The vital work of volunteers who survey and record Somerset’s wildlife was celebrated at an event hosted by Somerset Environmental Records Centre, at Draycott Memorial Hall on February 26.
Wildlife recorders carry out important survey work across Somerset collecting information about the county’s rich wildlife and varied geology. Many are members of Local Recording Groups dedicated to protecting and preserving our wildlife including birds, bats, butterflies, otters, rare plants, reptiles and amphibians.
Records are collated by Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC), part of Somerset Wildlife Trust, and used for nature conservation, development planning, and research.
SERC Manager Jo Nightingale said: “Volunteer recorders have a wealth of knowledge about the natural history of the county and make an enormous contribution to the records we hold.
“The event gave us the opportunity to thank the people who devote so much of their time to recording and to let them know how valued their contributions are.
“It was also an opportunity for recorders to meet and discuss the challenges of recording and collating information.”
SERC and Somerset Wildlife Trust highly value the expertise of the recording groups and work with them to encourage recording across the county.
Find out more about Local Recording Groups at www.somerc.com/recording/specialist+groups/