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The Private and Community Nature Reserves Network

PCNR surveying - Patricia StaintonSomerset’s Private & Community Nature Reserve (PCNR) Network was set up to support owners, land managers and community groups who are keen to conserve wildlife on their land.

There are now around 200 members of the PCNR network . Together these nature reserves, owned privately and by the community, cover approximately 2000 acres of wildlife habitat. Our membership includes landowners, smallholders, and community groups such as local woodland trusts or community orchards. The land includes ponds, streams, lakes, meadows, hedgerows, orchards and woods (many of which are designated as Local Wildlife Sites), within every kind of terrain in the county. In size they range from rolling acres to the corner of a field. What we have in common is that our priority is wildlife conservation.

All across Somerset we are restoring and managing our meadows, woods, orchards and ponds to provide safe havens for wild animals, birds, insects and aquatic creatures. If you join the PCNR Network, you will be able to ask for information and advice and you will have opportunities to meet with other members to share experiences and to enjoy organised events. You will be offered a subsidised botanical survey and the data collected will be held by the Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC).

Our aim is to give information and advice, and to encourage PCNR members to meet together to share experiences and enjoy organised events. Members have a local point of contact who can help members with advice or information and who will organise local visits.

The PCNR Network was set up in 1996 and is part of Somerset Wildlife Trust

If you are interested in becoming a member of the PCNR then you can find out how to join here