What is SERC?

For over 20 years Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) has been the main centre holding data on wildlife sightings, types of environments and geological information for Somerset. Set up in 1986 as a joint venture between Somerset Wildlife Trust (SWT) and Somerset County Council, the Record Centre is a partnership organisation based within the trust.

SERC is a member of the Association of Local Environmental Records Centres and has close links to the National Biodiversity Network, and the National Federation of Biological Recorders.

SERC is hosted by Somerset Wildlife Trust and together with our partner organisations, guide the development of the record centre through our Executive Group. The SERC governing document, the Prospectus, can be accessed here.

Although we make charges for some of our services SERC is a not for profit organisation. Enquirers seeking data for non-commercial activities, such as wildlife recording, conservation work and academic research, can usually access our data for free. Any income we generate is channelled back into nature conservation and supporting recording within Somerset.


Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC) is hosted by Somerset Wildlife Trust.
A company limited by guarantee and registered in England No 818162.
Registered charity No. 238372 | VAT Reg. No. GB 691 6995 71