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Family 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.

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Sunday 14 January - Wednesday 24 January

Please come along and support Butterfly Bank Project. Last winter we, the Parish Council and local volunteers completed clearance of the site. During the summer, more than 50 types of wild plant were flowering on the bank.  Come along and join us to clear last summer’s brambles and tidy up the paths. Younger volunteers may want to add to the insect hotel.

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Tuesday 16 January

WWT Warden, Alys Laver, is the warden at Steart Marshes. This lively talk covers the reasons for its development and takes a look at the wildlife that is now present at the site.

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Thursday 25 January

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust for a stroll around the River Tone looking out for the wildlife that lives there. The walk will take around half an hour and will cover just over 1km. This will be a gentle walk with regular stops along the way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

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James Packer is an experienced birder and photographer and chairs the Rarities Committee of the Somerset Ornithological Society. His talk include plenty of photos of exciting bird sightings in Somerset.

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Friday 26 January

Lurking behind the soil, plants and wildlife that help sustain our living landscapes lie deeper and older stories and processes that exert profound control over our surroundings. Elemental forces of rocks and weather shape our view of the world, nourish our communities and offer vital lessons of Earth’s systems. In this presentation, Sam Scriven of Jurassic Coast Trust will explore these ideas.

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Tuesday 30 January

A talk about Somerset's coast and countyrside, by Ian Clemmett, Ranger for the National Trust on Somerset Coast and Countryside.

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Sunday 4 February

Don Hurrell leads a walk that will take you to the Mendip Hide for a view of the upper reaches of the tidal area, then along the bank of the Parrett towards the breach itself and then return via the Quantock Hide.

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Tuesday 6 February

Nigel Phillips, Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Coastal Ambassador, will present this talk primarily about the wonderful wildlife on Somerset’s coast but will also share his knowledge of other great coastal places close by.

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Dr Rob Williams talks about the stunning variety of hummingbirds found only in the Americas, and examines their evolution, ecology and diversity.

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Wednesday 7 February

Join John Bebbington of the Somerset Moth Group to gain an insight into moths, the invisible part of the lepidoptera family. Find out exactly what is flying through your local area while you sleep.

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Friday 9 February

The three acre garden at Higher Yarde Farm Acre offers stream and ponds and an amazing display of Snowdrops, Helebores and Winter Aconites.

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Saturday 10 February

The three acre garden at Higher Yarde Farm Acre offers stream and ponds and an amazing display of Snowdrops, Helebores and Winter Aconites.

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Friday 16 February

This beautiful garden will open for their stunning Snowdrop display. Please bear in mind that as with all flowers, we cannot guarantee that they will be at their finest on this date, but we hope so!

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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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Tuesday 20 February

MARINElife is a UK-based charity established to coordinate and develop a growing portfolio of global cetacean and seabird research and monitoring projects. Rick Morris, the current chair of the organisation, will talk about its work.

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Brian Pincen looks at the identification of British Ladybirds, their life cycles, predators, habitats and conservation.

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Thursday 22 February

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust for a stroll around the River Tone looking out for the wildlife that lives there. The walk will take around half an hour and will cover just over 1km. This will be a gentle walk with regular stops along the way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

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Charles MacKay MBE works with the UK Border Agency in combating the illegal trade in wildife. He will tell us about graphic examples of some smuggling cases in which he has been involved.

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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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Saturday 24 February

We’re looking for volunteers to help us manage the old SWT reserve at Asham Wood, Mendip’s largest and most biodiverse ancient semi-natural woodland. Training in coppicing work will be provided by a local coppicer and you can brush up your skills in this ancient technique.

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It may seem a long way off but Spring will soon be on the minds of our urban and garden birds and it won’t be long before they start looking for nests in which to lay their eggs. So, at our next meeting, we will be helping them in their mission by building bird boxes that you can take home to put up in your garden. We will also be going on a walk around Longrun Meadow, looking for some of the different birds that make Taunton their home and maybe some other bird themed activities.

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Sunday 25 February

Stunning display of hellebores and an abundance of spring flowers will be found at this wonderful garden. There are many places to sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of the nature found here.

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Tuesday 27 February

Well known public speaker with a background in education who throughout his career has made a study of all things Somerset, particularly the coastal areas . Expect to discover little known and seldom seen parts of the county.

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Sunday 4 March

It could be Snowdrops or it could be Daffodils; everything deopends on the weather. Come along and get to know this lovely SWT Reserve better and to see what’s about with Mick Ridgard.

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Monday 5 March

Come along for a wildlife walk along the River Tone and Taunton Canal to find out about all the creatures that live there. The walk is fully accessible and will cover around 2.8km. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

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