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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.


Saturday 22 October

Back by popular demand, Michael Jordan returns to lead a fungus foray; he will give hints on identification and the dangers of mis-identification.

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If you’ve an interest in marine wildlife, love the coast and want to increase your knowledge, then come join our first day-long Coastal Conference to celebrate the wonderful wildlife to be found along our coast

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Come along and celebrate all things apple in Somerset Square outside the Brewhouse Theatre. Everyone in the family can join the creative and crafty apple based fun - everything from juicing to juggling. We will be there too, providing wildlife gardening tips. 

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A walk with Roger Moses of the Mendip Society around the industrial remains of the Somerset Coal Field.

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Sunday 23 October

Family fun day with rocky activities and guided tours of the geology and history of the Gorge, by Natural England, Mendip Hill’s AONB, Somerset Earth Science Centre..

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Join a coastal walk with a number of coastal and marine experts and visit several beaches.

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Monday 24 October

Take a walk to explore the lesser known aspects of Cheddar including nature reserves and the source of Cheddar Spring Water.

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Tuesday 25 October

Join Brian Roberts-Wray for a talk on how the wide and varied habitats of Morocco make it home to a fascinating variety of birds, some of which will seem familiar to British birdwatchers, but are in fact distinct sub-species.

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Wednesday 26 October

Learn the ancient skill of drystone walling on a practical task day with Mendip Hills AONB volunteer team and Avon Wildlife Trust.

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Join Exmoor National Park Officer, Patrick Watts-Mabbot on a fungi walk and talk.

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Thursday 27 October

Come along to the National Trust Information Centre in Cheddar Gorge for a FREE afternoon of activities with the Mendip Hills AONB team.

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If you are nutty about nature and knitting…then don't miss the chance to hop on board with the West Somerset Railway for a Wildlife Special trip to celebrate the launch of our BRAND NEW, and too cute for words, Knit For Nature pattern – Boris The Barn Owl. oin us as we take a trip on a steam train with delicious cream teas to mark the launch of our latest Knit for Nature knitting pattern.

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Martin Nicholas will talk about wildlife in the Amazon rainforest and explain the place of spiders in ancient and contemporary Peruvian culture.

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Friday 28 October

Take a walk to see cave remains above ground at Velvet Bottom and Gruffy Ground SWT reserves, then followed by indoor “armchair caving talk” at St Hugh’s Church opposite Charterhouse Centre.

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In this illustrated presentation Wellington wildlife enthusiast John Marshall will take us through the year showing which butterflies we
can expect to see and where, together with their more important sites.

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The Trust’s Patron Simon King  will be giving an insightful talk about how society’s behaviour affects wildlife, at the Cheese and Grain Frome this October. 

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Saturday 29 October

A day of lectures and lunch, celebrating the finale of Mendip Rocks! 2016.  Speakers include: Duncan Price - "Deepest Mendip" - cave dives to the source of the Mendips's largest springs.  Dr Chris King "Mendip Volcanoes", Les Davies "The story of the Making of the Mendip Hills".  Alan Gray -"Mineral mining on the Mendip Hills".

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Join us if you dare for shrunken apple head carving, apple bobbing, follow our creepy wildlife trail, create some scary clay creatures, refreshments available, music and more…

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Tuesday 1 November

This talk by Anne Bebbington is all about the fruits and seeds of Autumn, and will look at some of the ingenious ways plants spread their species..

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Wednesday 2 November

BioAqua is the biggest aquaponic trout farm in Europe, growing vegetables and rearing Rainbow Trout in the most sustainable and ethical way in a bio-symbiotic system. Antonio Paladino of BioAqua, explains how it all works.

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Thursday 3 November

Join Stephen Moss and Artists Andrew and David Neal as they give an insight into their lives and share inspiration stories on wildlife and art.

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Sunday 6 November

Take a walk with Ged Keele on a circular route out to the end of Sand Point and along the Bristol Channel coast returning via Middle Hope.

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Tuesday 8 November

Chris Sperring MBE looks at our attitudes to wild animals and birds and how we manage our landscapes to fit the comfort of our eyes, rather than what nature really needs.

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Ascension has been described as one of Britain’s Treasure Islands. It’s the tip of an underwater volcano and most of the fauna and flora have been introduced over the last few hundred years.

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Tuesday 15 November

Pauline Kidner founded the animal rescue organisation Secret World in 1992. She will talk about the work of Secret Word and will concentrate on their work with hedgehogs.

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