Cotswold Water Park Wins Special Status

Cotswold Water Park has been given greater protection by Natural England.

All of the Water Park has been given Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status.

Gaining the status will help Natural England work with all the owners and occupiers of the park to protect and enhance its wildlife while they continue to live, work, run businesses and follow leisure pursuits there.

The park was created, and continues to expand, as a result of mineral mining activity across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.

It is a leading example of how people and nature can thrive side by side.

Such sites have been especially important during the pandemic, providing places to connect with nature and spend time outdoors.