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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.


    FULLY BOOKED - Shoresearch Training

    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 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. 


    FULLY BOOKED: Nature Awareness in the Woods

    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.


    The Great Bear Rainforest

    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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    Colin & Susy Varndell's A Wild Garden

    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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    Scrub Clearing Volunteer Day

    Saturday 28 September

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


    Somerset Wildlife Trust Sponsored Skydive!

    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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    Manu - Where the Amazon Meets the Andes

    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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    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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    British Deer and the Urban Environment

    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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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    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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