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.
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.
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 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
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.
Wednesday 5 December
Woodlands are vital for helping to sustain wildlife across the landscape, and can provide a wealth of environmental, economic and social benefits. This session is for landowners keen to create new woodland or manage existing woods for wildlife.
Ged Keele has lived in Brent Knoll for nearly 20 years and has undertaken wildlife survey work around the area. He will talk about the amazing wildlife he has seen during this survey work.
Tuesday 11 December
James Packer outlines the dramatic story of the instinctive urge of billions of birds to migrate twice a year, travelling thousands of kilometres to breed in Eurasia and then return to winter in Africa: a journey that pushes them to their limit.
Saturday 15 December
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday 16 January
A wander around Catcott nature reserve with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wintering wildlife we can find, especially ducks and waders.
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.
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!