Local Wildlife and Geology Groups
Action for River Kennet (ARK) – a charity dedicated to protecting and restoring the Kennet, one of England’s finest Chalk Streams. Lots of events and practical days are held throughout the year, which everyone is welcome to join.
Cotswold Fungus Group – organise regular fungus forays throughout the year, visiting a wide range of sites throughout north Wiltshire.
West of England Geologists’ Association (WEGA) – promote a wider interest in the science of geology through organised lectures, field excursions and social activities.
Wessex Bryology Group – records bryophytes is sites across Wiltshire, Dorset, and parts of Somerset. A key aim of the group is to encourage those who are new to the subject to become more experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes.
Wiltshire Amphibian and Reptile Group (WARG) – record and promote the interests of the county’s snakes, lizards, newts, frogs and toads.
Wiltshire Badger Group – aims to promote the study, conservation and protection of badgers, and to take part in any activities, which will advance public education concerning badgers.
Wiltshire Bat Group – an informal organisation made up of dedicated individuals carrying out scientific studies and running bat conservation projects across the County.
Wiltshire Botanical Society (WBS) – arrange a full programme of outings to interesting sites in Wiltshire or neighbouring counties, the leader and members sharing their knowledge of plants.
Wiltshire Geology Group – established in the early 1980’s WGG is a member of the Geology Trusts, a nation-wide, County based organisation committed to promoting and protecting geological diversity in both historic and new sites of geological interest. Follow their blog, and take a journey through geological history, charting the movement of our landmass and the creation of varying rock forms by visiting Rock Circus.
Wiltshire Mammal Group – formed in 2005 with the aim of improving mammal recording in Wiltshire, and in particular promoting Dormouse survey work.
Wiltshire Ornithological Society (WOS) – mission is to encourage and pursue the study, recording and conservation of birds in Wiltshire.
Other useful links
ALERC – the association between Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) in Great Britain.
Partnership Organisations – some of the stakeholders who support WSBRC through funding or data exchange.
Link2Nature – use this website to find out more about your local nature partnership, how it is being developed and how you can get involved.
Wiltshire Council Guidance – Ecological Surveys & Development
The Wiltshire Community Area Joint Strategic Assessments (CAJSAs) for 2013 – 2015 can be seen here. WSBRC produced the landscape classification maps for each of the 20 CAs. Choose Environment > Protecting wildlife and natural habitats to view these.
Wiltshire Core Strategy – Adoption/Policy Maps – Community Areas
UK state of nature report
Cotswold water park
Cotswold Water Park species checklist – The Cotswold Water Park Trust has published an updated species checklist for the birds, mammals, butterflies and dragonflies of the Cotswold Water Park.
Cotswold Water Park bird blog – Take a look at recent sightings from within the Cotswold Water Park.