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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity concerned with the preservation, protection and improvement of rivers, streams and watercourses. Scott West will outline some of the projects he is involved in around Somerset. Come along to learn more about our county's beautiful rivers.
Saturday 16 March
Discover the best way to create or restore a pond with John Dickson, chairman of Somerset Reptile and Amphibian Group. After a detailed talk with a chance to ask questions, we will be visiting a local pond creation project to learn more.
Tuesday 19 March
Peter Thompson is the Game Conservancy Trust’s Biodiversity advisor, giving advice to farmers and land managers on practical methods of implementing conservation programmes. He will be talking about managing farmland for the brown hare, which is in decline.
Wednesday 20 March
A wander around Westhay Moor with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wildlife can be found. We'll be listening out for booming Bitterns and spring warblers.
Thursday 21 March
In partnership with Clarke Willmott solicitors of Taunton, we are hosting another free seminar followed by a guided walk around Westhay.
Friday 22 March
Stephen Powles will present an introduction to otters: their biology, population crash, their recovery and field signs. He will also introduce us to Hammer Scar, the female otter with whom he spent many hours (as featured on TV).
Tuesday 26 March
More information coming soon.
Thursday 28 March
A lively and entertaining fundraising evening that will literally open your ears to the fascinating world of birdsong, brought to you by well-known Tweet of the Day authors Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss.
Tuesday 2 April
Damon Bridge, Conservation Officer, Somerset Levels and Moors, will talk about the Reserve at West Sedgemoor and the woodland at Swell Wood – the bird, plant and animal species, and how they are managed.
Steve Mewes of the Somerset Wildlife Trust will discuss the Global, UK and Somerset climate change situation, and look at the pressures facing our local wildlife. He will also tell us what the Trust is doing, as well as giving us suggestions of we can do to help.
Saturday 6 April
A walk around Priddy Mineries with John Dickson, looking for emerging adders and other reptiles and amphibians. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.
Tuesday 9 April
Speaker to be confirmed. The Avalon Marshes covers a huge diversity of habitat and species. Managing reserves, farmland, marshes and woodland is a complex business and the talk covers the different challenges, priorities and concerns that face our conservationists.
Friday 26 April
John Bebbington FRPS, who was Somerset county moth recorder until the end of 2018, will give a talk on Somerset Moths. He will cover both the common and rarer, lost and newly arrived species, threats to our declining moth populations and what we can do to encourage moths.