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Biodiversity and highways

We are working with various partners to conserve and improve the biodiversity associated with Gloucestershire’s highways. A short guide on verges for District, Town and Parish Councils is planned for release later in 2020.

In order to implement our statutory duty to conserve biodiversity (Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act), we produce a detailed Highways and Biodiversity Guidance document. This is a useful reference for all those who carry out works on county roads and Public Rights of Way. The document is in line with Plantlife’s best practice guide (2019) but covers a much wider range of topics than just verge management alone.

In partnership with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust we periodically (re)survey important verges for wildlife and update a Conservation Road Verge (CRV) register. This register concisely sets out the value and location of the most important county sites known to us.

Gloucestershire Highways and Biodiversity Guidance

For further information on specific sites and requests for associated survey information, please contact
Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records (GCER)

Conservation Road Verge Register

If you have any queries on highways management in relation to Conservation Road Verges, please contact:



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