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Practical 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.

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Saturday 1 June - Monday 30 September

Open for private viewings in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust, by prior arrangement between March and September.

Hillcrest is a 5-acre garden with so many special places within it that everyone can find a perfect spot to sit and contemplate. It has incredible far reaching views overlooking the Somerset Levels.  There is a very large wild flower meadow leading down to an enormous wildlife pond full of dragonflies. There are bee hives to visit too with a bee expert on hand to answer any questions you may have about these essential visitors to our gardens.  

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Opening for private groups by prior arrangement in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust between April and September.

Broomclose, a stunning Arts and Craft house, has a garden divided into idyllic pockets, from the Camelia Walk to the vegetable garden.

As there is a milder eco-climate here you will find unusual sub tropical trees and plants.  It has been described as “bee heaven” by local beekeepers due to the huge array of bee friendly plants.

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Saturday 21 September

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. Please check back for similar events in the future. Sorry for any disappointment.

Experience nature and discover wildlife in a new way - have a go at sit spotting, otter tag and fox walking bushcraft techniques to improve your peripheral vision and stealth when wildlife watching, with this immersive workshop led by Andy Butterly.

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Join us for our Great British Beach Clean, Saturday 21st September from 12:30 until 14:30! We'll be doing our usual beach clean and survey, recording the litter we pick up.

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Sunday 22 September

Somerset Wildlife Trust and Plastic Free Minehead & West Somerset are leading a Beach Clean at Minehead as part of the Marine Conservation Society National Beach Clean weekend. 

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Tuesday 24 September

Found on the north west coastal region of BC, Canada, the GBR is the largest temperate rainforest on the planet. The ancient rainforests and nutrient-rich ocean, support wildlife and ecosystems as they have been for thousands of years.

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Wednesday 25 September

At our visit the geology of the local area will be explained and we will learn about what is quarried in Somerset.

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Friday 27 September

Dorset based award-winning Natural History photographer Colin Varndell shows variety and breadth of wildlife that can be attracted to a garden specifically planned for wildlife. Shows how a formal garden can be attractive to wildlife as well as less formal.

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Saturday 28 September

Get fit whilst helping wildlife by clearing scrub and cherry laurel that is encroaching into rare limestone grassland and woodland.

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Saturday 28 September - Sunday 29 September

Somerset Wildlife Trust needs you! Come and fly like a Peregrine Falcon and raise money for us at the same time.

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Tuesday 1 October

Dr Rob Williams will talk about the Manu National Park in the Western Amazon, which is part of one of the earth's largest remaining wildernesses, with over 1000 species of birds, and 300 mammals.

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Tuesday 8 October

You are now increasingly likely to see deer in more urban settings. What has caused this shy, rural-dwelling wild animal to extend its domain? Join Jochen Langbein's insightful talk, complete with video, to find out.

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Michael Jordan will talk about the different types of fungi to be found at this time of year and address those important questions: 'Can I eat it? What's the difference between mushrooms and toadstools? and What good are they?' Why not then come along and find them for real on the following Saturday.

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Saturday 12 October - Saturday 9 November

Donna Lawley Hopton, winner of the British Wildlife Open 2018, explores diminishing biodiversity and contemporary environmental issues in paintings that focus on exquisite detail of an animal in its habitat. This exhibition is presented in association with ACEarts.

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Tuesday 15 October

Stephen Mewes is Policy and Campaigning Manager for Somerset Wildlife Trust. He will outline the latest thinking on climate change and how its effects are being dealt with locally in Somerset.

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Saturday 19 October

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. Please check back for similar events in the future. Apologies for any disappointment.

Join us at Torr quarry in Downhead to learn this traditional craft with professional hedge layer Chris Claxton, and help us to restore an important wildlife habitat.

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Join our local naturalist Les Cloutman on a fungi and mushroom foray in Stockhill Forest and learn about some of the 13,000 different species that occur in the UK.

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Saturday 19 October - Sunday 20 October

Michael Jordan will lead a walk in a wood on the Blackdowns to help you find and identify fungi. It's always a good walk in lovely woodlands. Suitable for all ages, including families.

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Saturday 19 October

Surfers Against Sewage, Plastic Free Minehead & West Somerset and Somerset Wildlife Trust are leading a Beach Clean at Minehead as part of the SAS Big Autumn Beach Clean. 

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Thursday 24 October

Come and join us on an enchanting journey back in time on an historic steam locomotive, travelling along the stunning coastline and beautiful Somerset countryside.

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Friday 25 October

Bryan Pinchen, Ecologist and Author will look at the identification of British Grasshoppers, Crickets, Groundhoppers, Cockroaches and Earwigs.

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Sunday 27 October

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. However, there will potentially be another date in November. If you would be interested in this please email Mark Ward at mark.ward@somersetwildlife.org for more information.

Training in how to carry out The Wildlife Trust’s ShoreSearch citizen science project. It will enable you to assist with ecological surveys of Somerset shores with the aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust staff and other local experts. 

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Tuesday 29 October

Tom Ronan will be talking about the organisation 'Plastic Free Wells' and what steps we can take to reduce our use of plastic.

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Sunday 3 November

Owls and Eagles come and see and learn about our fabulous birds of prey. Alan Wells of Pitcombe Rock Falconry will be bringing his birds of prey.

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Saturday 9 November

Help us manage Asham Wood, Mendip’s largest and most biodiverse ancient woodland, with support from the owners of the site, Hanson UK. Training will be provided by local coppicer Harry Samuel.

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