Events & Shows
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.
Wednesday 7 March
Come and hear the latest thinking on climate change, how it is affecting Somerset, its nature and what is being done about it locally with Steve Mewes, SWT Policy and Campaigns Manager. Plenty of time after the talk for lively Q&A and discussion
Tuesday 13 March
PC David Pepper will explain his role of Wildlife Crime Officer within Avon and Somerset Police; the law and legislation involved and how the public can get involved and report incidents.
The RSPB Swell Wood reserve is home to the largest heronry in SW England. With up to 150 Heron nests in some years. Learn more about the heronry and the wider reserve from the RSPB Warden, Steve Ross.
Tuesday 20 March
John Dickson talks about this project which aims to restore a network of ponds in the Mendip Hills to help conserve the Great Crested Newt. This will be the first major attempt to implement landscape level conservation for this protected species.
Friday 23 March
A wonderful talk by Dr Rob Williams, who has spent a decade working for the conservation of Manu National Park and has helped document the area for magazines and TV. Located in the western Amazon, Manu National Park is the world’s most biodiverse protected area, encompassing the humid montane forests of the eastern Andes and the adjacent Amazon lowlands of the Manu river watershed. Together with neigbouring areas it forms part of the largest contiguous wilderness remaining on earth and is home to over a thousand bird species and 300 mammals.
Tuesday 27 March
A talk by Hugh Graham from the Devon Wildlife Trust about what is happening with the Beaver Trial in Devon Cost
Thursday 29 March
Malcolm Taylor, an accomplished wildlife photographer, will talk about the wildlife (including breeding birds, flowering plants, prowling bears and whales) of the glaciers and deserts of the Svalbard Archipelago in high summer, and a journey around Spitzbergen through open water and pake ice, with visits to other islands
Wednesday 4 April
Phil and Vicki Bruss discuss their experiences in developing their tiny Somerset Garden into a miniature wildlife haven, and talk about some of the creatures that have moved in as a result.
Saturday 7 April
Come along and enjoy a wildlife friendly garden in Buckleigh. See what’s buzzing among the borders, listen out for bird calls and learn how to make your own patch welcoming to wildlife over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Sunday 8 April
A short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow with experienced mindfulness teacher Dr Miranda Bevis. Participants are asked to sign up for five sessions which happen once a month. Each session will last approximately one hour and will involve gentle mindful practice in Longrun Meadow to connect with nature.
Tuesday 10 April
Francis Farr Cox unravels the history and mystery of where some of the watercourses around Taunton have disappeared or been diverted. Intriguing look at the ever changing urban landscape.
Friday 13 April
The incredible wildlife full meadow will be bursting with wild flowers. The gardens will be full of spring blooms…a perfect spot to revive yourself after the long winter! This is the first time Charlotte and Charles have opened in the Spring.
Tuesday 17 April
Trevor Riddle is an experienced Somerset birdwatcher and he will talk about his experiences watching birds of prey in Somerset.
Saturday 21 April
A walk around Chancellor’s Farm with John Dickson, looking for emerging Adders and other reptiles and amphibians. (Note the new location this year)
Friday 27 April
Ecologist Adam Robbins will present an ecological discussion about the benefits of waste and waste ground to the plants and animals of the UK; from micro-creatures and micro-climates to the more common species. Short group AGM will follow.
Friday 18 May
Bracondale is a fabulous example of a garden that we can all try to create. There is a small meadow and pond attracting all kinds of wildlife. A calm space to sit and ponder.
Saturday 26 May
Hillcrest has stunning gardens and a beautiful meadow created and looked after by passionate wildlife gardeners, Charlotte and Charles. It is an essential wildlife haven that attracts and protects the local species that in turn gives so much joy to everyone that visits!
Sunday 27 May
Hillcrest is a beautiful garden created by it’s passionate wildlife gardeners, Charlotte and Charles. It is an essential haven that attracts and protects the local wildlife that in turn gives so much joy to everyone that visits!
Wednesday 6 June
Come along to the inspiring Henley Hill Farm to see Wildflower and Grass rich meadows and pastures with incredible views. The meadow has been studied by experts from Somerset Wildlife Trust who could not believe just how many species of flora and fauna they found. Beautiful!
Sunday 17 June
Model Farm shows how much nature can create a sanctuary within a decade. Dave and Roz have made a beautiful garden bursting with wildlife, a joy to spend time in.
Saturday 30 June
Caroline has created a jewel for wildlife. Last year, a top Garden designer came to visit when she opened for Somerset Wildlife Trust and was absolutely full of praise! Combine your visit with a visit to Nunney castle.
Sunday 22 July
Visit this wonderful flower farm with posies to be made. Helen is a flower farmer! Using her beautiful blooms , she creates bouquets and arrangements for all occasions. Come and see how she has done this and create your own posy to take home.
Thursday 26 July
An inspiring, peaceful wildlife garden full of bumbleebees, butterflies and bird song. After your visit, treat yourself to a beautiful cottage garden plant from the nursery