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 Coordinating Team. We have a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary, and the various projects are each run by a Project Leader. The group has a constitution and a range of policies, available to members and contacts for whom we hold personal details. Our Data Protection Policy is also available on this website on the Data Protection policy page.
CVWG Group events and activities
Events and activities include walks, talks, hands-on conservation work, surveys, visits and trips, plus giving advice on wildlife matters, engaging with land use planning consultations and other planning matters and working with other groups. We hold an Annual General Meeting every November. The newsletter and events programmes go out to members once a quarter. The most recent back copy of the newsletter is displayed on our Newsletters page and more back copies are available from there. The benefits of membership and how to join are set out on our Membership page.
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.