Somerset Wildlife Trust

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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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Tuesday 5 November

Maddy Buttner of the Exmoor Pony Society looks at the history of Somerset's native Pony, explaining how this rare breed living wild on Exmoor is perfectly adapted to its environment, conserving the moorland through grazing.

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Wednesday 6 November

A wander around Westhay Moor with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wildlife can be found.

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Saturday 9 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.

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The 55th AGM will be held from 11am until 1pm where new CEO Georgia Stokes will tell you all about the work we have completed in the last year across the county, and give you an insight of the year going forwards.

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Tuesday 12 November

Learn from the Site Manager, Alys Laver,about this fantastic example of landscape scale habitat creation. Hear about the history behind the scheme, the ongoing management and the wildlife that has benefitted as the Reserve develops and matures. Then come and see the project on the ground on 30th November.

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Gavin Pretor Pinney is the chairman and founder member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. He contends that we are blessed in this country with a uniquely rich and varied cloudscape, which has hitherto been sadly undervalued.

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Sunday 17 November

Join us at Torr quarry in Downhead to learn this traditional craft with professional hedgelayer Chris Claxton, and help us to restore an important wildlife habitat. With support from the owners of the site, Aggregate Industries.

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Training in how to carry out The Wildlife Trust’s Shoresearch citizen science project. Find out more here. It will enable you to assist with ecological surveys of Somerset shores with the aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust staff and other local experts. A series of surveys are planned along the Somerset Coast in the 12 month period after this training. The session will start in the National Trust Café at Brean Down (upstairs) with an introduction at the Shoresearch protocol and some basic identification skills practice. This will be followed by putting the survey methods into practice on the seashore at Brean Down.

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Tuesday 19 November

The Mediterranean is a very important stopover for bird migrants coming from Africa to Europe. James Packer will talk about migration patterns and his experiences seeking out migrants on passage.

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Tuesday 26 November

Helena Crouch is plant recorder for the north part of Somerset on behalf of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and will be taking us on a virtual walk around Brean Down to see what specimens can be found there.

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Friday 29 November

Roger Dickey has been conducting seabird surveys on Ascension Island for 26 years and will talk about the place, the wildlife and his survey work.

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Saturday 30 November

Come and have a look around this fantastic and exciting project. See how it’s developed over time and see some of the wildlife which is benefitting as a result.

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Tuesday 3 December

What makes a good birder? Mike Langman shares his experiences of birding, telling us how to improve our birding and natural history skills.

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Wednesday 4 December

A wander around Westhay Moor with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wildlife can be found.

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Francis Farr-Cox will explain how Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), which is used to plot river levels in the Somerset Levels and Moors, revealed this ancient river, which disappeared in the late middle ages.

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Tuesday 10 December

Come and learn more about how these wonderful, iconic creatures are coming back to Somerset's rivers and streams.

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A Christmas social event specifically for Heart of the Levels supporters and their families, with refreshments and food provided AND a quiz with a difference.

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Sunday 15 December

Join us at Torr quarry in Downhead to learn this traditional craft with professional hedgelayer Chris Claxton, and help us to restore an important wildlife habitat. With support from the owners of the site, Aggregate Industries.

Practical

Saturday 21 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.

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Saturday 11 January

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.

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Tuesday 14 January

It's not just about native plants! Come and learn from Eve Tigwell, local wildlife gardening expert, about how to look after wildlife in your garden without turning it into an untidy jungle.

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WetlandLIFE is a project exploring the ecological, economic, social and cultural values associated with wetlands in England to better understand how to manage change into the future.

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Wednesday 15 January

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 21 January

Wildlife is appreciated by many, but how far do our eyes penetrate under the surface of the water? The many fish that occur in our lowland rivers are as diverse as they are fascinating, each elegantly adapted to a particular life style. This talk by Mark Everard will explore the fishy wealth in our lowland rivers.

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Friday 24 January

Local wildlife enthusiasts, Lynn and Steve Osborne take you on a visual journey to Southern Argentina and Chile, across glaciers, mountains and along spectacular coastlines taking in a vast range of wildlife including southern right whales, Elephant Seals, penguin colonies, Guanoco, mountain lions and more.

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