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Discover Nature Secrets

As one of the UK’s most rural counties, Somerset can rightly claim to be an outstanding place for enjoying nature whether it be wildflowers (49), shy mammals, visiting wading birds (47), soaring cliffs or fast-flowing waters. To discover all our nature secrets check the list below and to read more about them click here.

Water has a fascination for most of us and one way to watch it is by tracking a stick as it floats under a bridge (39).

Working with nature has been a challenge since the earliest of times (50) and over the years people have come up with new solutions. A fisherman’s wife put a candle in a window to warn her husband of the dangers of the Somerset shores (43). A scientist who spent his life in the depths of the Somerset countryside and was a pioneer of electricity is remembered (40) while the partners who helped create the Exmoor Dark Skies Reserve (41) choose to reduce the amount of artificial light they use.

Whether or not we choose to harness it, we can all admire nature and where better to do so than in Somerset where you can imitate a Red Deer Stag (42), seek out bitterns by their booming (46), unearth fossils (45), admire exceptional trees (48) or follow a naturally inspired narrative (44).

    1. Historic packhorse bridges, great for Pooh sticks: Malmsmead and others
    2. Home of the ‘Frankenstein’ scientist, Fyne Court
    3. Wimbleball Lake in Europe's first International dark sky reserve
    4. World Bolving Championships near Dulverton
    5. Burnham-on-Sea lighthouse, one of the world’s most iconic
    6. Digital interactive Family Story Walks, Horner Woods and others
    7. Somerset's own Jurassic Coast, Kilve to Blue Anchor
    8. Secret​ive​ booming bitterns at Ham Wall
    9. One of the largest​'s​ new wetlands in UK at Steart
    10. Tallest trees in England at Nutcombe Bottom, Dunster
    11. Lakeside nature and wildflower trail at Otterhead Lakes , near Taunton
    12. Wildlife and history: one of the largest hill forts,​ Ham Hill

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