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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.

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Monday 3 April - Monday 1 May

Over 100 images and videos, including winning and commended entries from fifteen categories including: Animal Portraits, Coast and Marine, Urban Wildlife, Young People's Awards and Wild Woods.

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Wednesday 26 April - Wednesday 31 May

This May will once again be known as Naturally Healthy Month, as Active Devon and Public Health in Somerset coordinate its Naturally Healthy Campaign on behalf of the Devon and Somerset Local Nature Partnership.  Building on the success of Devon’s previous campaigns, and with the help of Somerset Wildlife Trust, this will be Somerset’s first year in the programme, and it is hoped that it will be as successful as it has been for Devon in previous years.

Thursday 27 April

Tony House will talk, with videos, on sun fiish, dust-bathing kestrels, choughs, little auks, adders, peregrines, ravens, dragonflies and, of course, otters.

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Friday 28 April

Arminel Scott a Wildlife Supervisor at RSPCA, West Hatch will present an overview of the species, average number of admissions annually, seasonal orphans and trends. Includes post-release monitoring studies: soft release and support eg otters, foxes, badgers and hard release eg seals, owls, gulls. Details will be given of the work of the specialist oiled bird rehabilitation centre. Short AGM will follow.

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Tuesday 2 May

Talk about how gardeners can encourage wildlife into their gardens by Steve Fry of Castle Gardens in Sherborne.

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Wednesday 3 May

Chaffcombe coffee morning fund-raiser for SWT 10:30-noon with Bluebell walk commencing 11:30. Join Valerie & John Godsmark for guided walk focussing on ancient woodland Spring flowers at Park Wood LWS and Private Nature Reserve.

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Saturday 6 May

Joint event with South Somerset RSPB group. Walk led by Colin Ryall. Join Valerie & John Godsmark to help determine the birds singing in this Ancient woodland Local Wildlife Site.

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Please join us on a visit to the Blashford Lakes reserve in Hampshire. The lakes are a series of flooded former gravel pits surrounded
by willow, birch and alder woodland, as well as grassland. The reserve attracts thousands of wildfowl in winter as well as bittern
and good numbers of woodland birds including redpoll, siskin and brambling.

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A fascinating walk with Jim Rosser through mixed woodland and farmland in the Spring, visiting the ruins of St Leonard's Church in Sutton Veny to see ancient yew trees.

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A final thanks to Anne and Norman Lees for opening their splendid garden that contains numerous wildlife features. We have decided that this will be our last Plant Sale at Mark, so we hope for fine weather and a good attendance to celebrate the occasion. Coffee and cakes and hundreds of choice plants available.

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