We work on a lot of exciting projects across Gloucestershire, if you'd like to find out more or get involved please don't hesitate to contact us.
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.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is working 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 have been busy in 2016, transforming 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 has been 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 is restoring and open up areas of the Lower Woods Nature Reserves for the benefit of people and wildlife by restoring ancient rides and coppices, replacing dormouse boxes, installing cameras for monitoring dormice and deer, and providing green woodworking and outdoor education facilities and courses for unemployed adults and young people.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, The Vincent Wildlife Trust, and the Forestry Commission, are collaborating on a pioneering project to explore the feasibility of reintroducing pine martens to the Forest of Dean.
The study will last for two years, and over this time GWT are keen to engage and consult widely with local communities living in and around the Forest of Dean. It is important that the public understand that no decision on the reintroduction has been made, or will be made before the study has ended. Discussion with local communities will be actively encouraged and all factors raised will influence the decision.
Cotswold Water Park Reserves Restoration
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust recently undertook part of a restoration project at our nature reserves in the spectacular wildlife haven, the Cotswold Water Park, in partnership with the Naturesave Trust and with support from Hanson and a generous major donor.
The project has aimed to enhance the biodiversity and engagement features on our nature reserves at Whelford Pools SSSI and Roundhouse Lake SSSI through habitat restoration works.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is currently undertaking improvements to the car park and wheelchair access to the first bird hide at Whelford Pools Nature Reserve and the local interpretation in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Cradle of the Cotswolds - at Greystones Farm
Thanks to £78,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund we are now working with the community to develop plans to transform Greystones Farm into a heritage education and discovery centre. Successfully completing this stage will unlock a further £800,000 of HLF funding to make these plans a reality.
Grundon Waste Management, based in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, donated £150,000 to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Cradle of the Cotswold’s’ project in Bourton-on-the-Water – the first major grant secured for an exciting new education and discovery centre.
The Cradles of the Cotswolds project will offer a huge range of exciting activities for people to learn about the heritage of the Cotswolds and get involved in restoring and maintaining it. It will cater for all ages and abilities and will be accessible for people with mobility issues.
Cotswold River Project - Help save The water vole
Recent surveys undertaken by us have shown a dramatic reduction in water vole populations in Gloucestershire. From the surveys carried out in 1978/89 and then 1997/98, there has been a staggering 83% decline in Gloucestershire alone.
Sadly in some counties water voles have become extinct or seen a staggering 90% drop. If ever there was a time to save this endearing and much loved character from our wonderful Cotswold Rivers it is now.
Lower Woods sustainable fuels
Together with Natural England we have agreed a new management plan for our Lower Woods Nature Reserve, to maintain its condition and provide thriving habitat for the wide arrange of flora and fauna that call the woodland home.
In order to achieve this management we urgently need to build our capacity to fell and extract wood to ensure that clearings are opened, enabling light to reach the woodland floor and encourage under-storey growth.
As part of this mangement we have recently established an economically and environmentally sustainable firewood business at Lower Woods Nature Reserve.
As well as servicing a local need for firewood and developing an outlet for the additional wood removed, this project will ultimately generate a small profit which will be re-invested into the woodland to ensure that we can continue to manage the habitat effectively for wildlife. For full project details see below for project sheet.
Annual Primary Schools' Quiz
Every year we host the Primary Schools Quiz, a very successful and well loved event, which over the years has increased hundreds of children’s love of the natural world.
From 6 initial schools, every year approximately 100 schools now take part, (a staggering 40% of all Primary schools in the County), showing that even under curriculum pressures teachers, parents and children still value eduating our children about wildlife as highly as other school extramural activities. For full project details see below for project sheet.
We currently hold over 150 events throughout Gloucestershire for our 26,000 members and the general public. Our events are available for all to attend and 95% are free of charge.
Our events programme includes events for children - (mad march hare day, canoe safaris, badger watches), learning new skills - (hedgelaying, drystone walling, bushcraft) and wild events (mammal tracking, nature reserve tour, bird ringing) to name a few.
Find out how you can sponsor events by calling the Fundraising Team on 01452 383333.
- Volunteering programme
- Schools and Education programme including educational materials at Robinswood Hill
- Publications and interpretation materials for nature reserves
- Continuation of our Severn Vale Living Landscape programme
- Phase 1 surveying for the whole of Gloucestershire
- Community Officers work in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and Cotswolds
- Wildlife Gardening promotional materials for Gloucestershire
- Badger vaccination programme
- Key Wildlife Sites programme
If you would like any additional information about a proposed project to support or any other aspect of our work call 01452 383333