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 February
Spend the afternoon with Tilda Gibbs from The Somerset Wildlife Trust on Minehead 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.
Mike Blackmore of The Wild Trout Trust describes the key role of wild trout in freshwater conservation and river restoration in the UK. Come along to learn more about their importance!
Saturday 23 February
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.
Sunday 24 February
Do you know your blue tits from your blackbirds? Come along for an exciting chance to learn all about birds and even make bird feeders to take home to keep your feathered friends well fed this winter.
Tuesday 26 February
Jim Hardcastle is the Manager of the Mendip Hills AONB. He will be looking at the current research that shows the state of the AONB what the future holds for this outstandingly beautiful and nationally protected landscape.
Tuesday 5 March
Colin Varndell, an award winning photographer, will talk about the ecology of the Hedgehog; its diet, and dangers that Hedgehogs face in our modern world. His presentation also covers what we can do to help hedgehogs survive in our gardens.
Thursday 7 March
Join us in the community garden to plant out onions, leeks, radish, lettuce, rocket and other salad leaf plugs. We will also have a go at building brassica cages, weeding the beds and harvesting any nettles around the site to make fertiliser. We will also start growing herbs in pots. This is a practical volunteering session, please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. We generally break for lunch around 12.30 so please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 12 March
After the devastation wreaked by supporting wars and development in the last century, British woodland is now protected and preserved for the nation. But in recent years it has been threatened by a more insidious danger - that of disease, with many of our traditional species in danger of extinction. The Woodland Trust explains why and what we are doing about it.
Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity concerned with the preservation, protection and improvement of rivers, streams and watercourses. Scott West will outline some of the projects he is involved in around Somerset. Come along to learn more about our county's beautiful rivers.
Saturday 16 March
This event is now fully booked. Sorry for any disappointment. Please keep looking at our events page for similar events in the future.
Discover the best way to create or restore a pond with John Dickson, chairman of Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group. After a detailed talk with a chance to ask questions, we will be visiting a local pond creation project to learn more.