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.
Saturday 24 February
It may seem a long way off but Spring will soon be on the minds of our urban and garden birds and it won’t be long before they start looking for nests in which to lay their eggs. So, at our next meeting, we will be helping them in their mission by building bird boxes that you can take home to put up in your garden. We will also be going on a walk around Longrun Meadow, looking for some of the different birds that make Taunton their home and maybe some other bird themed activities.
Sunday 25 February
Stunning display of hellebores and an abundance of spring flowers will be found at this wonderful garden. There are many places to sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of the nature found here.
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.
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.
Monday 5 March
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.