Wildlife spotting in Gloucestershire & The Forest of Dean

The Wildlife and nature of Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean & The Cotswolds is diverse and interesting. Gloucester has an interesting selection of wildlife in the wild and also in rescue centres. There are plenty of places to see wild animals in the countryside and sometimes in your own garden.

Wildlife of Gloucestershire

Hedgehog, Gloucestershire Wildlife

Opportunities to observe nature in the county include;

  • Spot Badgers
  • Spotting Bats
  • Song Birds
  • You can see birds Of Prey hunting in the skys of the county, they also can be seen perched in trees.
  • Fish of The Waterways of Gloucestershire
  • See Foxes
  • Plants & Wild Flowers
  • Rodents
  • Wild Boar roaming the Forest of Dean
  • Trees are an essential part of the Gloucestershire ecosystem.
  • You can see hedgehogs foraging in the evenings.

Nature Attractions & Walks

There is a variety of nature-themed attractions where you can learn about, observe or photograph native wild animals and fauna. Also, there are many walks in the county where you can see wildlife in its natural habitat if you are lucky.

Westonbirt Arboretum

The historic, Victorian, picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is a fantastic place to visit. This beautiful place is in Tetbury, it is a stunning attraction to visit in all seasons but shines with colour in Autumn. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt

Barn Owl Centre

Nature Reserve at Barn Owl Centre

The Barn Owl Centre is a charity that conserves and rehabilitates of birds of prey in the county. The centre also teaches visitors about owls and other birds of prey at its home in some great countryside just outside of Gloucester. More info…

Walking in the Wye Valley

The Wye Valley is an AONB and is a great habitat to explore and maybe see some wildlife in its own habitat. Specifically, there are deer, wild boar, peregrine falcons and smaller mammals to see in the forest of lucky. More info…

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Must See In Gloucestershire Slimbrisge

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is in the county’s south and is home to many types of wildfowl. They do lots of conservation work and maintain a wetland habitat for migrating birds. WWT Slimbridge is a great educational resource and a great attraction for those just wanting to see a variety of birds. They have a range of ducks, geese, swans and other birds that call Slimbridge home. More info…

Robinswood Hill

Wild Rabbit - Wildlife
Wild Rabbit

Near Gloucester is Robinswood Hill, a diverse habitat for wild mammals, birds and fauna. With patience, you can observe many species while exploring the hill, including many rabbits. Wildlife residents of the country park also include foxes, badgers & red kites.

Buttercup Meadow Robinswood Hill Gloucester

There are many species of wildflowers, including a meadow of buttercups here and come more colourful species.