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 8 October

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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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

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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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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Friday 25 October

Bryan Pinchen, Ecologist and Author will look at the identification of British Grasshoppers, Crickets, Groundhoppers, Cockroaches and Earwigs.

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Tuesday 29 October

Tom Ronan will be talking about the organisation 'Plastic Free Wells' and what steps we can take to reduce our use of plastic.

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Saturday 9 November

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.


The 55th AGM will be held from 11am until 1pm where new CEO Georgia Stokes 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.

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