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

Grazing for wildlife

Cattle are helping us to keep the Commons special. The cows act as natural lawnmowers keeping the land in perfect condition for the birds and butterflies, flowers and insects that live here.

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 pair of Wigeon in flight

Wintering waterbirds

Winter is the time to spot something unusual with wigeon and teal visiting for the winter. Swans and egrets create a splash of white among the ducks on the two rivers which flow through Sherborne.

Farmland birds, Yellowhammers are now rare

Helping farm birds survive

There are lot of farm birds at Sherborne, birds such as corn bunting, linnets and yellowhammer are doing well when numbers are falling dramatically elsewhere. It is largely thanks to efforts by our farm tenants that they can find food in winter.