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.
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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.
Callow Bank is an area of limestone grassland above Cheddar Wood. SWT has undertaken signifcant scrub clearance in the area. The visit will take us up through the wood to the Bank which is above the Callow Rock Quarry.
Now in its ninth year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards highlights the great diversity and wealth of the country’s wildlife. The exhibition showcases the great diversity and wealth of the country’s wildlife and raises awareness of our natural habitats and including here in Somerset.We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Red Brick Building to bring this fantastic exhibition to Somerset again. There will be an events programme related to the exhibition, including a wildlife photography walk on 22nd August (details of all events will be available on the website in due course).
A return visit to Lower Chelmsine where David and Lindy Edmondson have developed a Private Nature Reserve with 10 acres of broadleaf
woodland, 5 acres of Hazel/Sweet Chestnut coppice and a most attractive garden and wildlife area. There is also a 400 yr old Linhay Barn. Refreshments for local charity.
Visit this wonderful flower farm with posies to be made. The owner 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.
A walk around the Bishops Palace Moat in Wells with local bat expert Dave Cottle and members of the Somerset Bat Group. Learn how to use a bat detector to identify diﬀerent species, and fascinating facts about bats.
Discover mystic mounds, mini-beasts and late ﬂowers in Somerset’s summer felds on this photography walk. Inspired by the award-winning photographs on display at the Red Brick Building, join wildlife photographers Victoria Hillman and Les Cloutman exploring and photographing the wildlife nearby. Walking through ﬂower-filled water meadows and other habitats, you are likely to come across late butterﬂies and dragonﬂies, grasshoppers and spiders you will be able to try out your skills as a wildlife photographer and learn from two experts.
A visit to explore Somerset’s Brilliant Coast and look a the wildlife that is exposed at one of the lowest tides of the year. We shall be accompanied by Rebecca MacDonald on our journey to the low tide line.
Since Beavers were frst discovered to be living wild in Devon, much work has been conducted to evaluate their impact on the countryside, both to the environment and co-habiting species. Devon Wildlife Trust explains all.
Drought poses a signifcant threat to the environment, agriculture and our water supplies. It could aﬀect us all in various ways. Sarah Ayling will describe her work on the DRY project, which has concentrated on grassland ecology and the way that it responds to drought.
A wonderful talk by Rob Williams who has spent a decade working for the conservation of the Manu National park. Located in the western Amazon and together with neighbouring areas it forms part of the largest contiguous wilderness remaining on Earth and is home to over 1000 bird species and 300 mammals.
A new exhibition celebrating the best of British Wildlife art, including paintings, prints and photographs. Organised by Somerset Wildlife Trust in partnership with local arts charity and gallery, ACEarts. All artworks are for sale and all proceeds from the exhibition will be shared equally by Somerset Wildlife Trust and ACEarts. Opportunity to vote for the best artwork which will be awarded the ‘People’s Prize’ at the end of the exhibition. There will be an events programme related to the exhibition (details will be available on the website in due course).
Get fit whilst helping wildlife by clearing scrub and cherry laurel that is encroaching into rare limestone grassland and woodland. Led by Simon Wiltshire, Biodiversity Advisor for Aggregate Industries.
Mike Langman will present a fun evening on how to improve our skills in bird-watching & other wildlife. Tips on identifcation, estimating numbers in a ﬂock, remembering bird calls. Very interactive presentation: Pencil & notepad useful. Sales table. Tea & coﬀee available.
Our own ‘National Treasure’ and well-known local naturalist Les Cloutman will be looking at Somerset’s wildlife and ﬂowers through the seasons, from your own back gardens to the wild places, from hills to levels, lakes, rivers and coast, and why our county is so very special.