The implementation of the Gloucestershire Nature Map relies on the availability of high quality baseline data. It also requires the involvement of local conservation practitioners and key decision makers to apply the Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) approach in a consistent manner.
The Nature Map for Gloucestershire shows where the characteristic habitats that typify the county and support its wildlife can be expanded and linked to help wildlife survive in an uncertain future. By identifying the county's wildlife Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) in respect of Priority Habitats, blocks of land were identified which provided the best opportunity for creating and linking these key wildlife habitats.
Nature Map represents an ecological network for the future. The landscape-scale blocks of land called Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) show where the characteristic habitats that typify the county and support its wildlife can be expanded and linked to create a more resilient natural environment. This new approach, the one of large-scale habitat restoration and creation will deliver wide-ranging benefits for people as well as wildlife because of the range of ecosysytem services that a resilient, coherent ecological network can provide.
Landscape-scale conservation aims to take a holistic approach, looking not just at biodiversity but at local economies, agriculture, ecotourism, geodiversity, culture, archaeology, health and social benefits that come with our natural environment.
Listed here are species on the Priority Species list which are found in Gloucestershire. This includes species whose local decline meets national criteria for marked decline, Red Listed birds, nationally scarce plants, and culturally valued species.