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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Wednesday 28 November
An evening with Dame Margaret Drabble celebrates the incredible life and distinguished career of the award-winning author, biographer and critic.
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!
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.