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Useful Information

This page contains a list of links to other websites with useful content and resources.

Biological & Geological Records


Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records (GCER)


Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records is a unique resource for information about Gloucestershire’s natural environment.


Gloucestershire Geology Trust


A charity set up in 1992 with the aim of surveying and recording Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS). The Trust also carry out conservation work on important geological sites and hold the Geological Records Centre for Gloucestershire.


Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society


Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society is the natural history recording organisation for Gloucestershire recording all of the wildlife in the county.


The goal of iRecord is to make it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels. All records authenticated here become accessible to GCER.


National Biodiversity Network (NBN)


The NBN is a collaborative project and a partnership which involves many of the UK’s wildlife conservation organisations, the government and country agencies, environmental agencies, local records centres and also many voluntary groups.

Local Organisations


Campaign to Protect Rural England (Gloucestershire)


Protecting the local countryside.


Cotswold Canals Trust


Restoring the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & severn Canal.


Cotswold Water Park


The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles, with more than 150 lakes, set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire.


GFirst LEP


Growing sustainable economic growth in Gloucestershire.


Gloucestershire Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)


Gloucestershire FWAG seeks to support, enthuse and inspire farmers, landowners and communities to value the natural assets in their care and use them to enable environmentally sustainable and productive farm businesses for the benefit of all.


Gloucestershire Orchard Trust


Aims to conserve, promote and celebrate traditional orchards in Gloucestershire. They offer information on creating or restoring traditional orchards, local fruit varieties, nurseries and events.


Gloucestershire Public Health


Responsible for improving and protecting the health an well-being of people and communities in Gloucestershire.


Gloucestershire Rural Community Council


Advice and support for Gloucestershire's communities.


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust


Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is an environmental charity working to protect Gloucestershire's wildlife and wild places.


Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board


Local Drainage Authority.


Royal Agricultural University


Agricultural education since 1845.


Stroud Valleys Project


Helps local people improve their natural environment for the benefit of all.

Local Government


Cheltenham Borough Council


Local Authority for the Borough of Cheltenham in the County of Gloucestershire.


Cotswold District Council


Local Authority for the District of Cotswold in the County of Gloucestershire.


Forest of Dean District Council


Local Authority for the Forest of Dean District in the County of Gloucestershire.


Gloucester City Council


Local Authority for the City of Gloucester in the County of Gloucestershire.


Gloucestershire County Council


Local Authority for the County of Gloucestershire.


Stroud District Council


Local Authority for the District of Stroud in the County of Gloucestershire.


Tewkesbury Borough Council


Local Authority for the Borough of Tewkesbury in the County of Gloucestershire.

Regional Organisations


Association of Severn Estuary Relevant Authorities (ASERA)


A group of Relevant Authorities who have come to together to produce a joint Management Scheme to advise them in controlling activities they are responsible for that could affect the Severn Estuary European Marine Site.


Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (CAONB)


The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas of England, known and loved by people across the world. It is the biggest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales and a large part of it lies in Gloucestershire.


Cotswolds Catchment Based Approach


A diverse catchment partnership for the Cotswolds is hosted by various hosts across three sub-catcments. Part of a national (CABA) approach for the upper Thames.


Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (MHAONB)


The Malvern Hills AONB is famed for its dramatic hills and for the pure spring water that flows from them. A small part of this AONB falls within Gloucestershire.


Severn Estuary Partnership (SEP)


SEP is an independent, estuary-wide non-statutory initiative led by local authorities and statutory agencies. It works with all those involved in the management of the estuary, from planners to port authorities, fishermen to farmers and many more.


Severn Rivers Trust


An independent environmental charity established to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and waterbodies in the Severn catchment.


Severn Vale Catchment Based Approach


A catchment area approach for the Severn Vale being hosted by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the Severn Rivers Trust. Part of the national (CABA) approach.


South West Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)


FWAG South West seeks to support, enthuse & inspire fellow farmers to value the environmental assets on their land & use them to secure a sustainable & profitable businesses for the future.


Warwickshire Avon Catchment Based Approach


A catchment based partnership for the Warwickshire Avon which includes an area of Gloucestershire. Part of the National (CABA) approach.


Wye Catchment Based Approach


A catchment based partnership for the Wye which includes an area of Gloucestershire. Part of the national (CABA) approach.


Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (WVAONB)


The Wye Valley AONB is an internationally important protected landscape containing some of the most beautiful lowland scenery in Britain. It is found on the western boundary of Gloucestershire.

National NGOs


Amphibian & Reptile Conservation


Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is a national wildlife charity committed to conserving amphibians and reptiles and saving the disappearing habitats on which they depend.




Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates.

Canal & River Trust

The trust safeguards the waterways, including canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks across England and Wales.


English Heritage


Cares for over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of an empire to a Cold War bunker.


Freshwater Habitats Trust


This is the national charity dedicated to conserving and valuing freshwater habitats and species. They do practical conservation projects, give advice, carry out research and run surveys, working in partnership with others.





This is the first place to look for information on the UK's native hedges, hedgerow conservation and hedge management.


National Farmers' Union


Providing a voice to thousands of farmers across the country.


National Trust


National Trust are a UK conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and opening them up for ever, for everyone.




Plantlife is a charity working to protect wild plants on the ground and to build understanding of the vital role they play in everyone’s lives.


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


RSPB saves threatened birds and wildlife across the UK and overseas.


The Mammal Society


The Mammal Society is an organisation dedicated to the study and conservation of all mammals of the British Isles.


Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV)


The Conservation Volunteers help many people each year to reclaim local green places. Through environmental projects and a network of community groups, TCV see people – every day, and all across the UK – taking responsibility for their own local environment.


Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)


WWT is a wetlands conservation organisation with a network of visitor centres in the UK, one of which is Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.


Woodland Trust


The Woodland Trust is a UK woodland conservation charity.

National Government & Agencies




Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.


Environment Agency


Government agency responsible for regulation of industry and waste, treatment of contaminated land, water quality & resources, fisheries, navigations, conservation & ecology.


Forestry Commission


Government Department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment.


Historic England


Championing historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.


Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)


JNCC is the statutory adviser to Government on UK and international nature conservation. Its work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity, conserving geological features and sustaining natural systems.


National Health Service


The Health Service in England and what you can get from it.


Natural Capital Committee (NCC)


The NCC advises the government on natural capital, such as forests, rivers, minerals and oceans.


Natural England


Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment providing practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.



Business and Biodiversity Campaign


A consortium led by the Global Nature Fund demonstrates how businesses can include biodiversity concerns in their business model.


Convention on Biological Diversity


The website of the Parties who have signed up to the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which came into force in 1993.


European Nature & Biodiversity


The European Union (EU) is committed to the protection of biodiversity, and to halting biodiversity loss within the EU by 2020.



Other Useful Websites


Gloucestershire Amphibian & Reptile Group


Gloucestershire Amphibian & Reptile Group (GlosARG) comprises of volunteers and has been created for anyone who is concerned with the conservation of native frogs, toads, newts, lizards and snakes.


Natural Capital Initiative (NCI)


The NCIs mission is to support decision making that results in the sustainable management of our natural capital based on sound science.

Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre


Founded as a registered charity in 2016, the rescue centre near Cricklade takes in over 3,000 wildlife casualties and offers help and advice to thousands of people annually.


Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals


The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a nation wide animal welfare charity.


Vale Wildlife Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre


Animal hospital and rehabilitation centre based in Beckford near Tewkesbury.

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