Our Events help Support vulnerable Wildlife
Help us protect Somerset’s Wildlife by Supporting us and our events. Support our events and you could help protect threated species in your local area such as the hedgehog, Otter, Water vole and Bats.
Supported by over 18,000 members, Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife through its events and projects for over 50 years.
Sadly, we can only run a limited number of events. We need your help to run more events and get more of the community involved with wildlife.
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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 21 October
This year we will be holding a Members’ Day, which will include Somerset Wildlife Trust’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be followed by an update on our nature reserves by Tim Youngs, Director of Land Management, members of his team, and other guest speakers. Refreshments, including lunch, will be provided. The AGM is free to attend but lunch must be booked in advance for which a charge will be made.
This event is postponed, due to predicted bad weather. It will be taking place on 4th November instead. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.