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This section covers a wide range of environmental issues, divided into six themes. Please use the links in the left-hand column to navigate these themes. Links to maps and other useful information are given below.

We are aiming to develop and improve this section on an ongoing basis; if you would like to comment on, or contribute to, the information in this section, please email Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

What Matters To You Environment Report

Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner and its partners are committed to developing and delivering services that reflect the differing needs of local communities in Wiltshire. In order to do this effectively, we need to understand what really matters to residents. A survey was carried out between October and December 2013 inviting Wiltshire residents to comment on a range of
topics that affect life where they live. This includes:

  • The local area
  • Council spending
  • Lifestyle
  • Community safety
  • Environment
  • Local health priorities
  • Residents’ views on public services

The findings of this survey will be used by the council and partners, to develop policies that meet the needs of local communities.

State of the Environment report for Wiltshire and Swindon 2013

The second State of the Environment Report for Wiltshire & Swindon was published in September 2013.  The Report is produced by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on behalf of Link2Nature, the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Nature Partnership.  The Report presents evidence on a range of issues relating to the environment and is part of the suite of Joint Strategic Assessments. This report gives an overview and analysis of much of the information presented here on the Wiltshire Intelligence Network. It can be downloaded below and hard copies are available on request by emailing Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Link2Nature - Local Nature Partnership for Wiltshire & Swindon

Link2Nature is the new Local Nature Partnership for Wiltshire and Swindon, formerly recognised by Government in September 2012.  Link2Nature will take a coordinated, landscape scale approach to understanding and prioritising the challenges and opportunities facing our local environment. For more information please visit Link 2 Nature's website: http://www.link2nature.org.uk/

Maps of Environmental Designations, Agri-Environment Scheme Agreements and Flood Risk Zones for each Community Area in Wiltshire, along with a map of current Forestry Commission ownership in Wiltshire and Swindon, can be found on the maps section of this site.

A growing amount of environmental data is available at regional and local geographic levels. The South West Observatory Environment Module contains a wide range of environmental information arranged around the themes of:

This site also contains local environment profiles for the ex-district areas of Wiltshire and for Swindon, collating environmental data at council level.  

Information on agriculture, climate change, air quality, wildlife, waste and recycling can also be found in the Agriculture and Environment theme of the Gateway to UK National Statistics.

Natural England, Defra and the Forestry Commission commissioned a new survey called Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) to provide baseline and trend data on how people use the natural environment in England.

A report describing the benefits of sites of special scientific interest has recently been published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs.

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