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Guided Walks

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.


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.


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.


Sunday 7 April

Loxley Wood is an ancient woodland site owned by the Woodland Trust. Ged Keele will lead the walk and there should be an opportunity to see early spring flowers.

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.

Saturday 13 April

Join the East Mendip Watch Group for bird games, building rafts, river dipping and exploring the woodland.

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Monday 15 April

Come and join us for a lunchtime mindfulness session in Longrun Meadow with experienced mindfulness teacher Dr Miranda Bevis. Take a little time out to connect with nature and be present in the here and now. The session will involve several mindfulness practices including mindful movement.


Tuesday 16 April

Helena Crouch will draw on her vast experience and take us on a botanical journey through the Mendips. On the way we will see some of the more distinctive and interesting plants in these hills.

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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.


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.

Saturday 27 April

Roger Dickey will lead a 3km walk from Langport, out along the old railway line and back along the bank of the River Parrett, looking and listening for early migrant birds. Binoculars will be useful.

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Practice your bird and wildflower identification skills on a walk through SWT’s Harridge Wood Nature Reserve with professional ecologist and wildlife enthusiast Eve Tigwell.


Monday 29 April

A walk through country lanes with Medical Herbalist Bett Partridge.

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Wednesday 1 May

Join Valerie & John Godsmark for a coffee morning followed by a guided walk focussing on ancient woodland Spring flowers at Park Wood LWS and Private Nature Reserve.

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Saturday 4 May

This year's South East Area Group's Annual Plant Sale will be part of the 'Eat Cary Festival'.

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Join Chris Holland from WholeLand as he takes us on a fascinating and tasty coastal foraging adventure on Brean Down and the beach.






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