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Guided Walks

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 19 September

If you are interested in pledging a gift in your Will to Somerset Wildlife and would like to see first-hand how gifts in Wills have supported our habitat management work on the Somerset Levels, then why not join us for a free guided walk at our award winning Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve with Brue Valley Reserves Manager Mark Blake. 

Wheelchair access Dog Walking  Talk  

       

Tuesday 25 September

Take in a lively stretch of the River Tone, a wildlife mural and the Mill Stream on this enjoyable wildlife walk around Taunton. There will be regular stops along the way to see what wildlife we can see along the River Tone and the walk is fully accessible. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Distance: 2km.

Wheelchair access Dog Walking FamilyEvent Smoother Walk 

       

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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Sunday 30 September

Come and join us for a short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow. We will be doing gentle mindful movement and mindfulness practices aimed at helping us to be present in the moment and to connect with nature.

     

       

Tuesday 2 October

Ed Drewitt, Naturalist and Author, will share with us what his studies of urban peregrines have revealed about why they are in our towns,
what they are eating, where young birds go when they leave the nest and how the future looks for them in Somerset and around the UK.

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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).

Saturday 6 October

Come along to see this stunning kitchen garden, with woodland, ponds and orchards all rich in wildlife. There is something for everyone, including vintage tractors in the barn and a farm shop that sells local produce and cream teas!

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Sunday 7 October

Members only Event - a special exhibition opening for Somerset Wildlife Trust members and their guests. Be one the frst to view 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.

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. 

Walk Practical

       

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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Sunday 28 October

Come and join us for a short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow. We will be doing gentle mindful movement and mindfulness practices aimed at helping us to be present in the moment and to connect with nature.

     

       

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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Saturday 3 November

This is a member's only event

During the morning’s free AGM CEO Simon Nash, Chair Patricia Stainton and Treasurer John Scotford will tell you all about the work we have completed in the last year across the county, and give you an insight of the year going forwards. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the CEO and Council. The AGM is free to all members of Somerset Wildlife Trust and we would love for you to join us for the Members’ Day event in the afternoon too - find out more here. Both events are exclusive to our members and are a great opportunity to meet other wildlife supporters and the trustees, staff and volunteers of the Trust.

Wheelchair access Talk  

       

This is a member's only event

Following our AGM we would like to invite our members to our annual Members' Day event. This year our Members' Day Event will focus on how climate change will impact wildlife in Somerset.

Within the last 10 years several new and exciting species like Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, and Black-crowned Night Heron have arrived and bred in Somerset. The distribution of these species is progressively creeping northwards as our climate gradually changes. Climate change is widely considered to be one of the greatest long-term threats to nature globally, so in what other ways will climate change impact Somerset and its wildlife? What gains and losses may result and what can, or should, we be doing now to prepare for this?

Wheelchair access Talk  

       

Saturday 24 November

Help us manage Asham Wood, Mendip's largest and most biodiverse ancient woodland, with support from the owners of the site, Hanson UK. Training will be provided by local coppicer, Harry Samuel. 

Walk Practical

       

Sunday 25 November

Come and join us for a short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow. Participants can either sign up for four sessions or book on to individual sessions. We will be doing gentle mindful movement and mindfulness practices aimed at helping us to be present in the moment and to connect with nature.

     

       

Tuesday 27 November

A pleasant route, taking in a beautiful stretch of Taunton’s River Tone and a quiet section of the Canal. There will be regular stops along the walk to see what wildlife we can spot around the area. Unfortunately, this walk is not fully accessible for those with wheelchairs due to steps. Sturdy footwear recommended. Distance: 2.8km

 Dog Walking FamilyEvent Smoother  Walk 

       

Saturday 15 December

Help us manage Asham Wood, Mendip's largest and most biodiverse ancient woodland, with support from the owners of the site, Hanson UK. Training will be provided by local coppicer, Harry Samuel. 

Walk Practical

       

 

 

 

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