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Events & Shows

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.

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Tuesday 6 February

Dr Rob Williams talks about the stunning variety of hummingbirds found only in the Americas, and examines their evolution, ecology and diversity.

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Wednesday 7 February

Join John Bebbington of the Somerset Moth Group to gain an insight into moths, the invisible part of the lepidoptera family. Find out exactly what is flying through your local area while you sleep.

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Friday 9 February

The three acre garden at Higher Yarde Farm Acre offers stream and ponds and an amazing display of Snowdrops, Helebores and Winter Aconites.

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Saturday 10 February

The three acre garden at Higher Yarde Farm Acre offers stream and ponds and an amazing display of Snowdrops, Helebores and Winter Aconites.

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Friday 16 February

This beautiful garden will open for their stunning Snowdrop display. Please bear in mind that as with all flowers, we cannot guarantee that they will be at their finest on this date, but we hope so!

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Saturday 17 February

The bird list at Westhay continues to increase, and late winter is a good time to see many of the over-wintering birds, including some rarities. Mick Ridgard will take us round this key SWT Reserve to see what’s about.

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Tuesday 20 February

MARINElife is a UK-based charity established to coordinate and develop a growing portfolio of global cetacean and seabird research and monitoring projects. Rick Morris, the current chair of the organisation, will talk about its work.

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Brian Pincen looks at the identification of British Ladybirds, their life cycles, predators, habitats and conservation.

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Thursday 22 February

Join Somerset Wildlife Trust for a stroll around the River Tone looking out for the wildlife that lives there. The walk will take around half an hour and will cover just over 1km. This will be a gentle walk with regular stops along the way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

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Charles MacKay MBE works with the UK Border Agency in combating the illegal trade in wildife. He will tell us about graphic examples of some smuggling cases in which he has been involved.

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Friday 23 February

John Walters ecologist, wildlife illustrator and film-maker will present an exploration of the wonderful variety of wildlife in Devon. The south coast's tompot blennies, pipefish and squat lobsters of the rockpools. Amazing display of the male rufous grasshopper and snail shell nesting bees on the undercliff. Dippers, goosanders and mandarin ducks in the river valleys. Heaths and moors include potter wasps moulding nests from mud, the world's largest slug with its bizarre mating habits. Cuckoos duping meadow pipits to raise their young.

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Saturday 24 February

We’re looking for volunteers to help us manage the old SWT reserve at Asham Wood, Mendip’s largest and most biodiverse ancient semi-natural woodland. Training in coppicing work will be provided by a local coppicer and you can brush up your skills in this ancient technique.

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Tuesday 27 February

Well known public speaker with a background in education who throughout his career has made a study of all things Somerset, particularly the coastal areas . Expect to discover little known and seldom seen parts of the county.

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Sunday 4 March

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.

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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.

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Tuesday 6 March

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.

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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

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Tuesday 13 March

PC David Pepper will explain his role of Wildlife Crime Officer within Avon and Somerset Police; the law and legistration involved and how the public can get involved and report incidents.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday 27 March

Hugh Graham gives a talk on the Devon Wildlife Trust Beaver Trial.

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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

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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.

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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.

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