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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.


Tuesday 6 December

Talk about Otters by Dr Rob Williams, Chair of the Somerset Otter Group.

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Wednesday 7 December

Tim Youngs, Somerset WIldlife Trust’s Director of Land Management will talk about the Polden Way and its Reserves. The Polden Way runs from Walcot Hill to Hurcot Hill through many nature reserves.

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Alys Laver is the WWT warden at Steart Marshes, She will talk about the reasons for its development and the wonderful wildlife that is now present at the site.

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Tuesday 13 December

Dr Anne Bebbington, who has worked for many years as a botanist, plant ecologist and environmental educator, will give an illustrated talk looking at the wide range of wildlife in a small garden on the edge of town and the threats to biodiversity. John Bebbington will provide the fascinating images of plants, insects and wildlife

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Francis Farr- Cox will give an illustrated talk on the many and various British Spiders, explaining where spiders and other British arachnids fit into the animal kingdom. A description of a typical spider will cover anatomy and its functions of life, feeding ,breathing and reproduction.

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Sunday 8 January

A New Year walk in and around Cheddar Reservoir in comjunction with the local Watch Group. The exact route will be decided when the state of local footpaths is clear nearer the time.

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Tuesday 10 January

James Packer describes why many species of birds cross the Mediterranean Sea. He examines the various species that use the important Mediterranean flyways, their strategies for crossing, and the benefits and hazards to them in doing so.

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Sunday 15 January

A wintery walk around Witham Park Woods looking for Winter birds and viewing the knock-on effects of Larch disease.

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Tuesday 17 January

The shooting of migrant birds on passage in the Mediterranean is a major conservation issue. Roger Lucken provides support to local communities that are trying to change community behaviour.

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Thursday 19 January

A talk by Nigel Garnsworthy of the National Trust about the conservation work carried out by the NT in this area.

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