Survey opportunities

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with wildlife surveys throughout Somerset.

Joining one or more of the specialist interest groups is a great way to get actively involved in recording in the county.  Between them members have a wealth of knowledge about the natural history of the county and they survey for and submit the majority of species records held by SERC.

If you are not sure if you have the skills or knowledge to help, or would like more of an introduction then why not come along to our monthly introductory session run by Tony, SERC’s Data Management Officer.

Monthly session: Introduction to SERC and recording (free session 1 1/2 hours)

SERC will be holding a session to run through the basics of recording, so come and meet the SERC Team and have a short walk to the river learning more about recording various species, including where to look and how to work out a grid reference. You can learn about the online database for recording your sightings.

We are planning holding these slots monthly throughout the year. Alternatively, we are happy to talk you through this over the phone or for you to pop into the office at a convenient time.

Current surveys you can sign up to get involved with;

River Tone survey

If you have any time to get out wildlife spotting or if you’re just out for a walk along the river, please let us know what you see. We are particularly interested in hearing about plants (including invasive species such as Himalayan balsam, water fern New Zealand pigmy weed), birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies although any records and photographs would be appreciated. ID guides and help are available.

Daubenton Bats Go to Town survey 

Sign up for one or two nights of the Taunton bat survey on 9th June and 14th July 2017

Meeting at SERC office at 7.45pm for a short briefing before walking to your position along the river where you (in a small group) will be based for 1 ½ hour. You will use a bat detector to count the number of fly passes and make recordings at set time intervals. Training will be given and at least one person in your group will have had some previous experience. The survey is likely to finish around 11pm.


Booking is essential for all of the above- please email