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The Countryside of Gloucestershire

Discover the countryside of Gloucestershire on your doorstep or on holiday


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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Latest News

  • Edge Common / Haresfield Hill meeting notes

    Back in December, Juliet Bailey led a general interest GNS field meeting on Edge Common and Haresfield Hill. Species lists for that meeting are in the process of being prepared, but here are the first two: Lichen and plant lists will follow shortly.

  • ‘The Gloucestershire Naturalist’ back issues

    Just a quick note to say that more back issues of ‘The Gloucestershire Naturalist’ have been added to the publications section of the website and can be found here. Issues 1 through to 32 are all available to download as PDF documents. If you’re in need of further reading material whilst stuck at home, back ... Read more

  • (UPDATED) – GNS meetings & COVID-19

    UPDATE 22nd March – In light of the worsening situation and in accordance with government advice, we have now cancelled ALL meetings (indoor meetings and field meetings) until at least the end of April, but we must expect further cancellations in the future. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone again once it ... Read more

  • Our response to the Coronavirus

    An update from GWT regarding Covid-19.

  • Field meetings

    Some new field meetings have been added to the events calendar, taking us into the beginning of May. There are many more meetings planned through the spring and summer, so keep an eye out for further news of those.

  • Government gives badgers a reprieve

    GWT respond to the news that the badger cull in England will be phased out in favour of badger and cattle vaccination.

  • Cirencester Fungi

    Juliet Bailey “was out near Cirencester yesterday (in the sunshine) and came across some lovely fungi. I’ve sent photos to John Holden of the Dean Fungus Group who has agreed with the Scarlet Elfcap, probably Sarcoscypa austriaca, but you need to check the spores to be sure. And the other is Turkeytail Trametes versicolor with very nice fresh […]

  • Website accessibility

    Please note that the website now has a new tool for the benefit of anyone who has problems reading any part of the site, whether that be due to font size, colour or contrast level. You can now set these attributes according to your own requirements. Note that most browsers also feature a universal zoom ... Read more

  • Unlocking the Severn

    ‘Unlocking the Severn’ is a project that aims to restore 158 miles of river for shad to reach their natural spawning grounds once again. This will be achieved by installing fish passes along weirs in the River Severn. The Severn Rivers Trust has been in touch to let us know that there are some exciting ... Read more

  • AGM – 6th March

    A reminder than the GNS Annual General Meeting will take place on 6th March, with a talk by Julian Hector, head of the BBC Natural History Unit. More information here. In preparation for the AGM, please note that the following documents are all now available to view: The Science & Publications Committee Annual Report 2020AGM ... Read more

  • Adder identification & survey workshop

    News of an upcoming ‘Back From The Brink’ Adder identification and survey workshop for anyone interested in helping to survey for Adders in the Cotswolds. The training will take place on Saturday 21st March from 9.30am-4pm at the National Trust’s Ebworth Centre. The day will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to help us ... Read more

  • 16th Feb – Withington walk CANCELLED

    Please note that the walk that was due to take place on Sunday 16th February has been cancelled due to safety concerns as a result of Storm Dennis. Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast for that morning.

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