Wells & District Wildlife Group


Serving Wells and surrounding areas

About Us

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Wells & District Wildlife Group (WDWG) is an independent local wildlife group actively involved in promoting awareness of wildlife in our environment, its conservation and enjoyment.

WDWG has come into being from the closure of the Somerset Wildlife Trust's local area group in Wells. Therefore, the group's area is centred on the city of Wells but also encompasses surrounding areas of the Mendip Hills and Somerset levels.

WDWG is not (yet) a registered charity but operates on a 'not for profit' basis, with any surplus funds being donated to such local or national wildlife charities as may be appropriate at the time.

Each year we hold a series of informational talks about the wildlife both within our area and further afield and conduct a number of nature walks and other activities in the area to experience our natural environment first hand.

We send out messages about our upcoming events and those of other organisations that we associate with. We use email for this and also to notify members of changes or additions to our programme. Please consider joining us. We welcome any news of wildlife sightings, comments and queries.

This new website is still under development  - please be patient with us.


Activities

Outings & Activities

During the summer months we arrange a programme of nature walks around our area. Some of these are aimed at spotting specific species, such as adders, or butterflies but often they are just to see what's about and enjoy our environment.

Pre-Covid we also arranged an annual coach outing for our members, usually to reserves or sites of interest a little further away. We are hoping to be able to re-instate them when there is sufficient interest again.

Throughout the winter months we put on wildlife related talks at the Wells Museum. Suggestions for topics and speakers are always welcome.


What's On

We have a full programme of quality events for 2024. These are the ones that we have organised so far. Check back here regularly for updates. Click the links for more details. 

Autumn/winter talks: In view of the distance that some of our speakers have to travel and the fact that many of our members aren't keen to venture out on dark winter nights, we are moving our January & February talks to afternoon slots at 2.30pm.

Summer walks: The dates for our summer walks are only provisional. Much will depend on the weather. Please be aware that these dates may have to be adjusted nearer the time.

Many of our walks take place on Mendip nature reserves. Please be aware that the terrain is likely to be uneven and may be steep in places. You should ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for these conditions. If in doubt as to whether an activity is suitable for you - please contact the organizers.

Advance booking is required for all our walks. Please click the button below to read full terms and conditions.

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  • Payment for walks is required by bank transfer at the time of booking. Such bookings will be regarded as provisional until payment is confirmed.
  • Walks will take place as scheduled unless weather conditions are so bad that it would be hazardous to proceed, or the chance of seeing the target species becomes negligible. The decision of the walk leader is final. If appropriate, attempts may be made to re-schedule a walk, with refunds provided for those unable to make the revised date.
  • No refunds can be given unless a walk is cancelled by WDWG.
  • Our walk leaders are experienced in locating the target species and will employ their best endeavours to do so, but sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.
  • No dogs are allowed on any walks.

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Glow worm walk

Thu, Jul 18th, 2024

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Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury sub Mendip after dark (9:15pm - 10:30pm) with expert Peter Bright.

Exact location given on booking. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

£5 per person (under 16's free) payable on booking - Click Here

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Butterflies at the Mineries

Tue, Jul 23rd, 2024

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An afternoon visit to the Mineries (2pm - 4pm) looking for butterflies. This is an excellent spot for wildlife and particularly butterflies. On a sunny afternoon there are many species to be seen here and chances are good that we will see Fritillaries, Marbled Whites, Ringlets, Small Coppers and more. Meet at Stockhill woods car park (ST 54904 51305). The what3words location is into.registers.gained.

The terrain is quite uneven in places with long grass so you should wear stout shoes and trousers. Don't forget to bring a camera.

Butterflies like warm sunny weather, so in the event of rain we will attempt to re-schedule this event.

Numbers are limited on this walk so booking is essential, and payment £5 per person is required in advance (Under 16's are free). For more details or to reserve a place email bookings@wdwg.org.uk.

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Glow worm walk

Thu, Aug 1st, 2024

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Stroll through the back lanes of Westbury sub Mendip after dark (9:00pm - 10:30pm) with expert Peter Bright.

Exact location given on booking. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

£5 per person (under 16's free) payable on booking - Click Here

Sorry! This event is fully booked.

Photo © Peter Bright

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Bats Galore

Tue, Aug 20th, 2024

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An evening walk (8pm - 9.30pm) around the Bishops Palace Moat in Wells with members of the Somerset Bat Group.

Learn how to use a bat detector and get facts about the different species.

Numbers are limited so booking is essential. £5 per adult (payable on booking) under 16’s free. For more details or to reserve a place email bookings@wdwg.org.uk.

Photo copyright Giles San Martin

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The Great Somerset Eel Recovery Project

Tue, Sep 24th, 2024

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A talk by Geoff Carss

Eels have been a part of the social and economic history of the Somerset Levels since time immemorial. This critically endangered species is still present on the levels but at much lower numbers than historically. The talk will explore the incredible lifecycle of the European Eel, it's historic importance and the plans to enable it to recover.

WELLS MUSEUM (enter via side entrance) off Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE

Full Disabled Access. 7.30pm start. No need to book. Admission £5 payable on the door (under 16's free)

Tea / Coffee and biscuits served in the interval

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Secret World: Back to the Wild

Tue, Oct 29th, 2024

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A talk by Charlotte Wroe

Secret World give their orphaned casualties a soft release back to the wild, this includes a temporary enclosure, support feeding and lots of monitoring, allowing them to adjust to life on their own. This talk includes this process, through getting each species ready for release back in the wild, some stories and cute videos of animals that have have recently helped.

WELLS MUSEUM (enter via side entrance) off Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE

Full Disabled Access 7.30pm start. No need to book. Admission £5 payable on the door (under 16's free)

Tea / Coffee and biscuits served in the interval

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