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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.


Thursday 27 October

Come along to the National Trust Information Centre in Cheddar Gorge for a FREE afternoon of activities with the Mendip Hills AONB team.

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If you are nutty about nature and knitting…then don't miss the chance to hop on board with the West Somerset Railway for a Wildlife Special trip to celebrate the launch of our BRAND NEW, and too cute for words, Knit For Nature pattern – Boris The Barn Owl. oin us as we take a trip on a steam train with delicious cream teas to mark the launch of our latest Knit for Nature knitting pattern.

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Martin Nicholas will talk about wildlife in the Amazon rainforest and explain the place of spiders in ancient and contemporary Peruvian culture.

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Friday 28 October

Take a walk to see cave remains above ground at Velvet Bottom and Gruffy Ground SWT reserves, then followed by indoor “armchair caving talk” at St Hugh’s Church opposite Charterhouse Centre.

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In this illustrated presentation Wellington wildlife enthusiast John Marshall will take us through the year showing which butterflies we
can expect to see and where, together with their more important sites.

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The Trust’s Patron Simon King  will be giving an insightful talk about how society’s behaviour affects wildlife, at the Cheese and Grain Frome this October. 

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Saturday 29 October

A day of lectures and lunch, celebrating the finale of Mendip Rocks! 2016.  Speakers include: Duncan Price - "Deepest Mendip" - cave dives to the source of the Mendips's largest springs.  Dr Chris King "Mendip Volcanoes", Les Davies "The story of the Making of the Mendip Hills".  Alan Gray -"Mineral mining on the Mendip Hills".

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Join us if you dare for shrunken apple head carving, apple bobbing, follow our creepy wildlife trail, create some scary clay creatures, refreshments available, music and more…

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Tuesday 1 November

This talk by Anne Bebbington is all about the fruits and seeds of Autumn, and will look at some of the ingenious ways plants spread their species..

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Wednesday 2 November

BioAqua is the biggest aquaponic trout farm in Europe, growing vegetables and rearing Rainbow Trout in the most sustainable and ethical way in a bio-symbiotic system. Antonio Paladino of BioAqua, explains how it all works.

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