It’s easy to be Wild about Frome as we’re lucky enough to have lots of different green spaces from parks and play areas to riverside meadows.
To help encourage biodiversity we tailor our management and maintenance techniques in each of these spaces. This means we create a variety of different and complementary habitats to support our wildlife and plant life. You’ll be able to tell which spots we’re keeping as a haven for bees and butterflies with our Wild about Frome signs. If there are any other areas you’d like us to leave wild let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
In order to protect biodiversity and support our local wildlife even more, we need to get a better understanding of what’s out there. We recently secured funding from Mendip’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Fund and are currently working with Somerset Environmental Record Centre (SERC) to create Frome’s own interactive digital wildlife map to establish a local level baseline for biodiversity in our parks, green spaces and private gardens.
While you’re out enjoying our green spaces, we’d like your help in recording what wildlife and plantlife you see in Frome. Anyone can take part and contribute, either with the fun and easy-to-use free phone app or with a good old pen and paper.
How to take part using the app
- Create a free account on the iNaturalist platform and join the Frome project https://uk.inaturalist.org/projects/frome-town
- Download the Seek app by iNaturalist to your smartphone and link it to your iNaturalist account
- Get recording!
Alternatively, you can make a record with pen and paper and upload it on iNaturalist at home, and if you don’t have access online, we will be more than happy to take your observations. You can contact our Resilience Officer Jo Morris with your observations by email or call 01373 480391.
To kickstart your wildlife recording, why not take part in the Great Somerset Wildlife Count (GSWC) spawn count! GSWC is Somerset Wildlife Trust’s new community science initiative which will see a number of wildlife counts throughout the year starting with the spawn count which runs from this month, until 31st March. They’d like people to record where they see frog and toad spawn, whether it’s in your garden pond or a local community pond. You can record your findings on the iNaturalist Frome Town Project page and the information will be fed directly into the GSWC count.
At the end of January is there is also the annual RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch on 28th-30th January.
We are also working closely with the newly formed Wild Bunch group, which encourages wildlife friendly gardening in town to help reduce habitat fragmentation.
If you need a helping hand in identifying wildlife and plant life or would just like to find out more about our wonderful flora and fauna, the following websites are full of useful information.