Establishing a baseline for nature
It's really important that we understand what's happening to wildlife in the county both in terms of the biodiversity and abundance of species. Without an understanding of the health, distribution and location of habitats and species we can't make the best decisions for nature’s recovery. If we don't notice wildlife declines, we run the risk of losing species forever.
But where are we starting from? Our environmental records centre, SERC, holds millions of species records but most are for protected or rare species within higher quality habitats. There is a gap in our knowledge about the numbers and locations of more ‘common’ species such as hedgehogs, bumblebees and blackbirds. With your help, we'll fill those gaps and use our collective data to improve the impact of our Nature Recovery Network.
With SERC, through our Team Wilder programme, we will be running seasonal community science initiatives that support the work of Somerset’s specialist species’ groups and we'll be providing training to help more people develop recording and monitoring skills. It's early days for this part of our strategy but watch this space for more updates.
And in the meantime...