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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.


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 17 June - Sunday 25 June

Taunton Wildlife Week 2017Come and enjoy a week full of fantastic free wildlife events based around the green spaces of Taunton. From fishing and wild art to a river safari and wildlife photography there is something for everyone. A chance to explore the outdoors.

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Friday 23 June

Come along to a litter pick with a difference. For this event we are inviting people to bring along their dogs for the session. We will be removing litter from the area and afterwards we will have tea, cake and doggy biscuits (for our four legged friends). It’s a chance for dog owners to help keep Longrun a beautiful place for people and dogs alike and to socialise.

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Come find out more about the bats that live around Longrun Meadow and French Weir Park. You'll have the chance to see and hear these fascinating creatures and find out more about how they navigate and feed in the dark. The finish time will be dependent on the weather - and the bats!

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Saturday 24 June

Come along to a fantastic day of fun at French Weir, with Family Fishing, Art in the park and Brilliant Butterflies.

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No Harry Potter potions but definitely some wildlife magic to be found at  at this fun family event  which offers a range of nature activities.  You can  try your hand at pond dipping,  or search  for hidden mini-beasts and examine them with the help of experts  under a microscope.  There will also be lots of other really fun craft activities too to include making ladybird masks.  Don’t miss out on this brilliant session for kids and parents.

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Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25 June

Hillcrest is a 5 acre garden with so many special places within it that everyone can find a perfect spot to sit and contemplate. The lawn is the most formal part of the garden but is perfect for cartwheels!

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Saturday 24 June

This SWT Reserve has been shaped by centuries of lead mining; join Mick Ridgard to explore it, and the adjacent Blackmoor Nature Reserve and Nether Wood, for a range of butterflies and less common plants.

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Sunday 25 June

Join us for a walk in the Coleford part of the Mells Valley, where most of the fields are traditional meadows or pastures. At this time of year there will be a wide variety of wildflowers and butterflies to see. Our route will also take us through riverside woodland and along a couple of sections of the never completed Dorset and Somerset Canal. With Veryan and Andy Conn, local wildlife enthusiasts, who walk the area regularly.

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Let your creative juices flow, have a go at wild poetry and story telling.

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