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Local conservation/countryside organisations

Centre For Rural Research
Based within the School of Environmental Science and Land Management at University of Worcester, the Centre for Rural Research undertakes academic and applied research into aspects of agricultural, cultural, economic, environmental, political and social change in the countryside.

Natural England – Herefordshire and Worcestershire Team
English Nature has been replaced by Natural England. The local office for Herefordshire and Worcestershire is now part of the West Midlands region. Contact details can be found here. Information about the local ‘Natural Areas’ can be found on the H&W Team pages. In the two counties, the natural areas include the Black Mountains & Golden Valley, Central Herefordshire, the Malvern Hills and Teme Valley and the Severn and Avon Vales.

Herefordshire Biodiversity Action Plan
Website of the Herefordshire BAP providing information about the purpose of the action plan and ways to get involved with preserving the diverse wildlife and habitats of Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Organisation responsible for “working with individuals, community groups and partner organisations to protect Herefordshire’s wildlife”.

Malvern Hills AONB
Website for the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The AONB is well know for the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills and surrounding areas, as well as the local spring water. The AONB also contains a diverse cultural heritage and is rich in wildlife.

Malvern Hills Conservators
The body responsible for managing approximately 3,000 acres of the Malvern Hills, 2,500 of which is directly owned by the group. Formed by an act of parliament in 1884.

Malvern Spa Association
Organisation responsible for promoting and preserving the many natural springs in the Malvern Hills area.

Worcestershire Biodiversity Action Plan
Official site for the Worcestershire Biodiversity Action Plan, hosted by the County Council.

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Organisation responsible for preserving the diverse wildlife and habitats in Worcestershire, and for educating the public on conservation issues.

Wye Valley AONB
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompasses approximately 70 km of the River Wye from Hereford in the north to Chepstow Castle. The AONB straddles the border between England and Wales and includes parts of the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Monmouthshire. The limestone gorge of the River Wye is the most spectacular part of the protected landscape.

Local educational organisations and resources

Bishopswood Environmental Education Centre
A nationally and internationally recognised centre involved in environmental and sustainability education with schools. The centre also runs a variety of training courses. See website for details.

Bodenham Arboretum
Set in 156 acres of countryside on the outskirts of Kidderminster, Bodenham Arboretum is home to more than 2700 trees. There are also 11 pools and 4 miles or trails and a visitor’s centre.

Bewdley Museum
Located in the picturesque river side Georgian town of Bewdley, the museum illustrates the growth and trades of the town as well as the crafts of the surrounding Wyre Forest area through fascinating indoor and outdoor displays.

Geology of the Forest of Dean
Extract from the book The mines of the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas by Tony Oldham.

Delivering field and classroom courses for adult students since 1996, Geostudies is run by Dave Green – local geologist who has been teaching beginners and undergraduates since the 1970s!

Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth Museum of Geology holds the finest and most extensive collections of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands. Dating back to 1880, it is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK.

Ludlow Museum
Contains the John Norton Gallery and a presentation of the internationally famous geology of the Ludlow area. Also houses displays on human occupation in the area.

Malvern Outdoor Education Centre
An outdoor activities centre owned and operated by Worcestershire County Council. Provides outdoor and indoor classroom activities for school children in the beautiful setting of the north Malvern Hills.

Severn Valley Country Park
Located between the of Highly and Alveley in the Shropshire countryside, this park covers 180 acres of woodland, meadows and wetland. Large areas of the park were reclaimed following cessation of coal mining operations in the area in 1969.

The University of the Third Age
A “a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.”

Worcester City Museums
Information about the museums in the city of Worcester including the The Commandery and The City Art Gallery & Museum.

Worcestershire County Museum
Housed in the 14th Centrury Hartlebury castle, the museum contains displays on collections ranging from children’s toys, archaeology and costume to craft work by the Bromsgrove Guild.

Wyre Forest Discovery Centre
Located at the Wyre Forest Visitors Centre, in Callow Hill, just outside of Bewdley, the centre provides facilities and programmes designed to educate children about the forest and related subjects such as wildlife and arts and craft.

Local government

Bromsgrove District Council
Source of information about local services within the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire County. District includes the town of Bromsgrove.

Herefordshire Council
Source of information for countywide services in Herefordshire.

Redditch Borough Council
Information about the local council services within the borough of the town of Redditch.

Malvern Hills District Council
Source of information on local services in the Malvern Hills District of Worcestershire County. District includes the towns of Tenbury Wells, Malvern, and Upton-on-Severn.

Worcester City Council
Information about the services provided for residents of the city of Worcester.

Worcestershire County Council
Providing services to the residents of the county of Worcestershire.

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
County Council service responsible for recording and promoting the archives and archaeology of the county of Worcestershire. They are located in the Hive – the new library and history centre in Worcester.

Wychavon District Council
Source of information about local services within the Wychavon District of Worcestershire County. Includes the towns of Droitwich, Pershore and Evesham.

Wyre Forest District Council
Source of information about local services within the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire County. District includes the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley.

Other local information resources

Beckford Gravel Pit
A geological SSSI and Nature Reserve, which is owned and managed by the local community.

Bewdley Development Trust
Promoting the town of Bewdley and the surrounding area, including information on local events, news, business, places to go and places to stay.

Bredon Parish Community
Information about the local services and life in the parish of Bredon, Worcestershire.

Clearwell Caves
The Royal Forest of Dean’s Mining Museum.

Forest Web
The Royal Forest of Dean official website.

Historic Herefordshire On Line
Online database of all historic monuments and sites in the county of Herefordshire.

Directory containing information and links to everything Herefordshire.

Ledbury Online
Promoting the town, its location, its shops and its businesses.

Information about the town located in north central Herefordshire.

This site provides a general introduction to the Malvern Hills area of Worcestershire, including a brief description of the geology and springs of the Hills, as well as other information such as accommodation, theatre, local books etc.

The Map Shop, Upton-on-Severn
Local supplier of Ordnance Survey products and services, and UK agent for the official survey authorities for most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and many more.

Ross Online
Covers aspects of culture, entertainment, business, tourism and social communities in the Ross-on-Wye area.

A guide to Ross on Wye, the Wye valley and rural Herefordshire.

Siluria Revisited – a field guide 2011
Field guide drawn up by the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy following their July 2011 field meeting to classic localities in the Welsh Basin and Midland Platform.

Symonds Yat Rapids Preservation Group
Group responsible for managing the Symonds Yat Rapids in the Wye Gorge, a popular place for canoeists of all levels.

Teme Valley
Information about the towns and villages, and the countryside in the Teme valley area.

The Three Counties Agricultural Society
Based at the Malvern Showground, this not-for-profit organisation is responsible for promoting agriculture, horticulture and food production in the counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

This is Herefordshire
A general information source for the county based on the Hereford Times newspaper.

This is Worcestershire
A general information source for the county containing news from all of the locally published newspapers.

Visit Herefordshire
Official tourism site for Herefordshire and the Wye Valley.

Visit Worcester
Official tourism site for the City of Worcester.

Visit Worcestershire
Official tourism site for the county of Worcestershire.

Wigmore Castle
Historical information about the castle.