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.


Friday 24 March

In this illustrated presentation Hugh Graham, the University of Exeter specialist working on the River Otter Beaver Trial will give an overview of the project now in its 3rd year.

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Saturday 25 March

Come along to Nynehead Court  who are hosting a day of fun-filled day of activities. You'll find us there giving a talk and providing lots of handy tips on on wildlife gardening. We'll also have a stand about the work that we do on our Langford Heathfield Reserve - with lots of children's activities too! 

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Thursday 30 March

Alys Laver, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Senior Conservation Warden, will outline how the newly-created wetland reserve provides salt-water marshes and fresh-water wetlands for wading birds and wildfowl, an accessible area for public interest and enjoyment, as well as protecting Steart village from flooding.

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Saturday 1 April

Learn more about identifying what can be seen from shore and at sea around the UK coast and how to report your sightings for conservation or become a MARINElife volunteer ship-based surveyor in your spare time.

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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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Tuesday 4 April

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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Talk by Phil Sheldrake Conservation Officer for the RSPB in Wiltshire about his work.

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Wednesday 5 April

Malcolm Taylor will talk about a road trip exploring the wildlife and landscapes of New Zealand - Molymawks, boiling mud and more.

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Saturday 8 April

A walk around Priddy Mineries with John Dickson, looking at emerging adders and other reptiles and amphibians.

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Sunday 9 April

Join us for a natural scavenger hunt around Longrun Meadow, picking up litter along the way to help our local wildlife.

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Ged Keele will lead a circular walk around the village of Bleadon to include two Avon Wildlife Trust reserves. We will look for the signs of spring. There are some short steep climbs on the walk.

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Monday 10 April

Preliminary ecological appraisal training designed to introduce the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial surveys in accordance with best practice guidance.

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Tuesday 11 April

Dr Rob Williams talks about otters, focussing on the Giant Otters of the Peruvian Amazon and the European Otter that lives in Somerset, documenting the ecology, relationship with man and how this is related to their historical and current population status and future conservation.

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Saturday 15 April

Ever wondered how we look after our precious nature reserves, come and find out and give us a hand with West Mendip Watch Club as they run a family friendly practical conservation session on a nature reserves in the West Mendip Area.

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Tuesday 18 April

Bat survey training designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial surveys in accordance with best practice guidance.

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Bat mitigation training designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to deliver commercial mitigation strategies in accordance with best practice guidance.

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Bob Buck has lived in Pill for most of his life and has always been interested in the outdoors and wildlife. In 1990 he started what has become St. George's Flower Bank Local Nature Reserve. This is a road verge near the M5. He will talk about the wildlife and his experiences in managing this development.

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Friday 21 April

Come along for the guided walk around Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve, cared for by Natural Engalnd. Learn all about the wildlife that can be found there as Simon Clarke, Senior Reserves Manager, guides you through the reserve.

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Join us at the Sherwell centre, Plymouth University for a day of fascinating marine ecology talks.

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Sunday 23 April

A walk to explore the flora and fauna of Asham wood SAC, Mendip’s largest ancient semi-natural woodland. Now is a great time to appreciate the woodland flowers at their finest. With Bob Corns, Natural England’s Conservation Officer for the Mendip Hills.

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A visit to the Great Bustard re-introduction project, with the possibility of seeing males displaying.

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Monday 24 April

Reptile survey 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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Thursday 27 April

Tony House will talk, with videos, on sun fiish, dust-bathing kestrels, choughs, little auks, adders, peregrines, ravens, dragonflies and, of course, otters.

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Friday 28 April

Arminel Scott a Wildlife Supervisor at RSPCA, West Hatch will present an overview of the species, average number of admissions annually, seasonal orphans and trends. Includes post-release monitoring studies: soft release and support eg otters, foxes, badgers and hard release eg seals, owls, gulls. Details will be given of the work of the specialist oiled bird rehabilitation centre. Short AGM will follow.

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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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