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Events

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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Sunday 28 October

Come and join us for a short introductory course to mindfulness in Longrun Meadow. 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 30 October

Our own ‘National Treasure’ and well-known local naturalist Les Cloutman will be looking at Somerset’s wildlife and flowers through the seasons, from your own back gardens to the wild places, from hills to levels, lakes, rivers and coast, and why our county is so very special.

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Wednesday 31 October

In partnership with ACEarts and the British Wildlife Open Exhibition in Somerton, Roger Dickey and Chris Chappell will be talking about and illustrating the various species of birds commonly found around Somerton.

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In partnership with ACEarts and the British Wildlife Open Exhibition in Somerton, Roger Dickey and Chris Chappell will be talking about and illustrating the various species of birds commonly found around Somerton.

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Saturday 3 November

This is a member's only event

During the morning’s free AGM CEO Simon Nash, Chair Patricia Stainton and Treasurer John Scotford 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. You will have the opportunity to ask questions to the CEO and Council. The AGM is free to all members of Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Following this, we hope you will stay for the Members' Day event in the afternoon, which consists of a buffet lunch, series of talks by climate change experts, and tea and cake. Both events are a great opportunity to meet other wildlife supporters and the trustees, staff and volunteers of the Trust. You can come to either or both sections of the day but it would be great to see you there!

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Within the last 10 years several new and exciting species like Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, and Black-crowned Night Heron have arrived and bred in Somerset. The distribution of these species is progressively creeping northwards as our climate gradually changes. Climate change is widely considered to be one of the greatest long-term threats to nature globally, so in what other ways will climate change impact Somerset and its wildlife? What gains and losses may result and what can, or should, we be doing now to prepare for this?

We will be joined by a panel of conservation and climate change experts to debate everything from species distribution patterns and pioneer species, to the likely impact of climate change on key habitats like the Somerset Levels and coast. Come along to find out more!

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Sunday 4 November

We will be holding another joint fungus foray with the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group. We shall return to Cross Village Hall to identify our finds.

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Tuesday 6 November

(Almost) everything you wanted to know about fungi. What's the difference between mushrooms and toadstools? Can I eat it? Michael Jordan supplies the answers

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Tuesday 13 November

We’re getting ready for the #BigTauntonLitterPick which aims to collect as much rubbish as we can in one day to clean up the places we spend time in and travel through in the Taunton area. As well as running our own events, we’re bringing together people across Taunton to join in and run their own events in their area to help keep Taunton tidy. 

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At this time of year, many species of British owls are prospecting for new homes. Eve Tigwell is the British Trust for Ornithology's representative for Somerset and will tell us just what is going on at this time of year and how you may be able to help reporting their whereabouts.

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