Somerset Wildlife Trust

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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.


Sunday 8 July

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.

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Tuesday 17 July - Saturday 25 August

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).

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Tuesday 17 July

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. 

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Thursday 19 July

Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury-subMendip after dark with expert Peter Bright.

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Sunday 22 July

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.

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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

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Thursday 2 August

Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury-subMendip after dark with expert Peter Bright.

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Saturday 11 August

Discover the 'small wonders' (including insects, galls, fungi, lichens, mosses and ferns) that local wildlife enthusiasts Veryan and Andy Conn will share with you in Coleford's meadows and woodlands.  


Tuesday 21 August

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.

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Wednesday 22 August

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.

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Tuesday 4 September

Alan Wells of Pitcombe Rock Falconcry will talk about the different birds of prey; and their work rescuing birds, and educating people about raptors.

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Sunday 9 September

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.

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Tuesday 11 September

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.

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Saturday 15 September

Join us for an evening walk around Vallis Vale SSSI to listen and look out for bats, including rare Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats. Led by Adel Avery from the Somerset Bats Group. 


Tuesday 18 September

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.

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Tuesday 25 September - Saturday 29 September

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.

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Friday 28 September

Dr Charles Hill author of For the Love of Trees will share insight into the complexities of our native Woodlands. This is based on a life-time’s interest. Sales table. Tea & coffee available

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Tuesday 2 October

Brigit Strawbridge will talk about Bumblebees; their Lifecycles, Behaviour and Importance as Pollinators.

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Saturday 6 October - Saturday 3 November

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).

Sunday 7 October

Special exhibition opening for Somerset Wildlife Trust members and their guests. Be one the frst to view the exhibition. More information will be added to the website soon. 

Tuesday 9 October

Stephen Oliver from Dorset Wildlife Trust talks about Dormice and why they hold the fascination of so many people. Habits, habitats and natural history will be laid bare.

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Tuesday 16 October

The Heart of the Levels Group will conduct a bat walk from the centre of Somerton as part of the Somerset widlife Trust /ACEarts British Wildlife Open Exhibition month.

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Saturday 20 October

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. 

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Friday 26 October

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.

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Tuesday 30 October

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.

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