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Our Events help Support vulnerable Wildlife

Help us protect Somerset’s Wildlife by Supporting us and our events. Support our events and you could help protect threated species in your local area such as the hedgehog, Otter, Water vole and Bats.

Supported by over 18,000 members, Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife through its events and projects for over 50 years.

Sadly, we can only run a limited number of events. We need your help to run more events and get more of the community involved with wildlife.

Help Support Our events

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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Sunday 4 March

Join us for a day learning why ponds are important, and how making new ones has an almost immediate effect on local biodiversity. John Dickson, (Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group) will discuss basic pond ecology, construction, planting, management techniques, site selection and some brief guidance on planning and legal considerations. We'll also visit two pond creations in the afternoon.

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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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Tuesday 6 March

You may have seen this previously advertised as th 5th March, this was incorrect. Come along for a wildlife walk along the River Tone and Taunton Canal to find out about all the creatures that live there. The walk is fully accessible and will cover around 2.8km. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

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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 legislation 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

A talk by Hugh Graham from the Devon Wildlife Trust about what is happening with the Beaver Trial in Devon Cost

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