discover the wildlife in somerset this summer

Summer is a wonderful season. The sun is shining, and the landscapes come to life with a wealth of wildlife. In the UK, we are lucky enough to have a diverse range of habitats that are suitable for a number of creatures. So, why not make the most of the sunny weather, if you are a nature-loving family, and head to somewhere like Somerset? Our guide to the area and events over the summer will help you plan a wild UK adventure!  


Views over Somerset countryside.


Discover Reptiles and Amphibians at Ham Wall, Meare

Do your children have a fascination for scaly and slimy friends? Well, look no further than the Reptile and Amphibian morning planned at Ham Wall, at Meare, Somerset. The kids can discover what type of native reptiles and amphibians the UK is home to, as well as learn about their habitats.

The event will be held on the 24th August from 10 am to 12 pm at the Ham Wall. It is run by the RSPB Summer Holiday Club whose aim is to connect children with the exciting wildlife that live in the local area. For adult RSPB members the fee is £4, whilst for the public, it will be £6. Children who hold an RSPB membership can attend the event for £2, whilst children who are not members of the RSPB can visit for £3. Booking is essential and can be obtained via phone (01458 860494) or email ([email protected]). 


Bugs, Bugs, Bugs at Ham Wall, Meare

Ham Wall is also hosting a ‘mini beast safari’ for children who have a keen interest in creepy crawlies. Children will wander through the surrounding countryside, peering into the undergrowth to encounter the hidden world that lies there. Children can expect to see beautiful butterflies, scurrying beetles, wriggly worms and slithering snails.

The event has already had some successful runs, one on the 1st August and some planned in for today (9th August). The next upcoming event will be on the 29th August, with available slots being from 11 am to 12:30 pm or from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. The price for RSPB members is £2 per child or £4 per adult with a membership. Alternatively, the event is open for non-member participants at a rate of £3 per child and £6 per adult. There will also be car parking fees.

Booking is not essential. However, if you have any questions regarding the event, it is best to get in touch with the team at Ham Wall directly.


Visit One of Nine of the Wildlife Parks in Somerset

The Somerset Wildlife Trust has nine stunning wildlife gardens across the entire county. Spend a fantastic and fun family day out at either Breacondale, Sherborne Garden, The Miller’s House, Vellacott, Badbury Flowers, Broomclose, Hillcrest, Ball Copse or Model Farm during your glamping holiday to Somerset. Relax and take a wander through the carefully kept gardens, whilst the kids burn off some energy running around and investigating what wildlife is hiding in the shrubbery or up the trees. When you become peckish finish your day with a spot of tea and cake.


Visit the Nature Reserves

Get up close to nature, on your terms, by visiting one of the many nature reserves located in the county. Visit the Somerset Wildlife Trust website to discover the complete A-Z list of the nature reserves you can visit, or alternatively download their Nature Reserves Guide.

Recommended reserves include Bishopswood Meadows, Ringdown and Quants that offer visitors some fascinating walks. On the Mendip Hills, there are numerous grassland reserves such as Cockles Fields or Edford Meadows that form part of the Magnificent Meadows programme. They are particularly beautiful during the summer season, and you can expect to see a fantastic array of butterflies such as the Dark Green Fritillary, the Grizzled Skipper and the Chalkhill Blue. Contact the Somerset Wildlife Trust for more information.

During your glamping Somerset trip, you will be able to have a close encounter with a wealth of fascinating wildlife. If you and your family love the great outdoors, why not look into the glamping abodes we have on offer throughout the summer and during the October half term in the area?

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