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.
Sunday 7 January
This wonderful walk takes a circular route down Velvet Bottom, past old lead workings and back via Long Wood.
Tuesday 9 January
Everything (almost) you wanted to know about fungi, but didn’t know who to ask – what’s the difference between mushrooms and toadstools? Can I eat them? What are fairy rings? How do I get rid of them from my lawn? Michal Jordan supplies the answers.
John Walters, entomologist and naturalist, artist and writer will talk on the wildlife of Devon, which will include field sketches, photographs and video clips.
Wednesday 10 January
A forum for all local SWT members to come along, mingle, have a slice of cake and talk about their wildlife encounters from the past year. Bring along anything you’d like to show or talk about! Slots available for anyone who wants to openly share their experiences with nature, whether through photographs of the local area or stories of their encounters.
Sunday 14 January
Rodden Nature Reserve was created to help combat the flooding when the River Frome overflows onto the A362. It is also managed for willdife and designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2013. Eve Tigwell will lead this walk around the Reserve to look for wildlife before the site closes for the breeding season.
Tuesday 16 January
WWT Warden, Alys Laver, is the warden at Steart Marshes. This lively talk covers the reasons for its development and takes a look at the wildlife that is now present at the site.
Thursday 25 January
Join Somerset Wildlife Trust for a stroll around the River Tone looking out for the wildlife that lives there. The walk will take around half an hour and will cover just over 1km. This will be a gentle walk with regular stops along the way. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.
James Packer is an experienced birder and photographer and chairs the Rarities Committee of the Somerset Ornithological Society. His talk include plenty of photos of exciting bird sightings in Somerset.
Friday 26 January
Lurking behind the soil, plants and wildlife that help sustain our living landscapes lie deeper and older stories and processes that exert profound control over our surroundings. Elemental forces of rocks and weather shape our view of the world, nourish our communities and offer vital lessons of Earth’s systems. In this presentation, Sam Scriven of Jurassic Coast Trust will explore these ideas.
Tuesday 30 January
A talk about Somerset's coast and countyrside, by Ian Clemmett, Ranger for the National Trust on Somerset Coast and Countryside.