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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Tuesday 12 November

Learn from the Site Manager, Alys Laver,about this fantastic example of landscape scale habitat creation. Hear about the history behind the scheme, the ongoing management and the wildlife that has benefitted as the Reserve develops and matures. Then come and see the project on the ground on 30th November.

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Gavin Pretor Pinney is the chairman and founder member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. He contends that we are blessed in this country with a uniquely rich and varied cloudscape, which has hitherto been sadly undervalued.

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Sunday 17 November

Join us at Torr quarry in Downhead to learn this traditional craft with professional hedgelayer Chris Claxton, and help us to restore an important wildlife habitat. With support from the owners of the site, Aggregate Industries.



Training in how to carry out The Wildlife Trust’s Shoresearch citizen science project. Find out more here. It will enable you to assist with ecological surveys of Somerset shores with the aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust staff and other local experts. A series of surveys are planned along the Somerset Coast in the 12 month period after this training. The session will start in the National Trust Café at Brean Down (upstairs) with an introduction at the Shoresearch protocol and some basic identification skills practice. This will be followed by putting the survey methods into practice on the seashore at Brean Down.

Practical Talk

Tuesday 19 November

The Mediterranean is a very important stopover for bird migrants coming from Africa to Europe. James Packer will talk about migration patterns and his experiences seeking out migrants on passage.

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Tuesday 26 November

Helena Crouch is plant recorder for the north part of Somerset on behalf of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and will be taking us on a virtual walk around Brean Down to see what specimens can be found there.

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Friday 29 November

Roger Dickey has been conducting seabird surveys on Ascension Island for 26 years and will talk about the place, the wildlife and his survey work.

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Saturday 30 November

Come and have a look around this fantastic and exciting project. See how it’s developed over time and see some of the wildlife which is benefitting as a result.

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Tuesday 3 December

What makes a good birder? Mike Langman shares his experiences of birding, telling us how to improve our birding and natural history skills.

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Wednesday 4 December

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. There are others running through Autumn/Winter so please do check back. Sorry for any disappointment. 

A wander around Westhay Moor with Kevin Anderson, Avalon Marshes Visitor Experience Officer, to see what wildlife can be found.