The group is organised by a committee including the botanical Vice-County Recorders. The group’s geographical remit is ‘old Somerset’, comprising the two vice-counties of South Somerset (VC5) and North Somerset (VC6). More details can be found on our Recording page. You can find out about how to take part in our activities here.
The SRPG was set up in 1997 with the aim of forming a concentration of botanical expertise, to continue the long tradition of botanical recording in the county, and especially to promote vascular plant conservation. Priority is given to species of international and national concern occurring in Somerset, including those listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and the 2005 Vascular Plant Red List. Sites and habitats are visited and the populations of the rare and scarce species are assessed for their strength, health and vulnerability. The mapping of plant distributions is a key function of the group.
Two members of the group were co-authors (with Geraldine Crouch) of the Atlas Flora of Somerset which was published in 1997. Several of our members are also producing local or parish floras. All the photographs on the site were taken in Somerset by members of the group. Please let us know of any omissions or other mistakes.