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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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Tuesday 17 July - Saturday 25 August

Now in its ninth year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards highlights the great diversity and wealth of the country’s wildlife. The exhibition showcases the great diversity and wealth of the country’s wildlife and raises awareness of our natural habitats and including here in Somerset.We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Red Brick Building to bring this fantastic exhibition to Somerset again. There will be an events programme related to the exhibition, including a wildlife photography walk on 22nd August. 

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Tuesday 21 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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Wednesday 22 August

Event fully booked, sorry for any disapointment - a second event is now available on Thursday 23rd. Discover mystic mounds, mini-beasts and late flowers in Somerset’s summer felds on this photography walk. Inspired by the award-winning photographs on display at the Red Brick Building, join wildlife photographers Victoria Hillman and Les Cloutman exploring and photographing the wildlife nearby. Walking through flower-filled water meadows and other habitats, you are likely to come across late butterflies and dragonflies, grasshoppers and spiders you will be able to try out your skills as a wildlife photographer and learn from two experts.

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Thursday 23 August

Discover mystic mounds, mini-beasts and late flowers in Somerset’s summer felds on this photography walk. Inspired by the award-winning photographs on display at the Red Brick Building, join wildlife photographers Victoria Hillman and Les Cloutman exploring and photographing the wildlife nearby. Walking through flower-filled water meadows and other habitats, you are likely to come across late butterflies and dragonflies, grasshoppers and spiders you will be able to try out your skills as a wildlife photographer and learn from two experts.

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Sunday 26 August

Come and join us for a short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow. We will be doing gentle mindful movement and mindfulness practices aimed at helping us to be present in the moment and to connect with nature. You can sign up for all four of the remaining sessions, or do however many you like. 

     

       

Friday 31 August

Join the Somerset Mammals Group's fascinating talk, hosted by ecologist and photographer Colin Varndell, and hear all about the natural history of hedgehogs, the causes of their decline and what you can do to help. You can also find out how to get involved with the Somerset Mammal Group's hedgehog survey.

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Tuesday 4 September

Alan Wells of Pitcombe Rock Falconcry will talk about the different birds of prey; and their work rescuing birds, and educating people about raptors.

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Sunday 9 September

A visit to explore Somerset’s Brilliant Coast and look a the wildlife that is exposed at one of the lowest tides of the year. We shall be accompanied by Rebecca MacDonald on our journey to the low tide line.

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Tuesday 11 September

Since Beavers were frst discovered to be living wild in Devon, much work has been conducted to evaluate their impact on the countryside, both to the environment and co-habiting species. Devon Wildlife Trust explains all.

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Saturday 15 September

Join us for an evening walk around Vallis Vale SSSI to listen and look out for bats, including rare Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats. Led by Adel Avery from the Somerset Bats Group. 

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