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Community Wildlife Study Group


This group will be made up of local people who have an interest in the wildlife found in and around the Forest. The group will take part in training, events and learning sessions on a range of different wildlife subjects. Through increasing their knowledge, understanding and skills the group will help to monitor the changes to various species populations and habitats across the Foresters’ Forest programme.

What will the project deliver?

Community involvement is at the heart of this group, the aim is to have a self-sustaining study group established at the end of the five years which will continue and build on the work of the Programme to create and maintain a comprehensive account of the Dean’s wildlife.

The group will be managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, who have considerable experience of working with local people who wish to survey their local area. This will include:

  • Establishing an annual survey programme
  • Developing and running a series of events and activities to enthuse local people
  • Developing skills and knowledge of a wide range of wildlife subjects
  • Confirming objectives and outcomes of different projects
  • Establishing a baseline
  • Identifying and employing appropriate methodologies
  • Recruiting, training and supporting local people to carry out the surveys
  • Collating and reporting on results

What can I get involved in?

The group is open to anyone who wants to join in and learn more about their local wildlife. The group will be made up of keen and enthusiastic locals rather than specialist volunteers (although they will be involved with training and support). You don’t need to have any previous knowledge or experience to join in.

Click here to go to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust site.


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