Severn Vale Living Landscape

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Creating a wetland wildlife highway through the county

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s vision is to restore the wetlands of the Severn Vale to their former glory, creating a 50-kilometre wetland wildlife highway through the county. This will create an environment that has economic, social and environmental benefits, so that these wetland grasslands will become valued by local communities and provide an income for farmers.

This scheme is underpinned by a comprehensive ‘Nature Map’, unveiled in March 2008 by Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership, which has enabled the Trust to identify 22 strategic nature areas where it is ecologically feasible to create the target wetland habitats in the Severn Vale. Linking up just 12 of these will establish the desired ‘wildlife highway’ route north.

Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane

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What's happening?

We are:

  • Restoring and creating new wetland habitats
  • Providing practical land management advice
  • Establishing a network of trained volunteers to monitor biodiversity gains
  • Working with the Environment Agency to create a better habitat for water voles
  • Producing a grazing strategy for the area 

Start date: 2007

Scheme area: 11,000 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Coombe Hill Canal & Meadows, Mythe Railway Line, Chaceley Meadows,
Ashleworth Ham and Meerend Thicket and Over Ponds

This scheme is helping species including...

Snipe, starling, harvest mouse
Otter, water vole, brown hare, skylark, reed bunting, corn bunting, bullfinch, turtle dove, true fox sedge
Lapwing, curlew, redshank, snipe.

Current threats to the landscape

Development, agricultural intensification, flood defence, non-native species, overgrazing and undergrazing, conversion to arable, inappropriate ditch maintenance 

This scheme is also...

Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, improving water quality, reducing flood risk, storing carbon, improving access for people, encouraging green tourism, providing volunteering opportunities and environmental education, producing local food.


Natural England, Environment Agency, RSPB, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, British Trust for Ornithology, Local Authorities, local landowners, Internal Drainage Board.

To find out more

Email: | Tel: 01452 38 33 33 | Severn Vale Living Landscape

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