Where nature flourishes

Across the Cotswolds there are many different and special places being cared for with nature in mind. With careful management, these places remain a special place to see wildlife often not found elsewhere.

Lakes are great for reflections

Our Feathered Friends

A secluded valley is just the type of place to attract many species of birds. It's also a resting place for others on long distance migrations.

Conservation grazing encourages wildflowers to grow

Girls in May

Places like May Hill are islands of peace and quiet not just for people but for wildlife. Our volunteers have watched how careful management keeps this place very special.

Cattle on Minchinhampton Common

For the common good

Surrounding Stroud and nearby villages is a remarkable landscape where thousands of years of farming practice have allowed wildlife to flourish.

Lakes are great for reflections

Restoring a Natural Landscape

Restoring commercial forestry to native woodland and wild flower grass meadows is a long, slow job. But our current work in Woodchester Park is already attracting new wildlife.

Wide hedges and field margins managed for wildlife create corridors between wildlife sites.

Keeping wildlife connected

Modern life builds barriers which can prevent wildlife moving into new areas, so we're busy reconnecting once isolated pockets of wildlife with their neighbours.

Belties enjoying the countryside

Where's Wally?

Belted Galloways are key to recent conservation success stories in the Cotswolds. Distinctive markings make them easy to spot, yet we still end up playing ‘Where’s Wally’ with them.

A family of swans on the Broadwater, Sherborne Park Estate

Protecting our wonderful water birds

Swans and egrets create a splash of white among the ducks on the two rivers which flow through Sherborne Park Estate. The water fowl find a home on recently restored water meadows.

Corn bunting in a field at Sherborne

Finding Farmland Birds

Species which are in decline elsewhere, can still be seen in large numbers at Sherborne Park, thanks to the partnership between local farmers and our rangers.