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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 24 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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Our visit is timed to start at 11.00am so that we have time to walk over to Helwell along the cliff path and then down to toward the low tide line at 1.02pm. We will return by 1.30pm. Helwell Bay has a surprisingly diverse amount of rocky shore life to be discovered.  We shall be led by marine biologist and rocky shore expert, Dr Mark Ward, the SWT Somerset’s Brilliant Coast Project manager. 

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Sunday 25 November

Come and join us for a short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow. Participants can either sign up for four sessions or book on to individual sessions. 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.

     

       

Our visit is timed to start at 1.30pm so that we have time to walk along the cliff path and then down to onto the beach at Helwell Bay to return by 3.30pm. The walk will be led by local geologist, Andy King and Natural England’s senior geologist, Dave Evans, who will introduce you to some of the amazing geological stories that can be told along this stretch of coast and show you some of the rock formations and fossils that can be found here. Wildlife Trust staff will give us a briefing on what to expect before we start.

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Tuesday 27 November

A pleasant route, taking in a beautiful stretch of Taunton’s River Tone and a quiet section of the Canal. There will be regular stops along the walk to see what wildlife we can spot around the area. Unfortunately, this walk is not fully accessible for those with wheelchairs due to steps. Sturdy footwear recommended. Distance: 2.8km

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This event is now fully booked. Sorry for any disapointment. Please keep looking at our events page for similar events in the future. This is a great opportunity to enjoy viewing and learning about wetland birds, birds of prey and possibly cranes from the comfort of excellent, elevated converted barn hide. 1/4 mile walk.

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James Packer is an experienced birder and photographer and chairs the Rarities Committee of the Somerset Ornithological Society. His talk will include plenty of photos of exciting bird sightings in Somerset so is not to be missed!

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Wednesday 28 November

An evening with Dame Margaret Drabble celebrates the incredible life and distinguished career of the award-winning author, biographer and critic.


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Saturday 1 December

Spend the afternoon with Tilda Gibbs from The Somerset Wildlife Trust on Brean Down beach helping to make the beach a safer haven for wildlife and more beautiful place for visitors by taking part in a family beach clean. On completion of the beach clean families will have an opportunity to create some environmental art on the beach or return to upstairs of The Cove Café to create a Christmas decoration made out of natural scavenged beach treasures!

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Tuesday 4 December

Dr Tom Brereton, of the charity Marinelife in Dorset, will explain the results of over twenty years of surveying the remarkable diversity of species off our coast, including whales, dolphins and seabirds.

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Wednesday 5 December

Woodlands are vital for helping to sustain wildlife across the landscape, and can provide a wealth of environmental, economic and social benefits. This session is for landowners keen to create new woodland or manage existing woods for wildlife. 

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Ged Keele has lived in Brent Knoll for nearly 20 years and has undertaken wildlife survey work around the area. He will talk about the amazing wildlife he has seen during this survey work.

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Saturday 8 December

Learn the rural skill of hedge laying with the Blackdown Hills Hedge Association's Free hedge laying course

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Tuesday 11 December

James Packer outlines the dramatic story of the instinctive urge of billions of birds to migrate twice a year, travelling thousands of kilometres to breed in Eurasia and then return to winter in Africa: a journey that pushes them to their limit.

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Saturday 15 December

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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Sunday 6 January

Our New Year walk follows in the footsteps of famous poets who have gained inspiration from Somerset's sublime landscapes. A walk with magnificent views across the Bristol Channel.

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Tuesday 8 January

Sam Scriven of Jurassic Coast Trust looks at the elemental forces of rock and weather that shape our view of the world, nourish our communities and offer vital lessons about Earth's systems.

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The world’s smallest birds, the only birds that fly backwards, and a bird found only in the Americas. This illustrated talk by Rob Williams will examine hummingbird evolution, diversity, and ecology, exploring their relationship with the many plants with which they have coevolved.

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Saturday 12 January

Help us manage Asham Wood, Mendip’s largest and most biodiverse ancient woodland, with support from the owners of the site, Hanson UK. It's a great way of being active and spending time outdoors. Training will be provided by local coppicer Harry Samuel.

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Tuesday 15 January

Rob Williams will provide us with an overview of the state of the otter population in Somerset's waterways and how it has changed.

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Friday 25 January

An opportunity to enjoy wildlife and its behaviour in the countryside as seen through the camera of published local photographer Robin Morrison.

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Tuesday 29 January

Nick Upton has worked as a university biologist, a film-maker wth David Attenborough at the BBC, a writer and a photographer. He has followed UK reintroduction projects such as the Great Crane Project (Somerset), reintroduction of Harvest mice to the Midlands, the Return of Beavers to Devon and Pine Martens to Wales, as well as surveys of Hazel dormouse (In Somerset), Suburban Hedgehog and Swift conservation (Wiltshire). He will tell stories of his varied work and about the concept of 're-wilding' as a conservation strategy.

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Tuesday 5 February

Marcus Pearson, Environmental Manager, EDF Energy, will talk about the development of Hinkley Point C and the impact on the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of local communities that are affected by the development of the Nuclear Power Station.

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Naturalist and photographer John Walters will explore the amazing variety of wildlife found within the Dartmoor National Park, from Roe Deer and Bee Hawk Moths to the world's largest slug!

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Saturday 9 February

Join us at Torr quarry in East Mendip to learn the traditional craft of hedgelaying with Chris Claxton and Tina Bath, and help us to restore an important wildlife habitat. With support from the owners of the site, Aggregate Industries.

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