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.
Wednesday 5 December
Woodlands are vital for helping to sustain wildlife across the landscape, and can provide a wealth of environmental, economic and social benefits. This session is for landowners keen to create new woodland or manage existing woods for wildlife.
Ged Keele has lived in Brent Knoll for nearly 20 years and has undertaken wildlife survey work around the area. He will talk about the amazing wildlife he has seen during this survey work.
Thursday 6 December
Come along and help us get the garden ready for winter. We will be planting peas and beans under fleece, digging out bramble from the meadow area. Clearing the area around apple trees and re-mulching. We will also weed and mulch all the flower beds. 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.
Saturday 8 December
Learn the rural skill of hedge laying with the Blackdown Hills Hedge Association's Free hedge laying course
Tuesday 11 December
James Packer outlines the dramatic story of the instinctive urge of billions of birds to migrate twice a year, travelling thousands of kilometres to breed in Eurasia and then return to winter in Africa: a journey that pushes them to their limit.
Saturday 15 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.
Sunday 6 January
Our New Year walk follows in the footsteps of famous poets who have gained inspiration from Somerset's sublime landscapes. A walk with magnificent views across the Bristol Channel.
Tuesday 8 January
Sam Scriven of Jurassic Coast Trust looks at the elemental forces of rock and weather that shape our view of the world, nourish our communities and offer vital lessons about Earth's systems.
The world’s smallest birds, the only birds that fly backwards, and a bird found only in the Americas. This illustrated talk by Rob Williams will examine hummingbird evolution, diversity, and ecology, exploring their relationship with the many plants with which they have coevolved.
Thursday 10 January
Come and join us in the new year at the community garden. We will be planting out garlic, pruning shrubs and perennials, shaping the new hedge as well as maintaining the old hedge. 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.