South West England Countryside
Discover the countryside of South West England on holiday or on your doorstep
Biodiversity South West
The South West region has an abundance of fantastic wildlife and habitats. This website supports the work of our partnership and provides information for those who wish to get involved in protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the South West.
S.W. Countryside News
- Beavers Build Back Better – but their future is not secure 15th October 2020Avon Wildlife Trust would love to see beavers playing their part in creating a wilder future for local landscapes. But we need Government to back beavers and we are calling for a beaver strategy, as a part of a greener recovery plan for England.
- The Wildlife Trusts launch £30 million appeal to kickstart nature’s recovery across 30% of land and sea by 2030 28th September 2020Today The Wildlife Trusts launch 30 by 30, a public appeal to raise £30 million to start putting nature into recovery across at least 30% of land and sea by 2030.
- Ecological Emergency Strategy Shows the Way 24th September 2020Organisations from across Bristol have come together to create an ambitious vision for a wildlife-rich, ecologically resilient city that works for people and wildlife.
- Great Somerset Wildlife Count launches to track wildlife and habitat trends and help reverse nature's decline 16th October 2020Take part on October 17th and 18th - you can help make wildlife count!
- Starling season and Covid-19 7th October 2020As you may know, starling season is our busiest time of year for visitors across the Avalon Marshes from October through to March. It is with great sadness that this year we are asking our visitors to try and visit an alternative local roost instead where possible, and to think carefully before travelling to our […]
- Partnership project to support mental health and wellbeing in Somerset through nature 30th September 2020Somerset Nature Connections embeds nature-based wellbeing skills at the heart of Somerset’s communities to provide long-term support for its most vulnerable.
- Seafood guide nets 69 thousand new users over lockdown 12th October 2020The coronavirus lockdown caused unprecedented disruptions to Cornwall’s Fishing industry, but the public rallied to help and many have changed their eating habits to support our fishing industry.
- When’s the right time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago! When’s the best time to collect acorns and other tree seeds? NOW! 1st October 2020Last week, 22nd September marked the autumn equinox - the official changing of the seasons. With leaves starting to fall, and temperatures cooling, now is the time for foraging. Between now and mid-October, it’s prime seed gathering time! With that in mind Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Council have partnered up to launch a county-wide […]
- New Managing Director to help Cornwall build back better 29th September 2020With all this talk of ‘build, build, build’, the climate and nature crisis and a looming recession, it’s reassuring to hear that a long-established, Cornish company providing trusted, professional environmental advice, surveys and landscape design expertise across Cornwall and beyond, is expanding.
- Planning to fail 15th October 2020Our CEO, Harry, reflects on the new planning reforms which could see our precious wildlife facing further threats
- Finding time to bird watch on a family holiday can be a challenge 29th July 2020Freelance writer Dr Amanda Tuke gets a 'pass' from the family holiday to go birdwatching at Horsey Island. In this guest blog she describes why this is such a special place.
- Higher protection for our seas! 30th June 2020Our seas are crucial, beautiful, but vulnerable. To ensure their future we need to secure the highest possible protection for them.
- Local artist helps raise funds for wildlife in Dorset 20th October 2020The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge is celebrating wildlife with an art exhibition by local artist and volunteer, Rosemary Edwards, who kindly raised vital funds for Dorset Wildlife Trust through the 2.6 fundraiser challenge earlier this year. Rosemary tells us why she wanted to help.
- New marine species spotted at Kimmeridge 6th October 2020Dorset Wildlife Trust marine wardens have reported sightings of two species that are indicators of climate change at Kimmeridge in the last few weeks: the anemone shrimp and furrowed crab.
- Free Will service returns for Dorset Wildlife Trust members 2nd September 2020This October, Dorset Wildlife Trust is once again offering its free Will writing service to its 25,000 members. The free Will service is for members wishing to make a simple Will or update an existing one. There is absolutely no obligation to leave a gift to Dorset Wildlife Trust for this service, but we would […]
- Planning reform – the good, the bad and the ugly 19th October 2020This job has given me renewed respect for certain professions. The noble role of the Planner is one of them. Planners get a bad press. But when development is in the right place, designed with quality in mind – and where the environment is seen as a benefit rather than something to manage – the […]
- Laurie Lee Wildlife Way 5th October 2020Many people head for the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales to walk within awe-inspiring landscapes, but equally breath-taking views are ours to enjoy much closer to home. The Laurie Lee Wildlife Way lies close to Stroud but is a world away from the hustle and bustle of town life. This five-mile circular walking […]
- The Accidental Conservationist 29th September 2020Amanda Lawrence lives, works and gets distracted by wildlife in the Slad Valley, near Stroud. She is a full-time glass artist and part-time wildlife surveyor and scrub basher, helping to run Stroud Wildlife Survey Group and volunteering for GWT with the Snows Farm group. She also serves as Housekeeper and Staff to two cats and […]