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East Mendip Wildlife Watch Group

 
East Mendip Wildlife Watch Group group logo

East Mendip Watch Group activities are held from 10am-12noon on the second saturday of each month, unless otherwise stated. The group is based at the Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael BA3 5JU and monthly events and meetings are held at the Centre, or at one of the many local wildlife reserves in the area. Up to date details of each event are posted here so please check in case of changes to the programme. The programme for the year from Sept 2015 can be viewed by scrolling down in the Group News and Diary. Subs, unless otherwise stated, are, per session: £1 per child for Somerset Wildlife Trust members; £2 per child for non SWT members; max £5 per family (people living at the same address). Accompanying adults free. To view our photos copy and paste this link into your browser: https://goo.gl/V50o1H For more information email: Gill gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk or tel: 01749 840156

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Group news and diary

Remarkable Reptiles

Members of the East Mendip Wildlife WATCH club had a real treat for their January meeting when Longleat zookeepers brought along some exotic animals.

The promise of meeting, stroking and holding a number of unusual animals pulled in 23 local children and their parents. Lucy and James from Longleat introduced us to an amazing range of animals. The atmosphere of anticipation was palpable as each animal was extracted from its carrier to a chorus of “oohs” and “wows”! First out was a Pancake Tortoise, so called due to his flat shape. He was followed by a colourful chameleon and a Royal Python, both with beautiful markings. The children loved getting to hold the snake and see his tongue flick in and out. Although the morning was about reptiles we also got to meet a Three Banded Armadillo. Many people think they are reptiles because of the hard plates but they are, in fact, mammals and do have some fur. He was completely enchanting despite giving off a peculiar smell!
The Emperor Scorpion also looks like it could be a reptile but the children learnt it had 8 legs and so is an arachnid like the Chilean Rose Tarantula that was brought around for a close-up look.
The finale was a Red Tegu, a large type of lizard which swaggered across the floor to the delight of the children who could come and give him a stroke.
We all left with our heads full of facts about reptiles and eager to go out and spot one of England’s elusive reptiles when it warms up later in the year.

East Mendip Wildlife Watch Group 2015-2016

WATCH leaders got together to plan our annual programme, we hope you will agree it looks like it will be a fun-filled year ahead! Thank you to all of you who wrote suggestions on the white board at our last WATCH session in July, we have managed to squeeze in most of them.
Please see the programme below with activities and dates for your diaries. Due to planning so far in advance it is possible that changes may be made to the programme so please look out for the monthly email telling you details of each meeting.
You will see that we have pencilled in a Camp Out in May which would hopefully include den building, stargazing, bat detecting and listening to the dawn chorus. It is proposed that this will be at the Somerset Earth Science Centre so there would be access to toilets and the kitchen but no showers. Please could you let us know if this would be of interest and if we have enough people we will try and make it happen.
We have decided to make some changes to the way we charge for WATCH sessions. Please see details about subs as from Sept 2015, in the information section above, at the top of the web page. We hope you will still feel this is good value for money. The funds will all be ploughed back into our WATCH club and will help to fund some exciting sessions and also for general resources (which volunteers have usually, kindly, paid for up until now).

2015/16 provisional WATCH programme

September 12th - Wild Walk Around Oakhill with Steve and Adel
General look at all sorts of plants/animals/lichen.

October 10th - Bees, with Rachel and John McEntee, and Sue
Find out about keeping honeybees and make tasty honey treats and bees wax candles.

November 14th - Campfires and treasure hunts with Juliet, Veryan & Adel
Have fun and cook in the woods

December 12th - Fossil Hunt, with Gill
Get a close look at the many exciting fossils we have at the centre and make some of your own.

January 23rd (Please note, NOT usual 2nd Sat) - Reptiles.
Longleat zookeeper bringing a range of reptiles for you to see and handle.

February 13th - Birds of Prey with Chris Sperring MBE
Guided Walk on a Mendip Reserve (location TBC), & Meet a Barn Owl

March 12th - Dinosaurs with Steve
Fun dinosaur games/activities at SESC.

April 9th - Natural Dyes and Wild Art with Gill and Sue
Possibly dye some easter eggs

May 14th - Camp out
Den building
Stargazing and bats in the evening and dawn chorus in the morning

June 11th - Badgers
Repeat of 2015 badger evening

July 9th - Bird watching
Poss. Westhay or Avalon Marshes. Possibly with orienteering game

All activities subject to change.

East Mendip Wildlife Watch Group 2015-2016

WATCH leaders got together to plan our annual programme, we hope you will agree it looks like it will be a fun-filled year ahead! Thank you to all of you who wrote suggestions on the white board at our last WATCH session in July, we have managed to squeeze in most of them.
Please see the programme below with activities and dates for your diaries. Due to planning so far in advance it is possible that changes may be made to the programme so please look out for the monthly email telling you details of each meeting.
You will see that we have pencilled in a Camp Out in May which would hopefully include den building, stargazing, bat detecting and listening to the dawn chorus. It is proposed that this will be at the Somerset Earth Science Centre so there would be access to toilets and the kitchen but no showers. Please could you let us know if this would be of interest and if we have enough people we will try and make it happen.
We have decided to make some changes to the way we charge for WATCH sessions. Please see details about subs as from Sept 2015, in the information section above, at the top of the web page. We hope you will still feel this is good value for money. The funds will all be ploughed back into our WATCH club and will help to fund some exciting sessions and also for general resources (which volunteers have usually, kindly, paid for up until now).

2015/16 provisional WATCH programme

September 12th - Wild Walk Around Oakhill with Steve and Adel
General look at all sorts of plants/animals/lichen.

October 10th - Bees, with Rachel and John McEntee, and Sue
Find out about keeping honeybees and make tasty honey treats and bees wax candles.

November 14th - Campfires and treasure hunts with Juliet, Veryan & Adel
Have fun and cook in the woods

December 12th - Fossil Hunt, with Gill
Get a close look at the many exciting fossils we have at the centre and make some of your own.

January 23rd (Please note, NOT usual 2nd Sat) - Reptiles.
Longleat zookeeper bringing a range of reptiles for you to see and handle.

February 13th - Birds of Prey with Chris Sperring MBE
Guided Walk on a Mendip Reserve (location TBC), & Meet a Barn Owl

March 12th - Dinosaurs with Steve
Fun dinosaur games/activities at SESC.

April 9th - Natural Dyes and Wild Art with Gill and Sue
Possibly dye some easter eggs

May 14th - Camp out
Den building
Stargazing and bats in the evening and dawn chorus in the morning

June 11th - Badgers
Repeat of 2015 badger evening

July 9th - Bird watching
Poss. Westhay or Avalon Marshes. Possibly with orienteering game

All activities subject to change.

New East Mendip Watch Group Meetings Update = April and May

Sorry its been a while since we've put news up here. Here is some exciting news about our next two meetings,
and soon we will post some photos from the last few meetings!


10am Sat 11th April A Nature Detectives Workshop Walk

Meet at the parking area near Great Elm Pond (ST748492). If anyone needs directions please contact us. We will be doing a short walk, about 2km, with stops for activities. Like real detectives, these will include using our observational skills, looking for clues and coming up with theories about what has happened.Come dressed for the weather and some muddy paths. Bring a drink and a bite to eat.

May Watch Group Meeting

May's meeting will be at different time to usual as we are going to try an EVENING WILDLIFE AND BADGER WATCH! This will be on the evening of Friday 8th May (not 10am Saturday 9th as previously listed). This activity will be more suitable for the older children as it will be quite late, and will need us to sit still and wait for a while, and stay as quiet as possible.... More details nearer the time.

New East Mendip Watch Group Meetings Update = April and May

Sorry its been a while since we've put news up here. Here is some exciting news about our next two meetings,
and soon we will post some photos from the last few meetings!


10am Sat 11th April A Nature Detectives Workshop Walk

Meet at the parking area near Great Elm Pond (ST748492). If anyone needs directions please contact us. We will be doing a short walk, about 2km, with stops for activities. Like real detectives, these will include using our observational skills, looking for clues and coming up with theories about what has happened.Come dressed for the weather and some muddy paths. Bring a drink and a bite to eat.

May Watch Group Meeting

May's meeting will be at different time to usual as we are going to try an EVENING WILDLIFE AND BADGER WATCH! This will be on the evening of Friday 8th May (not 10am Saturday 9th as previously listed). This activity will be more suitable for the older children as it will be quite late, and will need us to sit still and wait for a while, and stay as quiet as possible.... More details nearer the time.

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