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.
Thursday 1 August
Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury-sub-Mendip after dark with expert Peter Bright.
Saturday 3 August
Mark Ward, Somerset's Brilliant Coast Project Manager, will lead an exploration of the lower reaches of the rocky ledges at Helwell Bay, Watchet, where a low Spring tide will reveal seashore creatures that are not usually seen.
Sunday 4 August
Opening in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust. Badbury Flower Company is a small Flower Farm. Passionate about growing flowers, Helen grows scented, garden flowers in a sustainable way, nurturing from seed to bloom, for parties, weddings and simple everyday joy.
Saturday 10 August
In the International Year of the Fly what better way of celebrating these and other creep-crawlies than by coming along to an Insect Safari at Berrow Dunes.
Sunday 11 August
Training in how to carry out coastal watches for dolphins and porpoises from Vanessa Lloyd of the Sea Watch Foundation.
Thursday 15 August
An exploration of the animals and plants to be found living between the tide lines at Brean Sands. We will be rummaging in rock-pools and seaweed and sieving through the mud and sand to find out the stories of some of the amazing species that have adapted to live in this special ecosystem.
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.
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.
Sunday 1 September
This conference is open to anyone with an interest in Somerset's Brilliant Coast. A day of inspirational talks and discussions.