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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 1 October

Dr Rob Williams will talk about the Manu National Park in the Western Amazon, which is part of one of the earth's largest remaining wildernesses, with over 1000 species of birds, and 300 mammals.

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Tuesday 8 October

You are now increasingly likely to see deer in more urban settings. What has caused this shy, rural-dwelling wild animal to extend its domain? Join Jochen Langbein's insightful talk, complete with video, to find out.

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Michael Jordan will talk about the different types of fungi to be found at this time of year and address those important questions: 'Can I eat it? What's the difference between mushrooms and toadstools? and What good are they?' Why not then come along and find them for real on the following Saturday.

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Saturday 12 October - Saturday 9 November

Donna Lawley Hopton, winner of the British Wildlife Open 2018, explores diminishing biodiversity and contemporary environmental issues in paintings that focus on exquisite detail of an animal in its habitat. This exhibition is presented in association with ACEarts.

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Tuesday 15 October

Stephen Mewes is Policy and Campaigning Manager for Somerset Wildlife Trust. He will outline the latest thinking on climate change and how its effects are being dealt with locally in Somerset.

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Saturday 19 October

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. Please check back for similar events in the future. Apologies for any disappointment.

Join us at Torr quarry in Downhead to learn this traditional craft with professional hedge layer Chris Claxton, and help us to restore an important wildlife habitat.


Join our local naturalist Les Cloutman on a fungi and mushroom foray in Stockhill Forest and learn about some of the 13,000 different species that occur in the UK.

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Saturday 19 October - Sunday 20 October

Michael Jordan will lead a walk in a wood on the Blackdowns to help you find and identify fungi. It's always a good walk in lovely woodlands. Suitable for all ages, including families.

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Saturday 19 October

Surfers Against Sewage, Plastic Free Minehead & West Somerset and Somerset Wildlife Trust are leading a Beach Clean at Minehead as part of the SAS Big Autumn Beach Clean. 

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Thursday 24 October

Come and join us on an enchanting journey back in time on an historic steam locomotive, travelling along the stunning coastline and beautiful Somerset countryside.

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