RoAM exists to record the wildlife of the Somerset Wetlands and the wider area particularly focussing on the less obvious or rare flora and fauna. We also record relevant environmental factors such as weather conditions and water quality.
We are an independent voluntary group which works closely with the conservation organisations based at the Avalon Marshes Centre (Natural England, Somerset Wildlife Trust, The Hawk and Owl Trust, and RSPB). We also work with other landowners with an interest in conservation in the area. Our records provide essential management information to these organisations and help to ensure that the species we study will continue to thrive in this special landscape.
Our records also contribute to the wider understanding of the state of nature in Somerset, by sharing information with the Somerset Environmental Record Centre, and more widely through national recording schemes.
We have a programme of surveys each year meeting the needs of the conservation organisations. We typically meet on a Thursday, usually at the Avalon Marshes Centre. Individual members, or small groups, are also supported to carry out their own surveys at other times.
We will also be advertising events, mainly on Saturdays, to promote understanding of the wildlife of the Somerset Wetlands to members and, potentially, the wider public.
New members of any age or experience are always welcome. You do not need any special skills, just enthusiasm and a desire to find out more about the wildlife of this area. We will have experts on hand to explain what we are doing and how to identify species. You will also find that we are sociable group with a wide range of knowledge and skills which will allow you to develop your interests in whatever way you would like. We have found that learning outdoors in a supportive group can make a huge difference to personal well-being and development.
Contacts If you would like to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the committee: Mary Claridge, Bill Urwin, Fred Giles, or Steve Parker.