Somerset Wildlife Trust

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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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Friday 18 August

Who Lives along and in the River Tone? Come and find out. Join us for an interactive walk along the River Tone, learning the story of Ollie the Otter and the other creatures that live there.

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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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Thursday 24 August

Come and join Somerset Wildlife Trust at Clark’s Village for a Busy Buzzy Bee Day! There will be bees hiding around the village and we need them counted, so join the wildlife trail and see if you can find them! Then afterwards, there will be wildlife crafts for you to do too…See you then! Buzzzzzz buzzzzzz!!!

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Friday 25 August

A fun sensory session of interactive activities focussing on the five senses, sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Close your eyes and listen for the sounds of the wildlife around you, and collect materials to mash up and make smelly cocktails! Plus lots of other nature fun and activities to enjoy. 

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Monday 28 August

This Bank holiday unleash your love for wildlife and join in with our family activities from nature trails to wildlife crafts. Perhaps you would like to go on the search for bugs and examine them closely under a microscope. Or you would like to take a gentle wonder on a wildlife walk.

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Sunday 3 September

A walk with Tony House and Simon Wiltshire (Biodiversity & Environmental Officer) round the largest working man-made hole in Europe - also a wildlife haven and nesting site for Peregrines, Ravens, Sparrowhawks and Buzzards and home to many other birds, butterflies, Otters and wildflowers.

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Tuesday 5 September

Illustrated Wildlife Talk. Further details to be made available shortly on the website.

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Wednesday 6 September

Join Francis Farr-Cox and find out why Britain's spiders are fascinating, not terrifying.

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Saturday 9 September

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but we are sorry to say that this event has ben cancelled. SWT are running two Family Forest School sessions in Asham Wood this summer, with generous support from Hanson UK’s community fund, and led by Freya Morgan from Spindle Tree Learning.  ​​​​​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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Come and learn about observing bats with members of the Somerset Bat Group.

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Monday 11 September

Hedgehogs are declining in numbers. Jules Bishop of the Prickles Hedgehog Rescue describes their work.

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Tuesday 19 September

Speakers will cover various aspects of meadow management, looking at what the Magnificent Meadows project has achieved, an example of meadow creation and a view on how we monitor the health of our grasslands.

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Friday 22 September

Dr Cathy Horsley, Conservation Officer SW for Bumblebee Conservation Trust & lead on West Country Buzz project will give insight into needs of UK bees, their natural histories, how to recognise them, and how to encourage them into your garden.

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Tuesday 26 September

Ecology expert Shaun Plenty will give a talk on his work with students from Bridgwater College in clearing this waterway, where
Kingfishers and Dippers are still to be seen.

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Saturday 30 September

We are very sorry to announce that this event is now cancelled, apologies for any inconvenience caused. Learn about how to manage an ancient woodland as we take a walk with forester Paul Oswin around Asham, Mendip’s largest and most biodiverse ancient semi-natural woodland.

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Tuesday 3 October

Illustrated Wildlife Talk. Further details to be made
available shortly on our website

Wednesday 4 October

Ex-Wildlife Trust trainee, Phil Bruss, tells us how he has developed as a professional conservationist, and how to develop skills to help you on your way. Come along if you are thinking of getting into conservation

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Saturday 7 October

An enjoyable (and usually very productive) search for fungi in the Alfred’s Tower woodland and grassland areas.

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Tuesday 10 October

Illustrated Wildlife Talk. Further details to be
made available shortly on our website.

Tuesday 17 October

Sabine Peukert of FWAG highlights the work being done in the upper catchment of the River Parrett to “slow the flow” from the hills to the Levels to reduce the impact of flooding on the Levels and Moors.

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Rebecca MacDonald is Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Coastal Survey Officer. She will tell us about the work being done to survey Somerset’s varied and beautiful coastline.

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Saturday 21 October

This year we will be holding a Members’ Day, which will include Somerset Wildlife Trust’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be followed by an update on our nature reserves by Tim Youngs, Director of Land Management, members of his team, and other guest speakers. Refreshments, including lunch, will be provided. The AGM is free to attend but lunch must be booked in advance for which a charge will be made.

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Join Michael Jordan the well known mycologist and founder of the Association of British Fungal Groups on a fungi and mushroom foray in Stockhill Forest, and learn about the 13,000 different species that occur in the UK.

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Laid hedges create wildlife corridors and safe havens for nesting birds and small animals, as the density of laid and the re-growth provides a habitat for them. Learn how to manage hedgerows and sharpen your tools at a training day located at a beautiful reserve. Attendees for gain enough pratice in this techniques to get started on their own hedges.

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Thursday 26 October

Come and join Somerset Wildlife Trust on an enchanting steam train journey. You will travel along the stunning coastline and beautiful Somerset countryside. The price includes a gorgeous cream tea.

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