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The Countryside of Gloucestershire

Discover the countryside of Gloucestershire on your doorstep or on holiday

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Cotswolds Tourist Information
Accomodation, attractions, things to do... Walking, Cycling.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Explore the wildlife and reserves of Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire Geoconservation Trust
Information about the geodiversity of the region.

Walking in Gloucestershire
A large collection of downloadable and printable walks.

Gloucestershire Ramblers
Local branch of the national walking charity.

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley
Information and guides at the official tourism site.

WalkWeb Gloucestershire Walks
A number of walks described and available to print for free.

The Cotswold Way
Official site of this National Trail with guides and planners.

Gloucestershire Orchard Trust
Dedicated to the conservation and celebration of traditional orchards in Gloucestershire.

Cotswolds sunset
Cotswolds by Jonathon Monk, FreeImages

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CoolStays in Gloucestershire

A wide variety of incredible places to stay. How about a lakeside eco-friendly log cabin or glamping at the Wild Place Project conservation park. There's so many places to stay you'll be spoiled for choice!

Forest of Dean Holidays

Log cabin stays in the amazing Forest of Dean with Forest Holidays. Escape in to the ancient oak woodland or enjoy views over open meadows. Plenty of outdoor activities and facilities, get away from everyday life awhile.

Rural Retreats in Gloucestershire

From 1 bed romantic stone cottages in the Cotswolds overlooking the countryside with river walks to converted barns and grade II listed buildings Rural Retreats have something for every nature lover.

Latest News

  • New WeBS site in Gloucestershire

    The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) is a nationwide survey, administered by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), which aims to make monthly counts of water birds at as many wetlands as possible, in order to assess numbers of birds, and to pinpoint the principal sites important for them. (Similar surveys are carried out all over ... Read more

  • Sightings from GNS meeting at Ripple Lakes

    Ripple Lakes are two former sand and gravel pits in the floodplain of the Severn in south Worcestershire, very close to the Gloucestershire boundary, one on each side of the M50, on the left (east) bank. These new lakes, where extraction has only just been completed, hold fairly deep water throughout the year, in particular ... Read more

  • Talk by Julian Hector at the AGM on 6th March

    Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society Presents:  “Big Natural History Television and the Conservation of the Natural World”.  A Talk by Julian Hector, head of the BBC Natural History Unit.  Julian heads up the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, a department of nearly 300 staff making best in the world content for BBC channels, digital […]

  • Hedgehog in winter

    Here’s one hedgehog at least that hasn’t gone into hibernation. A hedgehog has been coming to this feeding station in a garden near Redmarley throughout the winter so far, including the night of 15 January 2020.

  • Winter wildlife of the Cotswolds – 8th December, Edge Common/Haresfield Hill

    On a fine winter’s day, the beech woods and the limestone grassland near Edge are lovely. The light flooding through onto the woodland floor, the twittering flocks of little birds in the canopy, the elegant boles of the trees, then out onto the common where the  landscape is laid out before you from the micro ... Read more

  • The winners of GWT's 2019 Wildlife Photography Competition

    Congratulations to Mark Cox who is the overall winner of GWT's 2019 Wildlife Photography competition, supported by Cotswold Life and Wildlife Wonder.

  • WWT Slimbridge – Estuary Tower Opening Weekend – Lots of events – 16-17 Nov

    WWT Slimbridge are having a huge celebratory weekend with lots of activities on 16th and 17th November.  All the details and event booking information is on their website here. Join us for a celebratory weekend as we launch the NEW Estuary Tower Hide with ecologist and presenter Mike Dilger. This new, fully accessible tower offers ... Read more

  • National BTO award presented to Mike Smart

    Each year the British Trust for Ornithology presents awards for outstanding contributions to ornithology.  They are sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust and therefore known as the Marsh Awards for Ornithology.  There are five categories: one for a professional ornithologist; one for innovation; one for international work; one for local ornithology; and one for a […]

  • Discovering Bats Day at John Moore Museum, 26 October 2019

    Discovering Bats Day – Event for October Half-Term Week 2019 A Live Animal Event Organiser John Moore Museum Date Saturday 26th October 2019 Time Four sessions to choose from: 10.30am to 11.30am 11.45am to 12.45pm 2.30pm to 3.30pm 3.45pm to 4.45pm Venue The Old Baptist Chapel, Old Baptist Chapel Court, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ ... Read more

  • Talk on Carnivores at John Moore Museum, 23 November 2019

    Small & Deadly: The Changing Fortunes of Britain’s Carnivores – a talk by Lizzie Croose of the Vincent Wildlife Trust Organiser John Moore Museum Date Saturday 23rd November 2019 Time 11am to 12pm Venue The Old Baptist Chapel, Old Baptist Chapel Court, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ Details The fortunes of Britain’s carnivores have changed ... Read […]

  • University Award Scheme – Hybridisation of Bluebells

    This paper was presented by Guy Copperthwaite as part of the requirement of an award within the Undergraduate Modular Scheme at the University of Gloucestershire. NS6244 Ecological and Environmental Science Dissertation Topographical and Plant Density Effects on the Rates of Hybridisation of Bluebells (Hyacinthoide) (PDF). Ecology and Environmental Science Assessment 02 May […]

  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust opposes new round of badger culls

    Badger culling has been permitted to go ahead by the government in England for another year.

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