Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Gwtlogo.gif
Motto Gloucestershire rich in wildlife, valued by everyone
Formation 1961
Type Membership organisation governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association, a Registered Charity and a company limited by guarantee
Headquarters Conservation Centre, Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Road, Gloucester GL4 6SX
Membership
26,500+[1][2]
Official language
English (UK)
Chief Executive
Roger Mortlock, formerly Dr. Gordon McGlone OBE[3]
Key people

President: Ellie Harrison

Chairman: Francis Rundall, formerly The Hon. Hugh Tollemache[4]
Staff
over 40 and over 500 active volunteers[1]
Website www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk
Robinswood Hill Country Park is located in Gloucestershire
Robinswood Hill Country Park
Robinswood Hill Country Park
Robinswood Hill Country Park, Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Headquarters location)

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is the Gloucestershire local partner in a conservation network of 47 Wildlife Trusts. The Wildlife Trusts are local charities with the specific aim of protecting the United Kingdom's natural heritage. The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is managed by a Board of Trustees elected from its membership who provide overall direction for the development of the Trust and there are Advisory Committees. The work of the trust is carried out through staff and volunteers.

History

The Trust was founded in 1961 and was then named the Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation.[5] Founder members included Sir Peter Scott and a group of other local people with the shared interest of nature conservation. The name was changed to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust in 1991. In 1990 Lady Scott became the Trust's patron succeeding her late husband, Sir Peter Scott. Originally the Trust headquarters was at Church House, Standish, which was opened in 1971. By that year 33 nature reserves were under trust management. In 1989 HRH Prince of Wales was present at the launch of the appeal for funding for the proposed new nature centre, which was held in Shire Hall, Gloucester. In 1992 a new headquarters and Conservation Centre was opened at Robinswood Hill Country Park by Sir David Attenborough. In 1993 Sir Henry Elwes became the President following the late Lord Dulverton. In 1995 HRH Prince of Wales visited the Midger SSSI reserve, being one of the woodland reserves in the county. In 1997 HRH Prince of Wales opened the Lower Woods SSSI Nature Reserve. In 1999 Chris Packham launched an event on Cleeve Common[6] hosted by the Trust, which involved geological work at Rolling Bank Quarry SSSI.[7] In 2004 a Special 10 year award from 'Investors in People' was achieved. In 2008 the Badgeworth SSSI nature reserve, the first reserve managed by the Trust, celebrated its 75th anniversary. In 2012 this reserve celebrated its 50th anniversary of being managed by the Trust.

In December 2014, Ellie Harrison the host of Countryfile became President of the Trust taking over from Sir Henry Elwes.[8]

Activities

The Trust's work includes recording and studying places and objects of natural interest and establishing nature reserves. It undertakes research in the natural sciences, and provides educational material for the public in sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. It operates a schools’ programme for over 2,000 children each year. It campaigns for wildlife and protection of threatened habitats and species. It holds events at its headquarters or on its reserves. It is involved in recycling, waste management and promoting sustainable practices. It advises landowners and local authorities.

The Trust publishes a regular printed magazine to keep people informed, and maintains a subscription list for a regular electronic newsletter. The printed magazine was 'Highly Commended' in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Awards for the Best UK Environmental Charity Publications in 1997.[9]

Nature reserves

Gloucestershire is varied in scenery due to the geology. It is also a mainly agricultural county and can be divided into four distinct regions being: the Cotswolds; The Severn Vale; Over Severn and the Forest of Dean.[10] The areas include woodlands, grasslands, heathlands, scrub, standing water, marshes, bogs, floodlands, estuaries.

The Trust has over 60 reserves throughout Gloucestershire, covering some 866 hectares or more.[11] The Trust issued a reserves handbook in 1979, which has been updated at intervals[12] with a supporting publication for 2009/2010[13] and for 2011 for the 50th Anniversary of the Trust.[14] These reserves are either purchased or managed under agreement. The value of these reserves in respect of special and rare species is defined through national standards, and particularly through Natural England, which sets thresholds for 'favourable condition' status. Management Plans must be written for all nature reserves. The Trust's reserves are listed below[15] and include Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs):

Elliot SSSI (Swift's Hill) nature reserve
Greystones Farm nature reserve (including Salmonsbury Meadows SSSI)
Bird Hide at Coombe Hill nature reserve

Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental records

Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records (GCER) is the county’s Local Record Centre and holds data about the county’s wildlife. GCER has approximately 1,000,000 species records in its database, many of these are supplied by the county recorders from the Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society.[30] The data are made publicly available. The Centre is managed by the Trust. In March 2011 the Trust and the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records published its 'State of the Natural Environment Report' on behalf of the Gloucestershire Environmental Partnership (authors: Dr C Studholme, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust; Linda Moore, Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records).[31] In 2012 the Trust published its report on the 'State of the Environment in Gloucestershire' about brownfield land.[32]

Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership

Gloucestershire has a Biodiversity Action Plan ("BAP") controlled by the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership, which sets out conservation priorities in Gloucestershire.[33] The Gloucestershire BAP is the local county interpretation of the United Kingdom Biodiversity Action Plan (1992-2012). The Trust is a member of this Partnership together with a wide range of organizations.[34]

The Nature Map for Gloucestershire was launched in March 2008 by the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership. The Gloucestershire Nature Map is part of a larger map covering the whole of the south west region. It locates the major habitats in the county, identifies the 'hotspots' where they still exist, and thus where they can best be created, enhanced, or restored to establish larger and more viable areas to sustain wildlife for the future. These target areas are called Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) and the aim is to restore up to 60% of each SNA to good quality wildlife habitat.

Key Wildlife Sites network

A Wildlife Sites network currently includes over some 800 sites in the county,[35] which are considered the best places for wildlife to develop. These sites are in addition to Trust nature reserves. This list is maintained by the Trust.

Living Landscapes

A Living Landscape is a recovery plan for nature.[36] This work has been in the national The Wildlife Trusts programme since 2006.

The Gloucestershire Trust part of the programme has been the initiation of the Living Landscape project in the Severn Vale (2007),[37] the Cotswolds Rivers project (2009) and a project centred on the Forest of Dean (2011).[38]

Former Nature Reserves managed under agreement

Campaigns

Water voles - A nationally threatened species[40] once common on rivers and streams. In Gloucestershire water voles have disappeared from the river systems and a few fragmented populations survive. The Trust provides information to identify a water vole and the land management necessary to support habitat.[41] The water vole is on the list for action in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. The Trust carried out a survey in 1978/79 on rivers and streams in the county. A further survey was started in March 1997 in conjunction with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The Trust published the results of the 1997/98 survey in 2001.[42] This is reported in the Biodiversity Action Plan for Gloucestershire.[43]

Publications

  • Guy, C, Haigh, D, Harris, Lucy, Harris, Lyn, Parker, J, Ralphs, I, Tandy, C, (1977 edition edited Holland, S) et al., 1966, 1967, 1977, 2007 editions, 'Badgeworth Nature Reserve Handbook' Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 1977, 'The Brassey Nature Reserve - Descriptive Handbook', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • Kelham, A, Sanderson, J, Doe, J, Edgeley-Smith, M, et al., 1979, 1990, 2002 editions, 'Nature Reserves of the Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation/Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust'
  • Bathe, G M, Bell, T, Nicholls, S P, Nicholls, M, Raffe, R W, et al. (editors McGlone, Dr. G, Sparrow, Brig. C E H, Worsnip, H), April 1981, ‘Wildlife in Gloucestershire – A Habitat Survey’, Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • 1981, revised 1985, 'Mythe Railway Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • Penistan, M J, Cuthbert, C R, (directors and project supervisors), McGlone, G, Penistan, M J, Sparrow, G E H, Worsnip, J V, (editorial panel), 1984, ‘The Rivers and Streams of Gloucestershire: a survey report’, Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • Goudge, C, Hawkins, W, Regini, K A, 1987, Bullard, P (editor), ‘A Revised Inventory of Gloucestershire's Ancient Woodlands: The Cotswold Plateau’, Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • (undated), mid-late 1980s, 'Midger Reserve Kilcot', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • (undated), 'Snow's Farm Reserve Handbook', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • 1986, 'Chedworth Nature Reserve: Booklet 1, Introduction', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • Atty, D, Haigh, D J R, Holland, Sonia, Long, D C, Porter, Steve (edited Miller, John, illustrated Ball, Arthur), October 1987, 'Plants and Animals of the Dowdeswell Reservoir Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • Ball, Arthur, Barber, Bruce, undated, 'The Birds of Dowdeswell Reservoir Nature Reserve', The Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • Bullard, P, McGlone, G, Regini, K A, 1988, (editors) ‘A Revised Inventory of Gloucestershire's Ancient Woodlands: the Stroud and Dursley Valleys’, Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • 1988, 'Nature for Children, Making the Most of School Nature Areas', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • Doe, J, Parrott, S, (edited McGlone, Dr. G, Regini, K), October 1989, ‘Gloucestershire Commons – Their History, Wildlife and Future’, Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • 1991, 'Plants and Animals of the Edward Richardson and Phyllis Amey Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  • 'Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records (Established in 1991 as Gloucestershire Environmental Data Unit)', (undated), Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, English Nature now Natural England, Forest of Dean District Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Naturalists' Society, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Stroud District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council (joint publication of The Partnership)
  • Bell, D V, 1992, ‘Cotswold Water Park – Nature Conservation Review’, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 1995, "A Wildlife Guide - Siccaridge Wood and Sapperton Valley Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Martin M (editor), 1996, 2004 (revised second edition), 'Lower Woods Nature Reserve - A Guide', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 2001(published),'Gloucestershire Water Vole Survey (1997/98)', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Martin M, Rowlatt, S (editors), 2001(published), 'The Natural History of Lower Woods in 2000 AD', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, (includes list of contributors)
  • 'The Severn Vale Living Landscape', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Field, J, Dixon G (illustrations), Doe J et al. (photography), 2009, 'Managing land for water voles', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Chedworth Nature Reserve - Scenic railway to woodland refuge and geology trail', (undated) Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Collin Park Wood Nature Reserve – Dick Whittington’s ancient lime and oak wood', (undated) Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Coombe Hill Nature Reserve - Restoration of a major Severn wetland (Information and Circular Walk)', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Nature Reserves in the Cotswold Water Park', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Elliott Nature Reserve at Swifts Hill – One of the County’s finest wildflower grasslands', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Frith Wood – Morley Penistan Nature Reserve – A magnificent ancient beechwood', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Greystones Farm Nature Reserve – A 6000-year heritage of farming and wildlife', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Hobbs Quarry Nature Reserve – Beautiful woodland walk among Silurian coral reefs', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Lancaut and Ban-y-Gor Nature Reserves – Information and the Lancaut Walk', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Lower Woods Nature Reserve – Information and Waymarked Walks', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Midger Nature Reserve – Wonderful ancient woodland in a hidden valley', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Old London Road Nature Reserve near Wotton-under-Edge', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Exploring the grounds of The Park – The history and wildlife of this beautiful University of Gloucestershire site', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and University of Gloucestershire joint publication
  • 'Siccaridge Wood and Sapperton Valley Nature Reserve – Ancient Dormouse woodland and luxuriant valley wetland', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Snows Farm Nature Reserve – A secret valley paradise for wildlife and people', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Whelford Pools Nature Reserve – Superb lake refuge for wetland birds, plants and dragonflies', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Woorgreens Nature Reserve', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and Forestry Commission joint publication
  • 'The Daffodil Trails', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'The Golden Valley Walk', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Cotswold Rivers for People and Wildlife', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Key Wildlife Sites in the Forest of Dean', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Scowles in the Forest of Dean – their formation, history and wildlife', (undated), Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service, Gloucestershire Geoconservation Trust, English Heritage and English Nature (now Natural England) joint publication
  • ‘Nature Reserve Guide – discover the wild Gloucestershire on your doorstep’ - 50th Anniversary, January 2011, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Moore, L, Studholme, C, ‘State of the Natural Environment Report’, March 2011, prepared for the Gloucestershire Environment Partnership by Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Where to see Wildlife in the Forest of Dean', January 2012, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Heart of the Forest Wildlife Walk', March 2012, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • 'Tidenham Wildlife Walk', March 2012, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Studholme, C, 'The State of the Natural Environment in Gloucestershire 2012', July 2012, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Annual Review 2011/12 Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  2. ^ This equates to approximately 4.5% of the county administered by Gloucestershire County Council, which publishes key facts from the Office for National Statistics. Gloucestershire County Council web site population facts This equates to approximately 3.1% of the combined administration authorities of Gloucestershire County Council and South Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire County Council website 2009 mid year estimates. The ceremonial county of Gloucestershire includes South Gloucestershire. South Gloucestershire Council Population Statistics ONS 2010 Mid-year population estimates
  3. ^ "Gordon leaves on a high", Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, 31 January 2013
  4. ^ Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust web site information on Trustees
  5. ^ Annual Reports of the Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Wildlife News (Trust magazine) and the Trust website
  6. ^ Doe, J, Parrott, S, (edited McGlone, Dr. G, Regini, K), October 1989, ‘Gloucestershire Commons – Their History, Wildlife and Future’, Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  7. ^ Natural England website - Rolling Bank Quarry SSSI
  8. ^ "Countryfile host Ellie Harrison is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust president". BBC News. 3 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Listed and reported in the BBC Wildlife Magazine (September 1997) and reported in Wildlife News Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust magazine (Autumn 1997)
  10. ^ Bathe, G M, Bell, T, Nicholls, S P, Nicholls, M, Raffe, R W, et al (editors McGlone, Dr. G, Sparrow, Brig. C E H, Worsnip, H), April 1981, ‘Wildlife in Gloucestershire – A Habitat Survey’, Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  11. ^ Information on Trust reserves
  12. ^ Kelham, A, Sanderson, J, Doe, J, Edgeley-Smith, M, et al, 1979, 1990, 2002 editions, 'Nature Reserves of the Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation/Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust'
  13. ^ Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves Guide 2009/2010
  14. ^ Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve Guide (January 2011)
  15. ^ Gloucestershire Nature Reserves Index
  16. ^ Guy, C, Haigh, D, Harris, Lucy, Harris, Lyn, Parker, J, Ralphs, I, Tandy, C, (1977 edition edited Holland, S) et al, 1966, 1967, 1977, 2007 editions, 'Badgeworth Nature Reserve Handbook' Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  17. ^ 1977, 'The Brassey Nature Reserve - Descriptive Handbook', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  18. ^ 1986, 'Chedworth Nature Reserve: Booklet 1, Introduction', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  19. ^ 1991, 'Plants and Animals of the Edward Richardson and Phyllis Amey Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  20. ^ Historic England. "Reserve includes listed ancient monument of an Iron Age fortified enclosure known as Salmonsbury Camp (1017340)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Laurie Lee Wood description
  22. ^ Martin M (editor), 1996, 2004 (revised second edition), 'Lower Woods Nature Reserve - A Guide', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  23. ^ Martin M, Rowlatt, S (editors), 2001(published), 'The Natural History of Lower Woods in 2000 AD', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, (includes list of contributors)
  24. ^ (undated), mid-late 1980s, 'Midger Reserve Kilcot', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  25. ^ 1981, revised 1985, 'Mythe Railway Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  26. ^ Pulsatilla vulgaris species link that references Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserve
  27. ^ a b 1995, "A Wildlife Guide - Siccaridge Wood and Sapperton Valley Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  28. ^ (undated), 'Snow's Farm Reserve Handbook', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  29. ^ The Park & Poor's Allotment description
  30. ^ Gloucestershire Naturalists' website
  31. ^ Moore, L, Studholme, C, ‘State of the Natural Environment Report’, March 2011, prepared for the Gloucestershire Environment Partnership by Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  32. ^ Studholme, C, 'The State of the Natural Environment in Gloucestershire 2012', July 2012, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  33. ^ Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership website
  34. ^ Partnership list
  35. ^ Key Wildlife Sites information
  36. ^ A Living Landscape, The Wildlife Trusts
  37. ^ Commended in the Living Wetlands Award presented by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) 2012
  38. ^ Living Landscapes based on Gloucestershire's nature map
  39. ^ Atty, D, Haigh, D J R, Holland, Sonia, Long, D C, Porter, Steve (edited Miller, John, illustrated Ball, Arthur), October 1987, 'Plants and Animals of the Dowdeswell Reservoir Nature Reserve', Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation and Ball, Arthur, Barber, Bruce, undated, 'The Birds of Dowdeswell Reservoir Nature Reserve', The Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation
  40. ^ Strachan, C, Strachan, R, and Jefferies, D J, 2003, 'The water vole and mink survey of England, Scotland and Wales 1996-1998', pages 22-79 in Jefferies, D J, editor, 'The water vole and mink survey of Britain 1996-1998 with a history of long term changes in the status of both species and their causes', The Vincent Wildlife Trust, Ledbury.
  41. ^ Field, J, 2009, 'Managing land for water voles', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  42. ^ 2001(published),'Gloucestershire Water Vole Survey (1997/98)', Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  43. ^ Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership - Water Vole status report
  44. ^ Natural England SSSI selection point

External links

Media related to Nature reserves in Gloucestershire at Wikimedia Commons

  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • The Wildlife Trusts
  • The South West Wildlife Trusts
  • Natural England

Coordinates: 51°50′01″N 2°13′57″W / 51.83361°N 2.23250°W / 51.83361; -2.23250

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gloucestershire_Wildlife_Trust&oldid=807325789"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloucestershire_Wildlife_Trust
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA