Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) is the centre of reference information relating to biodiversity and geology in the county of Somerset. The records we hold on species, habitats and sites are provided by recorders, professional ecologists and members of the public. We make this information available to a wide-range of individuals and organisations for use in nature conservation, planning development and research.
Whether volunteers are interested in helping with a short-term project or can make a long-term commitment we can put their skills to good use and help them to develop new ones. We deal with wildlife information for the whole of Somerset. With their help we can make sure this information is accessible to a wide range of individuals and organisations to help conserve and protect Somerset’s wildlife.
Applicants can volunteer minimum one day a week or commit to full time, any help is really appreciated.
The following are examples of the kind of tasks volunteers can get involved with. We will provide training where necessary. Other options are available depending on specific projects throughout the year (e.g. assisting in the organisation of a bat survey).
Volunteers can help with:
- Data entry – entering paper and electronic records into spreadsheets
- Digital mapping – digitising site boundaries in GIS (MapInfo)
- Data archiving – scanning our site files to create a digital archive
- Image cataloguing – cataloguing our image collection
- Website/facebook – compiling articles
- Surveying – assisting with a variety of surveys across the county
- Projects – assisting with biological recording projects with promotion, administration, IT, workshops and community events, data analysis and reporting
- Answering queries from members of the public
For more information and for an informal chat please contact
Paula Hewitson, Manager of SERC