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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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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 20 July - Sunday 21 July

Sharpen your nocturnal senses on a wildlife-rich, night-time ramble across the Mendip landscape with nature and astronomy expert and broadcaster Chris Sperring MBE.

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Tuesday 23 July

The Glow Worm walk will meet in the centre of Somerton before driving a short distance to see these invertebrates just to the south of the town.

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Thursday 25 July - Saturday 27 July

Somerset Wildlife Trust are going to Farm Fest 2019! Farm Fest is a genre-defying melting pot of music, arts, party and people, set to a beautiful Somerset vista. Always independent, it’s good music, good causes and good times. For everyone.

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Saturday 27 July

Are you interested in learning how to make the most of your compost heap? Come along and learn all about how to make really good quality compost in your own garden. 

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Monday 29 July

Dragonflies are some of our most beautiful acrobatic insects but they spend most of their lives underwater as fierce predators. Join us for a family picnic and a stroll around the wildlife rich lakes Frogmary Green Farm to hopefully see these masters of the sky and learn about their incredible lives.

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Tuesday 30 July

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

 

A family seashore safari where children and families can discover and find out more about the fantastic creatures hiding in the rocky shores along Brean beach.

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Wednesday 31 July

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

A family seashore safari where children and families can discover and find out more about the fantastic creatures hiding in the rock pools of Minehead.

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Thursday 1 August

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

Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury-sub-Mendip after dark with expert Peter Bright.

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Saturday 3 August

Mark Ward, Somerset's Brilliant Coast Project Manager, will lead an exploration of the lower reaches of the rocky ledges at Helwell Bay, Watchet, where a low Spring tide will reveal seashore creatures that are not usually seen.

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Sunday 4 August

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event is CANCELLED. Sorry for any disappointment but please check back for similar events in the future.

Opening in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust. Badbury Flower Company is a small Flower Farm. Passionate about growing flowers, Helen grows scented, garden flowers in a sustainable way, nurturing from seed to bloom, for parties, weddings and simple everyday joy.

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Saturday 10 August

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

In the International Year of the Fly what better way of celebrating these and other creep-crawlies than by coming along to an Insect Safari at Berrow Dunes.

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Sunday 11 August

Training in how to carry out coastal watches for dolphins and porpoises from Vanessa Lloyd of the Sea Watch Foundation.

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Thursday 15 August

An exploration of the animals and plants to be found living between the tide lines at Brean Sands. We will be rummaging in rock-pools and seaweed and sieving through the mud and sand to find out the stories of some of the amazing species that have adapted to live in this special ecosystem. 

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Tuesday 27 August

A walk around the Bishops Palace Moat in Wells with local bat expert Dave Cottle and members of the Somerset Bat Group.

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Wednesday 28 August

Bring your smartphone or camera and come and join award-winning wildlife researcher and photographer Victoria Hillman for an interactive Wildlife Photography Session on Berrow Sand Dunes. The sand dune systems are rare, both on a national and local scale and contain a wide variety of coastal habitats which support a diverse range of flora and fauna. Victoria will give you hints and tips for taking the best photos of this precious wildlife habitat both with your phone and camera.

 

Saturday 31 August

An exploration of the diverse communities that can be found on the lower areas of the amazing boulder shore at Gore Point, near Porlock Weir led by Mark Ward, Somerset's Brilliant Coast Project Manager and Nigel Phillips, Somerset Wildlife Trust's Coastal Ambassador.

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Sunday 1 September

This conference is open to anyone with an interest in Somerset's Brilliant Coast. A day of inspirational talks and discussions.

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An exploration of some the amazing marine life to be found between the tides on Kilve Beach. Discover the ecology and behaviour of some of the rocky shore species that are adapted to survive the many challenges of this harsh environment and learn how to tell your whelks from your winkles and your bladder wrack from your sea lettuce. 

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We will head west along the beach from Kilve Pill, where there are plenty of fossils to see to help 'build up' a picture of the environment and marine life of the west Somerset coast 200 million years ago.

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Tuesday 3 September

Stephen Parker of Natural England will talk about Rewilding the landscape to reduce the impact of intensive farming, and promote nature conservation.

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Tuesday 10 September

In 1999 Ruth Pavey, the writer and journalist, acquired a four acre piece of derelict woodland near Aller, which she has been working to restore ever since. She has written a book about her story and will talk about it at the meeting.

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Friday 13 September

This free event is a chance to hear what your local MP thinks about all the many important and pressing environmental issues we all face.

After short 5 minute introductions from David and Somerset Wildlife Trust, the floor is open for questions from the public.

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We are excited to announce local songwriter and guitarist and finalist of the Guardian's Best Folk Album 2018, Kitty Macfarlane has agreed to support us with a fundraising event.

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