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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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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

A day of inspirational talks and discussions for anyone with an interest in Somerset's Brilliant Coast.

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

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

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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Tuesday 17 September

Ian Clemmett works for the National Trust and is the Lead Ranger for the Somerset Coast and Countryside. The Trust has a number of coastal properties and some significant sites in the Mendips. He will talk about nature conservation on the Trust's properties.

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Saturday 21 September

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.

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Sunday 22 September

Somerset Wildlife Trust and Plastic Free Minehead & West Somerset are leading a Beach Clean at Minehead as part of the Marine Conservation Society National Beach Clean weekend. 

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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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Wednesday 25 September

At our visit the geology of the local area will be explained and we will learn about what is quarried in Somerset.

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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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Saturday 28 September

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

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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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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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Tuesday 8 October

presenter to be confirmed - check back for more details

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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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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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Tuesday 15 October

Stephen Mewes is Policy and Campaigning Manager for Somerset Wildlife Trust. He will outline the latest thinking on climate change and how its effects are being dealt with locally in Somerset.

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