Past Projects

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River and Wetlands Community Days 2016

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust invited members of the public and local fisheries managers (and their rods) to attend a series of five river enhancement workshops in the Cotswold District of Gloucestershire. The main aims of these Rivers and Wetland Community Days were to raise awareness of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) issues and demonstrate techniques to enhance watercourses for people and wildlife, including wild trout fisheries. The activities undertaken during the river enhancement workshops included actions to improve the WFD Ecological Status of the watercourses, demonstrating the management techniques to enhance watercourses for fish populations and macrophytes, and raising awareness of the plight of an increasingly threatened native species, the Water Vole.

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Cotswolds Water Park Reserves Restoration

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust undertook restoration project at our nature reserves in the spectacular wildlife haven, the Cotswold Water Park, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Naturesave Trust and with support from Hanson and a generous major donor.

The project aimed to enhance the biodiversity and engagement features on our nature reserves at Whelford Pools SSSI and Roundhouse Lake SSSI through habitat restoration works whilst making improvements to the car park and wheelchair access to the first bird hide at Whelford Pools Nature Reserve and the local interpretation.

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Greystones Farm Playtrail

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is extremely grateful for the support from Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Together Fund for this project, which ran between April 2016 and March 2017.

The project created a nature-themed play trail around Greystones Farm and Nature Reserve, encouraging families to become more physically active by exploring the site to discover the different play structures. The trail was based around six natural features: a carved owl starting post, a carved log climbing frame, a balancing snake, balancing posts, a den building area and stepping stones in the river. It is supported by the provision of 40 children’s explorer kits, provided through the project which contain bug viewers, dipping nets, magnifying glasses and high-quality ID sheets, and which will be available for loan from the centre. The project successfully delivered a programme of after school, holiday and weekend wild play sessions to introduce local children and their families to the play trail and demonstrated the kind of free, fun activities they can undertake at Greystones during their own time.

Over the course of the year, 1085 children and their families used the trail through organised events. Five families were monitored over the year to determine whether knowledge of and access to the trail had affected their levels of activity. The results of this, albeit with a small sample size, suggest that the trail is encouraging greater levels of activity and connectedness to nature. 40 Explorer Packs were put together to complement the play trail, and these were found to be successful ways of helping families to engage more deeply with the site.

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Lower Woods Rides & More Project

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust worked with Western Power Distribution, Cory Environmental Trust in Britain and the South Gloucestershire Council's Chase Area Forum to deliver the Lower Woods Rides & More Project. We transformed our spectacular Lower Woods Reserve into a multi-use space through the Rides & More Restoration and Recreation Project; enabling us to engage with the surrounding community on a scale never before seen at the site.

Our approach was to develop and implement a holistic and sustainable project which is improving people’s understanding and appreciation of wildlife and green spaces whilst giving them the skills and knowledge to undertake activities to help improve and conserve wild places and wildlife.

The project restored and opened up areas of the Lower Woods Nature Reserves for the benefit of people and wildlife by restoring ancient rides and coppices, replaced dormouse boxes, installed cameras for monitoring dormice and deer, and provided green woodworking and outdoor education facilities and courses for unemployed adults and young people.

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