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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.


Thursday 26 October

Somerset Wildlife Trust’s special fundraiser returns for a second year and is proud to present the ‘Steam Tea Wildlife Special’  steam train ride with special VIP guest – Val Stones from TV’s ‘Great British Bake Off’. Val will be enjoying a cream tea with you, enjoying the stunning Somerset countryside and judging scones and jam on the way! 

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Peter Thompson (Biodiversity Advisor, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust) will talk about the history, ecology, distribution and population of Brown Hares, and the reasons for their decline in some parts of the country.

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Friday 27 October

For much of his life, local conservationist John Corder has been involved in reintroduction programmes for endangered species in Asia. This illustrated talk will discuss some of these programmes, particularly those of the world’s most threatened pheasant species and will also touch on reintroductions for Tigers, Orangutans and Pandas.

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Saturday 28 October

A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Children’s Wood Project where trees were planted for each child born in Taunton Deane. The event will also be a celebration of Apple Day and will include lots of family activities such as apple juicing, crafts and apple head carving. There will also be an apple circus run by FUSE Performance where you can learn to juggle with apples, make some juggling balls and have a go at circus tricks. Somerset Art Works will also be at the event running a fruit printing workshop.
Light refreshments will be available on the day.

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Tuesday 31 October

A talk by Somerset Wildlife Trust Coastal Ambassador Nigel Phillips. We have wonderful marine life, if you know where to look and Somerset’s coast is also one of the best places in the UK to watch wintering birds. All on your doorstep!

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Wednesday 1 November

Bryan Pinchen presents a talk about the important role that solitary bees and wasps play in our gardens, including their fascinating life cycles, ecology and provides ways to attract these beautiful insects to your garden.

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Thursday 2 November

Chris Packham has led a remarkable life. He’s gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker.

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Saturday 4 November

 Join Michael Jordan the well known mycologist and founder of the Association of British Fungal Groups on a fungi and mushroom foray in Stockhill Forest, and learn about the 13,000 different species that occur in the UK.

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Tuesday 7 November

Francis Farr Cox talks about Britain’s fascinating variety of spiders, and their different biology and behaviours.

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Wednesday 8 November

This winter we are holding a free legacy seminar with Clarke Willmott Solicitors for our supporters and their guests. This opportunity will help you learn more about making a Will, keeping it updated and other topical issues, such as inheritance tax planning, and lasting powers of attorney. The event will last about 90 minutes in total and will include a presentation and a question and answer session, which will be followed by tea and cake. It will be a relaxed, informal afternoon with an opportunity to meet fellow supporters and Somerset Wildlife Trust staff.

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