exhibition, Lydia will talk about the exhibit's creation and the interconnectedness of all things….This talk is part of Somerton Festival.

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Thursday 13 July

Join in a guided walk around Longrun Meadow and see what wildflowers can be found.

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Sunday 16 July

Come along with Eve Tigwell for a leisurely stroll on this spectacular hill to see orchids, other summer flowers, a wide range of butterflies and other insects. Birds should be active, and there are great countryside views!

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Tuesday 18 July

Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury Sub Mendip after dark with expert Peter Bright.

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Thursday 20 July

Following the May 9th talk on Glow worms in Somerton we will look for Glow worms in and around Somerton.

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Saturday 22 July

Join us at our Westhay Reserve and let your creative juices flow. This brilliant family event has lots of opportunities for kids of all ages (and their parents!) to get wildly crafty at this jewel of a wetland reserve. You’ll be able to paint a finger print tree, make a buzzing bee finger puppet, create a sticky nature crown or fashion a glitter tattoo.  There’s also a chance to get to know the wonderful wildlife of Westhay a little better.

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Saturday 29 July

A return visit to Liz and Carl Earl's wildlife-friendly garden at Fulwood House, Winsham. Mark Fletcher hopes to set Moth traps to give an introduction to this interesting subject.

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If you’ve always enjoyed spotting our feathered friends, but want to to progress your identification skills a little further, then this event is for you.   During this session, with the help of some more seasoned birders, you will be able to find out all there is to know about the birds that call  Westhay Moor home – one of the UK’s most reknowned locations for wetland birds. You will pick up some useful skills to make the most of your binoculars and go away being able to identify many bird species.  There will also be a nature trail, craft activities and games too, so all the family are welcome.

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Friday 4 August

Activities in a Green Space.

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Saturday 5 August

The day will start off with a discussion of different methods of grassland restoration, followed by a practical demonstration using green hay and/or harvested wildflower seed in the afternoon in Oakhill, East Mendip. We will also have a go at identifying some of the key wildflower species. Led by Jake Chant, freelance meadow restoration consultant and former SWT Conservation Officer

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Friday 11 August

Join in a guided walk around Longrun Meadow and see what wildflowers can be found.

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Saturday 12 August

This wonderful event is an opportunity to lift the lid on the amazing world of bees, butterflies and dragonflies, and come away with new knowledge and love for the amazing species you’ll find on the wing in Somerset. There will be the chance to go on a guided walk to discover more about the world of pollinators and insects and why it’s critical that we protect them. Plus, a range of fun and eductional activities to provide a lovely Summer’s day event for all the family. 

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A guided walk with Deon Warner to learn about the many dragon and butterflies to be found at RSPB Greylake in high summer.

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Friday 18 August

Who Lives along and in the River Tone? Come and find out.

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Tuesday 22 August

A walk around the Bishops Palace Moat in Wells with local bat expert Dave Cottle and members of the Somerset Bat Group. Learn how to use a bat detector to identify different species, and fascinating facts about bats.

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