Somerset, v.cc. 5 & 6

BSBI field meetings and events are planned for 2021, subject to Government guidance specific to England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: this must be followed, including social distancing, other Covid-19 prevention measures and more general safe practices. BSBI Guidance is available here. For further information contact your County Recorder(s).

County Recorders

VC5 South Somerset: Stephen Parker & Simon Leach

VC6 North Somerset: Helena Crouch & Liz McDonnell

Recording in Somerset

Read the County Recorders' 2020 reports for South Somerset and North Somerset.

A number of groups in Somerset hold botanical field meetings and contribute records to the BSBI via the County Recorders:

Somerset Rare Plants Group: the only botanical group covering the whole of Somerset, SRPG was founded in 1996 to survey and monitor the rarer plants of Somerset and produce a Somerset Rare Plant Register.

Despite its name, SRPG records all vascular plant species, contributing thousands of records each year to the BSBI Distribution Database.

Exmoor Natural History Society: ENHS are conducting a survey of vascular plants at 1km resolution and welcome records. All their records are sent to the BSBI County Recorders.

Bristol Naturalists’ Society: the Botany Section of BNS organises monthly talks throughout the winter and a varied programme of walks in the Bristol region.

Somerset Botany Group: this group meets every Tuesday, carrying out botanical surveys from April to September on Somerset Wildlife Trust reserves and land belonging to other organisations. Records are sent to the BSBI County Recorders.

Cam Valley Wildlife Group: Helena Crouch leads weekly botanical walks in the Radstock and Midsomer Norton area from April to September, collecting records for a proposed local flora. Over 54,000 records have now been collected and all are sent to the BSBI.

Bath Natural History Society: promotes the study and recording of wildlife of the Bath area. Field trips are held throughout the year, some of them focused on botany, and there is a varied programme of indoor winter meetings.

Somerset Rare Plant Register

The Somerset RPR is a work in progress. See the SRPG website for the list of taxa included and for all species accounts written so far: https://www.somersetrareplantsgroup.org.uk/new-rare-plant-register/rare-plant-register/