Delivery of Natural Environment Projects

A landscape scale approach (such as within Gloucestershire's Nature Improvement Areas - see box on right) involves a wide range of partners and local communities working together to identify what needs to happen in an area and finding solutions together to help achieve multiple benefits for people and nature.

When we talk about delivery of natural environment related projects within recognised landscapes or the Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) which comprise the Gloucestershire Nature Map or green infrastructure  we mean this to:

cover any activity which brings benefits to our 'natural capital' (of ecosystems, ecological networks, biodiversity, land, air and water) leading to improved health and well-being for people plus bringing sustainability to businesses;


enhances our understanding of the natural environment which contributes to the objectives for an area as set out and agreed by local partnerships.

This includes (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Practical work on the ground for habitats or species such as scrub clearance or ditch management to maintain, create or restore a habitat; 
  • Baseline surveys, surveillance & monitoring work; 
  • Information giving - either directly or through signage, walks and/or events;
  • Educational/awareness raising work; 
  • Projects improving water quality & management; 
  • Gains through planning applications; 
  • Gains through agri-environment schemes;
  • Reduction of adverse impacts on our natural environment.

A past project example was the great crested newt project 2007-2010.

The lists below, arranged by priority landscape areas associated with the Gloucestershire Nature Map and in places local Nature Improvement Areas (or NIAs) are not meant to capture all the natural environment work happening in the county. What they do provide an overview of where there are local partners currently known to the LNP that are directing resources to facilitate landscape-scale conservation, management and sustainable use of the natural environment.

Forest of Dean &

Lower Wye Valley

Partnerships, local initiatives and projects

Relevant land management plans

Vale of Leadon and Dean Ridges

Partnerships, local initiatives and projects

Relevant land management plans

Severn Vale

Partnerships, local initiatives and projects

Relevant land management plans

Cotswold Escarpment and Valleys

Partnerships, local initiatives and projects

Relevant land management plans

Cotswolds - High Wolds Plateau

Partnerships, local initiatives and projects

Relevant land management plans

Cotswold Water Park

Partnerships, local initiatives and projects

Relevant land management plans

View from gate near
Cliffords Mense
Severn Estuary

The Severn Estuary lies within the lower part of Gloucestershire's Severn Vale and stretches down into the Bristol Channel between the English and Welsh coastlines. It is one of the biggest estuaries in the UK and is managed and enjoyed by a wide range of organisations and individuals. For further information visit the Severn Estuary Gateway . On the ASERA (Association of Severn Estuary Relevant Authorities) website you can find good practice guidelines for activities carried out on the estuary.


Nature Improvement Areas

The Gloucestershire LNP has to date recognised 4 local Nature Improvement Areas or NIAs. These are the Severn Vale, Cotswold Water Park, the Cotswolds Scarp and the Cotswolds Valleys. NIAs are priority areas based on Nature Map SNAs offering good opportunities for ecological network restoration and improved habitat management.

Download our document and map below: NIAs_doc_16.pdf        NIAs_v2.0_2016.jpg

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) is a community-led approach that engages people and groups to help improve precious water environments such as the Severn and Thames.
Conservation Evidence

Conservation Evidence is a free, authoritative information resource designed to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global biodiversity.

Go to the website here

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