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