There’s so much wonderful wildlife to discover in the Forest of Dean, from beautiful bluebell glades, woodland rides full of heather and amazing autumn colours...

"We want people to discover the wildlife of the Forest, as well as the picnic spots, walks and fantastic attractions!" Rosie Kelsall, Forest of Dean Community Wildlife Officer.

Our Mission

The three members of staff, Kevin Caster, Rosie Kelsall and Margaret Westmore will be working with local partners, such as the Forestry Commission to deliver key social and economic objectives which include;

- An interactive events programme to encourage the general public to discover Forest of Dean wildlife.

- A series of training events to encourage local people (81,600 population estimate) to discover and record local wildlife.

- The creation of parish wildlife maps for 14 parishes, so that local residents can understand, value and help in the conservation of local wildlife.

- A leaflet to inform visitors to the Forest of Dean of where they can go to enjoy wildlife.

On site interpretation at our nature reserves, that includes the beautiful but secret Woorgreens Lake, situated a stones throw from Speech House in the heart of the Forest.

We have employed two members of staff, in addition to an existing Forest of Dean nature reserves manager to deliver this new project. There will be opportunities for local people to get involved both in practical survey and monitoring work and in helping to shape the project over the next two years.

Our work is supported by: