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.
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.
Tuesday 1 May - Sunday 10 June
Owen Rogers, a volunteer from Bath, will give us an overview of the work of the Woodland Trust, Britain's leading woodland conservation charity which aims to project, restore and create woodlands. It has 500,000 members and manages 26,000 hectares of woodland.
Tuesday 1 May
This Naturally Healthy Month, come along for a gentle stroll along the Blackbrook Stream and learn about the wildlife that lives there.
Come and join us for a walk in Long Wood, one of the Somerset Wildlife Trusts oldest reserves and witness the incredible carpert of bluebells that can be found there this time of year. Plus, if there's time, we will see how the trees we planted at Black Rock are growing.
PC Dave Pepper of Avon and Somerset Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit will give a broad ranging talk about the different types of wildlife crime, and tell us how we can assist the police by reporting crime against wildlife.
Wednesday 2 May
This Naturally Healthy Month, join us for some practical conservation work and outdoor fun. Come along and continue the rebuilding of the internal boundary wall at our reserve Velvet Bottom.
Thursday 3 May
This Naturally Healthy Month, get active while helping Somerset’s wildlife at the same time. Join us at Cheddar Wood and replace hurdle gates with field gates & repair boundary fences.
Saturday 5 May
Help us celebrate this beautiful ancient woodland. We're running sessions in woodland crafts, bird calls, Tai Chi, nature discovery, charcoal making and much more! With support from the Hanson in the Community Fund.
View the full programme of the day here by clicking here.
Join us for the frst Somerset Festival of Nature where, with our conservation partners we put on a day of celebration of all things nature-based.
There’s lots of activities to get stuck into such as pond dip, bug-hunting, den-building and much more to get you out and active in the great outdoors.
Come and join Francis Farr-Cox as he unravels the history and mystery of the watercourses of Taunton on this enjoyable guided walks around the town.
Sunday 6 May
A gentle stroll through the woods by Horner Water, listening to birds waking up. Breakfast available if booked.
Tuesday 8 May
This Naturally Healthy Month, get active while helping Somerset’s wildlife at the same time. Join us for step, fence and gate repairs on Dundon Beacon.
It is the endless task of the Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) to record the county’s plant and wildlife. Why is this so
important, and for what is this information used for? Come and fnd out what is our own role in counting our wildlife.
Wednesday 9 May
*This date has changed from May 2nd. Chaffcombe coffee morning fund-raiser for SWT 10:30-noon with Bluebell walk commencing 11:30. Join Valerie & John Godsmark for guided walk focussing on ancient woodland Spring flowers at Park Wood LWS and Private Nature Reserve.
Thursday 10 May
Would you like to learn more about making a Will, keeping it updated and other topical issues? Clarke Wilmott, Solicitors of Taunton, have kindly agreed to speak to our supporters at the Westlands in Yeovil on 10th May. This seminar is free to attend and you will also have the opportunity to ask the experts in Wills, Probate and Inheritance Tax planning any questions you might have, including about being an executor and making a Codicil. Places are limited, so please book.
Saturday 12 May
Please come and support the South East Area Group’s Annual Plant Sale and Coﬀee morning in Castle Cary. Lots of lovely home grown plants for sale. Oﬀers to donate plants and help on the day would be very welcome.
This Naturally Healthy Month, come and join Heart of the Levels Group for a two mile walk through Babcary Meadows Nature Reserve to see orchids and other wildflowers of the season.
This Naturally Healthy Month, come along to Longrun Meadow to learn all about Geocaching - an outdoor activity, in which you use Global Positioning System (GPS) or a mobile device, as well as your navigational skills, to hide and seek containers with items inside. During the afternoon you'll also get the chanec to find caches around the area.
Tuesday 15 May
A visit to Ham Wall. A chance to see Bittern, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Cuckoo, Bearded Reedling.
Wednesday 16 May
This Naturally Healthy Month, get active and help wildlife at the same time. Join us at Long Wood Nature Reserve to help create habitat for wildlife by removing Pendulous Sedge ( an invasive species), and help replace post and rail fences at the reserve entrance and the planking on the footbridge. While you are there, why not take some time to enjoy all the bluebeels that bloom there too.
This Naturally Healthy Month, join us for a chance to discover the plants and butterflies of Hinkley Point B.
Friday 18 May
Come and learn how to identify different types of Bumblebee. This event is in conjuntion with the Friends of Longrun Meadow.
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.
Come on a river adventure with Ollie the Otter and his friends along the River Tone. This guided walk tells you the story of how Ollie is looking for a home.
Have your face painted as your favourite animal and then walk along the watery ways of Taunton with Ollie the Otter and Vern the Vole.