Somerset Wildlife Trust

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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.

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Friday 26 October

Mike Langman will present a fun evening on how to improve our skills in bird-watching & other wildlife. Tips on identifcation, estimating numbers in a flock, remembering bird calls. Very interactive presentation: Pencil & notepad useful. Sales table. Tea & coffee available.

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Saturday 27 October

Come and join us for a fun Halloween themed Watch Session this October. We will be completing a spooky trail around French Weir Park, making some stinky potions and creating some creepy crafts for the occasion. The session will involve an outdoor portion so please wear clothing suitable for the weather.

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As a part of the British Wildlife Open, ACEarts is holding an artist-led drawing day where people can drop in and get involved with drawing. 

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Sunday 28 October

Come and join us for a short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow. We will be doing gentle mindful movement and mindfulness practices aimed at helping us to be present in the moment and to connect with nature.



Tuesday 30 October

Our own ‘National Treasure’ and well-known local naturalist Les Cloutman will be looking at Somerset’s wildlife and flowers through the seasons, from your own back gardens to the wild places, from hills to levels, lakes, rivers and coast, and why our county is so very special.

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Wednesday 31 October

In partnership with ACEarts and the British Wildlife Open Exhibition in Somerton, Roger Dickey and Chris Chappell will be talking about and illustrating the various species of birds commonly found around Somerton.

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In partnership with ACEarts and the British Wildlife Open Exhibition in Somerton, Roger Dickey and Chris Chappell will be talking about and illustrating the various species of birds commonly found around Somerton.

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Thursday 1 November

Come along and help us to look after the Lisieux Way Community Garden in Taunton. For the session we will be planting Spring bulbs, sowing wildflower seeds in the meadow and weeding the beds. All help would be very welcome. Please wear sturdy footwear, gloves if you have them and suitable outdoor clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Tea and cake will be provided but do bring a packed lunch if you would like something more substantial.

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Saturday 3 November

Surfers Against Sewage are leading a Beach Clean at Minehead as part of their National Autumn Beach Clean week starting at 10am. After the clean at 12 noon, there will be a gathering at The Beach Hotel with free tea and coffee, to sort the litter that has been collected and to chat about SAS’s campaign to get Minehead and its coast recognised as an SAS Plastic Free Community. This campaign is supported by local businesses and other partners including SWT Somerset’s Brilliant Coast Project. Watch this space for further beach cleans and other related events to be run over the coming months and visit the campaign’s Facebook page at Plastic Free Communities - Minehead & West Somerset 

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This is a member's only event

During the morning’s free AGM CEO Simon Nash, Chair Patricia Stainton and Treasurer John Scotford will tell you all about the work we have completed in the last year across the county, and give you an insight of the year going forwards. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the CEO and Council. The AGM is free to all members of Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Following this, we hope you will stay for the Members' Day event in the afternoon, which consists of a buffet lunch, series of talks by climate change experts, and tea and cake. Both events are a great opportunity to meet other wildlife supporters and the trustees, staff and volunteers of the Trust. You can come to either or both sections of the day but it would be great to see you there!

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