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.
Saturday 1 June - Monday 30 September
Open for private viewings in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust, by prior arrangement between March and September.
Hillcrest is a 5-acre garden with so many special places within it that everyone can find a perfect spot to sit and contemplate. It has incredible far reaching views overlooking the Somerset Levels. There is a very large wild flower meadow leading down to an enormous wildlife pond full of dragonflies. There are bee hives to visit too with a bee expert on hand to answer any questions you may have about these essential visitors to our gardens.
Opening for private groups by prior arrangement in aid of Somerset Wildlife Trust between April and September.
Broomclose, a stunning Arts and Craft house, has a garden divided into idyllic pockets, from the Camelia Walk to the vegetable garden.
As there is a milder eco-climate here you will find unusual sub tropical trees and plants. It has been described as “bee heaven” by local beekeepers due to the huge array of bee friendly plants.
Tuesday 27 August
A walk around the Bishops Palace Moat in Wells with local bat expert Dave Cottle and members of the Somerset Bat Group.
Wednesday 28 August
Bring your smartphone or camera and come and join award-winning wildlife researcher and photographer Victoria Hillman for an interactive Wildlife Photography Session on Berrow Sand Dunes. The sand dune systems are rare, both on a national and local scale and contain a wide variety of coastal habitats which support a diverse range of flora and fauna. Victoria will give you hints and tips for taking the best photos of this precious wildlife habitat both with your phone and camera.
Saturday 31 August
An exploration of the diverse communities that can be found on the lower areas of the amazing boulder shore at Gore Point, near Porlock Weir led by Mark Ward, Somerset's Brilliant Coast Project Manager and Nigel Phillips, Somerset Wildlife Trust's Coastal Ambassador.
Sunday 1 September
A day of inspirational talks and discussions for anyone with an interest in Somerset's Brilliant Coast.
This event is now FULLY BOOKED. Please check back for similar events in the future. Sorry for any disappointments.
An exploration of some the amazing marine life to be found between the tides on Kilve Beach. Discover the ecology and behaviour of some of the rocky shore species that are adapted to survive the many challenges of this harsh environment and learn how to tell your whelks from your winkles and your bladder wrack from your sea lettuce.
This event is now FULLY BOOKED. Please check back for similar events in the future. Sorry for any disappointment.
We will head west along the beach from Kilve Pill, where there are plenty of fossils to see to help 'build up' a picture of the environment and marine life of the west Somerset coast 200 million years ago.
Tuesday 3 September
Stephen Parker of Natural England will talk about Rewilding the landscape to reduce the impact of intensive farming, and promote nature conservation.
Friday 6 September
A night-time walk looking for bats that live around the farm, as well as making a bat cape and warming up by the fire.