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.
Tuesday 27 February
Mike is a well-known and popular local speaker having given talks all around Somerset and Dorset with the occasional excursion to foreign parts like Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire and North Somerset.
Saturday 3 March
Discover one of our nature reserves, and make a giant willow flower using locally grown materials.
Sunday 4 March
Join us for a day learning why ponds are important, and how making new ones has an almost immediate effect on local biodiversity. John Dickson, (Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group) will discuss basic pond ecology, construction, planting, management techniques, site selection and some brief guidance on planning and legal considerations. We'll also visit two pond creations in the afternoon.
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.
Tuesday 6 March
You may have seen this previously advertised as th 5th March, this was incorrect. 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.
Tree Sparrows declined in the UK by 95% between 1970 and 2000. Tamsin Holmes of the National Trust will tell us about Stourhead’s Tree Sparrow Project to encourage the revival of this endangered species.
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.
Saturday 14 April
Practice your bird and wildflower identification skills on a walk through Somerset Wildlife Trust's Harridge Wood Nature Reserve with professional ecologist and Wildlife enthusiast Eve Tigwell.
Visit one of our nature reserves, home to some of the best wildflower meadows in the county to learn all about butterflies and create your own mini butterfly garden.
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.
Tuesday 1 May
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.
Saturday 5 May