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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Sunday 10 February

Don Hurrell will lead a walk around the RSPB Reserve at Ham Wall 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.

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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.

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Wednesday 13 February

This event is now fully booked. Sorry for any disappointment. Please keep looking at our events page for similar events in the future.

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!

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Friday 22 February

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Spend the afternoon with Tilda Gibbs from The Somerset Wildlife Trust on Minehead beach helping to make the beach a safer haven for wildlife and more beautiful place for visitors by taking part in a family beach clean.

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!

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Saturday 23 February

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 26 February

Jim Hardcastle is the Manager of the Mendip Hills AONB. He will be looking at the current research that shows the state of the AONB what the future holds for this outstandingly beautiful and nationally protected landscape.

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Tuesday 5 March

Colin Varndell, an award winning photographer, will talk about the ecology of the Hedgehog; its diet, and dangers that Hedgehogs face in our modern world. His presentation also covers what we can do to help hedgehogs survive in our gardens.

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Thursday 7 March

Join us in the community garden to plant out onions, leeks, radish, lettuce, rocket and other salad leaf plugs. We will also have a go at building brassica cages, weeding the beds and harvesting any nettles around the site to make fertiliser. We will also start growing herbs in pots. This is a practical volunteering session, please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. We generally break for lunch around 12.30 so please bring a packed lunch.

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