Living Landscapes is the Wildlife Trust’s approach to conservation of wildlife on a landscape scale

The Living Landscapes approach is based on Gloucestershire's Nature Map below with the aim of linking fragmented habitats together across the county

What is a Living Landscape?

We are working to transform the environment we live in: restoring, recreating and reconnecting wildlife-rich spaces in rural and urban areas by working in partnership with local communities, landowners, schools and businesses.

We want wildlife to thrive, to disperse and re-colonise our landscape so future generations can encounter, experience and enjoy our natural heritage, and so that we can too.

Our nature reserves provide great protection for wildlife, however species find themselves enclosed in these 'islands', surrounded by land, such as intensive farmland, which they are unable to occupy or expand into. Nature reserves on their own, are not large enough to support stable and healthy populations over long periods of time.

To address this, we have adopted the Living Landscape approach to conservation.

A living landscape is not just a big nature reserve, but a mosaic of reserves, farmland, amenity land and built-up areas managed in such a way that wildlife and people can share it and which continues to function ecologically.


We are currently implementing three Living Landscape programmes:

1. Severn Vale Living Landscape

2. Cotswold Rivers Living Landscape

3. Forest of Dean Living Landscape 

We are also involved in several other landscape scale initiatives in the county



A Living Landscape: Download Our Vision

Download a copy of 'A Living Landscape: play your part for nature's recovery', to discover what our vision for A Living Landscape is.

Living Landscape Schemes

Search The Wildlife Trust's directory of more than 100 Living Landscape schemes around the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney.