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Family 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.

Wednesday 20 March

This event is now fully booked. Sorry for any disappointment. We are running another Westhay Wildlife Walk on Wednesday 17th April if you are interested. 

A wander around Westhay Moor with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wildlife can be found. We'll be listening out for booming Bitterns and spring warblers.

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Friday 22 March

Stephen Powles will present an introduction to otters: their biology, population crash, their recovery and field signs. He will also introduce us to Hammer Scar, the female otter with whom he spent many hours (as featured on TV).

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Saturday 23 March

Minehead is associated with buckets and spades, beach games and strolling along the promenade. The bay is also a very diverse natural environment however. Lots of marine species can be found in rock pools, amongst the shingle and in the mud. Many seabirds also visit and there are wild plant communities along the top of the beach and on the coast path.

 

Recording what lives along the brilliant Somerset Coast is very important and will help us protect it in the future. During the BioBlitz we will identify as many species as possible over a 6 hour period. We will be assisted by expert naturalists. Everyone is welcome with no previous knowledge expected.

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Tuesday 26 March

More information coming soon.

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Wednesday 27 March

Somerset Wildlife Trust Somerset’s Brilliant Coast team would like to invite residents and friends of Stogursey to an informal meeting to talk about the important coastal habitats and natural history in and around the Parish. The Somerset Wildlife Trust has funding to support exciting new community projects which enable local people connect to their coastline, to encourage health and well- being and to help protect nature for future generations. We need your ideas and enthusiasm! 

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Thursday 28 March

A lively and entertaining fundraising evening that will literally open your ears to the fascinating world of birdsong, brought to you by well-known Tweet of the Day authors Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss. 

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Tuesday 2 April

Damon Bridge, Conservation Officer, Somerset Levels and Moors, will talk about the Reserve at West Sedgemoor and the woodland at Swell Wood – the bird,  plant and animal species, and how they are managed.

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Steve Mewes of the Somerset Wildlife Trust will discuss the Global, UK and Somerset climate change situation, and look at the pressures facing our local wildlife. He will also tell us what the Trust is doing, as well as giving us suggestions of we can do to help.

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Saturday 6 April

A walk around Priddy Mineries with John Dickson, looking for emerging adders and other reptiles and amphibians. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

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Surfers Against Sewage, Somerset Wildlife Trust and West Somerset Together are leading a Beach Clean at Minehead as part of the SAS National Spring Beach Clean week.

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Tuesday 9 April

Spend the morning with Tilda Gibbs, Forest School Leader on a family woodland adventure discovering a beautiful stretch of coastal woodland tucked behind the sand dunes near Berrow. Families will have the opportunity to take part in a range of nature inspired games, challenges and sensory quests as well as enjoying some campfire treats!

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Spend the afternoon with Tilda Gibbs, Forest School Leader on a family woodland adventure discovering a beautiful stretch of coastal woodland tucked behind the sand dunes near Berrow. Families will have the opportunity to take part in a range of nature inspired games, challenges and sensory quests as well as enjoying some campfire treats!

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Speaker to be confirmed. The Avalon Marshes covers a huge diversity of habitat and species. Managing reserves, farmland, marshes and woodland is a complex business and the talk covers the different challenges, priorities and concerns that face our conservationists.

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Wednesday 10 April

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Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS (or your mobile phone) to hide and seek containers (caches) with other participants in the activity. Come along to Dunster beach to discover the new caches that are being launched in the afternoon and take part in a beach clean along this beautiful stretch of coastline. There will be experienced geo-cachers on hand if you are new to geocaching.

Wednesday 17 April

This event is now fully booked. Sorry for any disappointment. Please keep looking at our events page for similar events in the future. 

A wander around Westhay Moor with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wildlife can be found. We'll be listening out for booming Bitterns and spring warblers.

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Friday 26 April

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John Bebbington FRPS, who was Somerset county moth recorder until the end of 2018, will give a talk on Somerset Moths. He will cover both the common and rarer, lost and newly arrived species, threats to our declining moth populations and what we can do to encourage moths.

Wednesday 22 May

A wander around Westhay Moor with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wildlife can be found. We'll be looking for summer arrivals such as Hobby, Swifts and various warblers.

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Wednesday 5 June

Join us for a free seminar with Clarke Willmott solicitors to find out more about writing a Will, keeping it updated as well as the Inheritance Tax benefits of leaving a gift to charity. The seminar is followed by a guided walk around our award-winning Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve with our Avalon Marshes Senior Reserves Manager Mark Blake.

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