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Events

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.

Events

Hedgelaying Training Day at Eley's Field

Saturday 21 October

Thank you for your interest, this event is now fully booked.

Laid hedges create wildlife corridors and safe havens for nesting birds and small animals. Led by local hedgelayer, Bryan Eley, attendees will learn how to manage hedgrows for wildlife, sharpen tools and gain experience of some great techniques to put to work on their own land.

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Snowdrop Open Days

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.

Asham Wood coppicing

Saturday 16 December

We are looking for volunteers to help us manage our old reserve, Asham Woods, Mendip's largest and most diverse ancient semi-natural woodland. Training in coppicing techniques with be provided by local Coppicer, Harry Samuel. Come join us to learn this ancient technique. If you are interested in joining a volunteer day with SWT, come join us in the woods and brush up on your skills in this ancient technique.

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Somerset's Brilliant Coast

Tuesday 17 October

Rebecca MacDonald is Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Coastal Survey Officer. She will tell us about the work being done to survey Somerset’s varied and beautiful coastline.

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The Wildlife on Somerset's Coast

Tuesday 31 October

A talk by Somerset Wildlife Trust Coastal Ambassador Nigel Phillips. We have wonderful marine life, if you know where to look and Somerset’s coast is also one of the best places in the UK to watch wintering birds. All on your doorstep!

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Life and Times of the Brown Hare

Thursday 26 October

Peter Thompson (Biodiversity Advisor, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust) will talk about the history, ecology, distribution and population of Brown Hares, and the reasons for their decline in some parts of the country.

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Some of the world's 52 pheasant species and their conservation

Friday 27 October

For much of his life, local conservationist John Corder has been involved in reintroduction programmes for endangered species in Asia. This illustrated talk will discuss some of these programmes, particularly those of the world’s most threatened pheasant species and will also touch on reintroductions for Tigers, Orangutans and Pandas.

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Solitary Bees and Wasps: Garden Pollinators and Predators

Wednesday 1 November

Bryan Pinchen presents a talk about the important role that solitary bees and wasps play in our gardens, including their fascinating life cycles, ecology and provides ways to attract these beautiful insects to your garden.

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Ladybirds

Tuesday 20 February

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

A Wild Night Out with Chris Packham

Thursday 2 November

Chris Packham has led a remarkable life. He’s gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker.

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