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Events & Shows

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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Sunday 6 January

Our New Year walk follows in the footsteps of famous poets who have gained inspiration from Somerset's sublime landscapes. A walk with magnificent views across the Bristol Channel.

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Tuesday 8 January

Sam Scriven of Jurassic Coast Trust looks at the elemental forces of rock and weather that shape our view of the world, nourish our communities and offer vital lessons about Earth's systems.

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The world’s smallest birds, the only birds that fly backwards, and a bird found only in the Americas. This illustrated talk by Rob Williams will examine hummingbird evolution, diversity, and ecology, exploring their relationship with the many plants with which they have coevolved.

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Thursday 10 January

Come and join us in the new year at the community garden. We will be planting out garlic, pruning shrubs and perennials, shaping the new hedge as well as maintaining the old hedge. 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.

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Saturday 12 January

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.

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Tuesday 15 January

Rob Williams will provide us with an overview of the state of the otter population in Somerset's waterways and how it has changed.

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Sunday 20 January

A community beach clean to help collect litter that has accumulated on Minehead Beach over the festive period. In conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage and West Somerset Together Plastics Campaign.

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Monday 21 January

 A guided walk combining an exploration of the intertidal rocky reefs and other seashore habitats and birdwatching for winter waders and wildfowl feeding on the adjacent mudflats. Running in conjunction with WWT Steart Marshes. 

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Friday 25 January

An opportunity to enjoy wildlife and its behaviour in the countryside as seen through the camera of published local photographer Robin Morrison.

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Tuesday 29 January

Nick Upton has worked as a university biologist, a film-maker wth David Attenborough at the BBC, a writer and a photographer. He has followed UK reintroduction projects such as the Great Crane Project (Somerset), reintroduction of Harvest mice to the Midlands, the Return of Beavers to Devon and Pine Martens to Wales, as well as surveys of Hazel dormouse (In Somerset), Suburban Hedgehog and Swift conservation (Wiltshire). He will tell stories of his varied work and about the concept of 're-wilding' as a conservation strategy.

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Sunday 3 February

Somerset Wildlife Trust Somerset’s Brilliant Coast team would like to invite residents and friends of Berrow to an informal meeting to talk about the important coastal habitats and natural history in and around the Parish. In conjunction with Berrow Conservation Volunteers.

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Tuesday 5 February

Marcus Pearson, Environmental Manager, EDF Energy, will talk about the development of Hinkley Point C and the impact on the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of local communities that are affected by the development of the Nuclear Power Station.

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Naturalist and photographer John Walters will explore the amazing variety of wildlife found within the Dartmoor National Park, from Roe Deer and Bee Hawk Moths to the world's largest slug!

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Thursday 7 February

Join us at the community garden in February for a bit of DIY propagation. We will be planting out mangetout, spring cabbages, lettuces, broccoli and cauliflower in home-made plastic bottle propagators. We will also be adding compost to the beds and other garden tasks. 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. If you have any spare 2ltr empty bottles please bring them along.  

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Saturday 9 February

Join us at Torr quarry in East Mendip to learn the traditional craft of hedgelaying with Chris Claxton and Tina Bath, and help us to restore an important wildlife habitat. With support from the owners of the site, Aggregate Industries.

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Sunday 10 February

Don Hurrell will lead a walk around the Natural England Shapwick Heath NNR to view winter birds. This walk will also be suitable for inexperienced birdwatchers, so come along if you would like to learn more about birding.

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Tuesday 12 February

Roger Dickey has been conducting seabird studies at Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly and wildest part of the UK mainland, for over 10 years on behalf of the MOD. This talk provides a glimpse of the wildlife and natural beauty of a region on the edge of Britain's most inhospitable coastline.

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Wednesday 13 February

A wander around Catcott nature reserve with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wintering wildlife can be found, especially ducks and waders.

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Tuesday 19 February

Doug Robinson is a geologist and will be taking us on a 200 million year odyssey that takes us 7500 km across the planet! Intriuged? Join us to learn more about the making of the Mendips!

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Friday 22 February

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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