We talked to several people who were also up there to enjoy the common who were appalled at what was happening up there. We heard tells of a trash heap that the travellers had left and was blowing around. We didn't see this trash pile, but we weren't looking for it either. We saw plenty of trash blowing about in the grass which was awful to see. We saw some bits we were afraid to take a closer look at. Truly disgusting.
We talked to many people who were up there when were were on Saturday and they all talked about the trash and damage they were doing to the land and how rude they were. One of their biggest concerns was human waste left on the common. This could cause the common to be cordoned off and closed to the public because of human waste contamination.
I can tell you that I've heard several reports from eye witnesses this morning that they were still there after 10am and showed no signs of leaving anytime soon. It's now noon, the current time at time of this writing.
Another local news article: http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/15324939._I_can_t_walk_my_dog_through_fear_of_being_harassed___Travellers_who_pitched_their_caravans_on_Selsley_Common_causing_fear_among_residents/?ref=mrb&lp=3
These people have a bad reputation, and I now see why. I have always tried to give them the benefit of doubt when other's talk badly about them. And I won't paint all travellers with the same broad brush, but this particular group have definitely earned their bad reputation. Shame on them.
UPDATE 1: The people camped out on Selsley common did eventually move on Sunday afternoon. I do not know what happened as I was not there.
UPDATE 2: They left a huge mess: Local paper: http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/human-excrement-bits-bathroom-ladder-92210
UPDATE 3: Another local paper: http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/15328824.Travellers_vacate_Selsley_Common_but_leave_behind_waste_including_human_excrement_and_destroyed_vehicle_registration_plates/?ref=mrb&lp=5
NOTE: I may update this post if I learn anything new. I'll add updates to the bottom.