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Events

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.

Events

Coppicing Volunteer Work Day at Asham Wood

Saturday 16 December

We are looking for volunteers to help us manage our old reserve, Asham Woods, Mendip's largest and most diverse ancient semi-natural woodland. Training in coppicing techniques with be provided by local Coppicer, Harry Samuel. Come join us to learn this ancient technique. If you are interested in joining a volunteer day with SWT, come join us in the woods and brush up on your skills in this ancient technique.

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The Wildlife of Devon from Shore to Moor

Friday 23 February

John Walters ecologist, wildlife illustrator and film-maker will present an exploration of the wonderful variety of wildlife in Devon. The south coast's tompot blennies, pipefish and squat lobsters of the rockpools. Amazing display of the male rufous grasshopper and snail shell nesting bees on the undercliff. Dippers, goosanders and mandarin ducks in the river valleys. Heaths and moors include potter wasps moulding nests from mud, the world's largest slug with its bizarre mating habits. Cuckoos duping meadow pipits to raise their young.

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Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve

Saturday 17 February

The bird list at Westhay continues to increase, and late winter is a good time to see many of the over-wintering birds, including some rarities. Mick Ridgard will take us round this key SWT Reserve to see what’s about.

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Explore Mendip's White Cliff and Cave on Wavering Down

Saturday 9 December

Join West Mendip Wildlife Watch group to explore White cliff and cave on Wavering Down, if weather permits we hope to have a campfire afterwards. Please wear sensible clothing, suitable for spending time out of doors, with strong shoes or boots. Refreshments won't be provided, so you may wish to bring a drink or snack.

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A Life in Imaging: It Can't All Be Shot in the Field!

Friday 24 November

David Spears will tell of the trials, tribulations & some of the laughs involved in making natural history and science programmes for the broadcasters. This partly autobiographical presentation will include some incidents and experiences rarely encountered by the layperson: from Cape Buffalo in South Africa to bacterial trains trundling around their culture dish in Chicago.

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Mendip Ponds project

Tuesday 28 November

John Dickson presents a talk about the Reptile and Amphibian Group’s project to restore 14 Great Crested Newt ponds on the Mendip Hills. The project started in the autumn of 2016 and continues to the end of 2017.

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Somerset's Wonderful Wildlife

Thursday 30 November

Les Cloutman tell us about a year in the life of a naturalist in Somerset. From your own backyard to the wild places of the county; from Hills to The Levels, lakes, rivers and coast, looking at native willdife and plants through the season, he will show why our county is so very special.

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Wildlife in a Medieval Transylvanian Landscape

Tuesday 5 December

Bob Gibbons will talk about the beautifully unspoilt landscape and wildlife of Transylvania, and reflect on how Britain may well have looked similar before industrialisation.

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Going wild in the garden

Tuesday 12 December

Dr Anne Bebbington has worked for many years as a botanist, plant ecologist and environmental educator. She will give an illustrated talk looking at a range of wildlife in a small garden on the edge of town and the threats to biodiversity. John Bebbington will provide the fascinating images of plants, insects and wildlife.

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Bird Migration

Wednesday 6 December

Basic facts of bird migration have been known for many years. In this talk, James Packer reviews the impact on our knowledge of bird migration of the many recent developments in radio bird tags and GPS location.

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