Serc run a central database of wildlife numbers and sightings across Somerset
SERC encourages recording of wildlife and welcomes records of all species. The majority of records come to SERC via specialist groups and societies; and becoming a member is an excellent way to get involved with wildlife recording. However, even if you’re new to recording you can easily make useful records and send them to us direct.
Here’s what to do
Who - Provide your full name and contact details; this helps us distinguish between different recorders and enables us to check details if necessary.
What - Give the scientific name if you can, or the standard common name.
If you don’t know the exact species please be as specific as possible about what you’ve seen, for example ‘pipistrelle bat’, ‘newt’, ‘Rosa sp.’'
Where – Give a grid reference and a location name if you can, otherwise please provide a good description to help us assign an accurate grid reference. If sending in records for your garden please give the full address including post code.
An excellent web-based tool 'Grab a Grid Reference', developed by the Bedfordshire Natural History Society, enables you to easily assign a grid reference yourself based on Ordnance Survey maps and aerial photographs.
When - Ideally give an exact date, however the month and year, or a date range, is sufficient.
SERC is interested in all records - please don't assume that we already know. Records of rarities are always useful and can aid conservation efforts, but equally important are records of widespread species. All records can be useful for plotting the distributions of species both locally and nationally, and for detecting trends.
To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the landscape and natural environment of the Quantock Hills