Cam Valley Wildlife Group – our purpose and area
Cam Valley Wildlife Group was set up in 1994 and was formally constituted in year 2000. The group has always taken a pro-active approach to wildlife conservation and the enjoyment of wildlife. Its three aims are
- to conserve the biodiversity of our area
- to promote awareness and understanding of wildlife and its environment, and
- to encourage the enjoyment of wildlife.
The CVWG area
The group’s area covers approximately 300 square kilometres and is based on the catchments of the Cam and Wellow Brooks. It is centred roughtly on the Midsomer Norton, Radstock, and Westfield area and includes many villages and hamlets in the surrounding countryside. The towns and villages included are listed below. Because of the nature of wildlife recording, however, the recording area of individual projects does not always coincide directly with the political boundaries of the villages or the geographical boundary of the brook catchements, so you could say that our area is a little ‘variable’! The maps page shows our area and recording squares.
We are a fairly informal group and have three teams – the Events Team, the Newsletter Team and the Management Team. We have a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary, and the various projects are each run by a Project Leader. Events include walks, talks, hands-on conservation work, surveys, visits and trips. We hold an Annual General Meeting every November and the newsletter goes out to members once a quarter. The last quarter’s newsletter is displayed on the website along with a selection of articles from back copies. All back copies are available to members through a Members e-group.
The villages in our area
Cameley, Camerton, Carlingcott, Chelwood, Chewton Mendip, Chilcompton, Clandown, Clapton, Clutton, Coleford, Combe Hay, Dunkerton, Emborough, Farmborough, Farrington Gurney, Faulkland, Foxcote, Hallatrow, Hardington, Haydon, Hemmington, High Littleton, Hinton Blewett, Hinton Charterhouse, Holcombe, Kilmersdon, Litton, Midford, Midsomer Norton, Norton St Philip, Paulton, Peasedown St John, Priston, Radford, Radstock, Shoscombe, South Stoke, Ston Easton, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Temple Cloud, Timsbury, Tunley, Welton, Westfield, Wellow and Writhlington.