Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a wildlife trust that covers the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. When it was founded, it covered the traditional county of Yorkshire, England, but under the 1974 county boundary changes, some of the trust's boundaries were amended to reflect those changes.[2] The Trust is part of the UK-wide partnership of 47 Wildlife Trusts. It was formed in 1946, as the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Trust, essentially to preserve its first nature reserve Askham Bog on the outskirts of York. It now manages more than ninety reserves[3] across the county, including some of the best wildlife sites in the UK. These nature reserves cover the diversity of Yorkshire’s landscape, from woodland to grassland, wetland and moorland, fen and bog, and river and coast. One of the flagship reserves is Potteric Carr, a mixed wetland habitat to the south of Doncaster.[4]

This trust offers a membership card that visitors can use to access the below mentioned reserves:[5]

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
The logo of the Wildlife Trusts
MottoLove Yorkshire, Love Wildlife
Formation1 January 1946 as Yorkshire Naturalists’ Trust
TypeRegistered charity No.210807
Legal statusCompany limited by guarantee No.409650
PurposeProtecting wildlife and wild places, and educating, influencing and empowering people.
Headquarters1 St George's Place, York
  • YO24 1GN
Region served
Traditional county of Yorkshire
Chief Executive
Dr Rob Stoneman
AffiliationsThe Wildlife Trusts partnership
Budget (2017–2018)
£10 million[1]
WebsiteOfficial website


North Yorkshire

  • Ashberry
  • Askham Bog
  • Barlow Common
  • Bishop Monkton Railway Cutting
  • Bolton-on-Swale Lake
  • Bolton Percy Station
  • Brae Pasture
  • Brockadale
  • Burton Leonard Lime Quarries
  • Burton Riggs
  • Chafer Wood
  • Ellerburn Bank
  • Fen Bog
  • Filey Dams
  • Garbutt Wood
  • Globe Flower Wood
  • Grass Wood
  • Harland Mount
  • Jeffry Bog
  • Leyburn Old Glebe
  • Little Beck Wood
  • Moorlands
  • Ripon City Wetlands[6]
  • Ripon Loop
  • Semer Water
  • Sherburn Willows
  • South House Pavement
  • Southerscales
  • Staveley
  • Strensall Common
  • Upper Dunsforth Carr
  • Wharram Quarry
  • Weldrake Ings
  • Yellands Meadow

East Yorkshire

Nature Reserve at Kiplingcotes chalk pit - geograph.org.uk - 8604
Nature Reserve at Kiplingcotes chalk pit east of Goodmanham, East Riding of Yorkshire. Managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who have used Exmoor ponies and Soay sheep to graze the land
  • Allerthorpe Common
  • Calley Heath
  • Flamborugh Cliffs
  • Hodgson's Fields
  • Keldmarsh
  • Kilnsea Wetlands
  • Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit
  • North cave Wetlands
  • North Cliffe Wood
  • North Newbald Becksies
  • Paull Holme Strays
  • Pearson Park Wildlife Garden
  • Pulfin Bog
  • Rifle Butts Quarry
  • Saltmarshe Delph
  • Skerne Wetlands
  • Snakeholm Pastures
  • Spurn
  • Welwick Saltmarsh

South Yorkshire

(Other Wildlife Trust reserves in South Yorkshire are managed by Sheffield Wildlife Trust.)

West Yorkshire

  • Adel Dam
  • Broadhead Clough
  • Hetchell Wood
  • Hollinhurst Wood
  • Kippax Meadows
  • Kirkstall Valley
  • Ledsham Bank
  • Ledston Luck
  • Letchmire Pastures
  • Low Wood
  • Owl Wood and Pit Plantation
  • Rothwell Country Park
  • Rothwell Pastures
  • Stirley Community Farm
  • Stocksmoor Common
  • Stoneycliffe Wood
  • The Lines Way
  • Townclose Hills
  • Upper Park Wood
  • Water Haigh Woodland Park
  • Willow Garth

Controversy at Spurn

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust received over 2,800 objections to the erection of a £900,000 visitors' centre on the Spurn Heritage Coast, East Riding of Yorkshire, with residents of neighbouring Kilnsea citing visual impact and flooding among their concerns. The planning application was successful on its second attempt in January 2017, after amendments to the original proposals, but despite ongoing concerns of locals.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Annual report and consolidated reports year ended 31 March 2018" (PDF). yet.org.uk. p. 24. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York Finding Aid - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Archive (YWT)" (PDF). borthcat.york.ac.uk. 25 January 2019. p. 120. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ "View Find a nature reserve". Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Potteric Carr Nature Reserve: Introduction". Friends of Potteric Carr. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Visit". Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  6. ^ Scott, Jim (10 May 2019). "New lease of life for site of former quarry". Darlington & Stockton Times (19–2019). p. 3. ISSN 2516-5348.
  7. ^ "Spurn gets go-ahead for wildlife visitor centre". BBC News. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Controversial Visitor Centre Unit Arrives". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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Adel, Leeds

Adel is a suburb in North Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is situated between Cookridge, Holt Park, Weetwood and Alwoodley. To the north are the villages of Arthington and Bramhope and the market town of Otley.

It forms part of the Leeds City Council ward of Adel & Wharfedale and the parliamentary constituency of Leeds North West.

In common with many areas of Leeds it is not easy to define the boundaries of Adel, but Adel Church and the two schools are well to the east of Otley Road, the A660, although the post office is on that road. There is one public house in Adel, the Lawnswood Arms, and there is a restaurant/pub on the Otley Road around the corner from Gainsborough Avenue.

Allerthorpe Common

Allerthorpe Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nature reserve in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located close to the town of Pocklington. The site, which was designated a SSSI in 1951, lies on river and lake sands, which were deposited during the last glacial period 12-10,000 years ago. The soils are acidic and a variety of habitats, including wet and dry heath, mire, grassland and woodland have formed.

The drier areas are dominated by heather interspersed with cross-leaved heath and purple moor grass. In the wetter areas purple moor grass forms dense tussocks. Common cottongrass and marsh cinquefoil occur in the wet mire conditions.

Askham Bog

Askham Bog is small area of peat bog and Site of Special Scientific Interest situated within the Vale of York in North Yorkshire, England. It lies to the south-west of York, north of Copmanthorpe and near Askham Richard and Askham Bryan.


Balby is a suburb of Doncaster and civil parish located to the south-west of the borough in the county of South Yorkshire. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Balby is within the Doncaster Central constituancy and contains the electoral wards Balby South and Hexthorpe and Balby North.Housing stock ranging from terraced housing nearer to Doncaster town centre and post-war suburbs to the south west. There are several new housing developments, including, Woodfield Plantation which is part of an attempt to regenerate the area following deindustrialization.

Economic activity is still centred on heavy industry, especially around the Carr Hill Industrial Estate, home to Bridon, a large rope manufacturer.

Beckhead Plantation

Beckhead Plantation is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and nature reserve in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located close to the village of Great Givendale on the Yorkshire Wolds. The site, which was designated a SSSI in 1968, is managed as a nature reserve by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It lies on chalk land in Given Dale. The site is important because it demonstrates many of the characteristic features of a northern ash woodland on chalk. The tree canopy is dominated by ash with some wych elm, field maple and rowan while the understorey contains shrub species including hazel, guelder rose, elder, gooseberry and fly honeysuckle.

Derwent Ings

Derwent Ings is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) divided between North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Derwent Ings is of international significance and has been designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention and as a Special Protection Area under the terms of the European Community Directive. Part of the site is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is managed in conjunction with English Nature. It lies adjacent to the River Derwent between Sutton upon Derwent and Menthorpe. The site, which was designated a SSSI in 1975, consists of a series of neutral alluvial flood meadows, fen and swamp communities and freshwater habitats. It is one of the most important examples of agriculturally unimproved species-rich alluvial flood meadow habitat remaining in the UK.

In winter the Ings support internationally important concentrations of waterfowl, in excess of 20,000 individuals, together with nationally important numbers of Bewick's swan, teal, wigeon, mallard, pochard, golden plover and ruff.

Golden Acre Park

Golden Acre Park is a public park between Adel and Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (grid reference SE267417), administered by Leeds City Council. It is on the A660 Otley Road and covers an area of 137 acres (55 ha).

Grass Wood, Wharfedale

Grass Wood is an ancient woodland of 88 hectares (220 acres) in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, England, that has an exceptional ground flora of woodland wildflowers.

The area was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1955 for upland broadleaved woodland. The site is also listed in A Nature Conservation Review under the entry for "Conistone Old Pasture and Bastow Wood".

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust completed the purchase of the site in 1983 and manages it as a nature reserve. The whole of the area of the SSSI is registered common land.Two adjacent sites Bastow Wood and Conistone Old Pasture are also notified as SSSIs, the former for broadleaved woodland and calcareous grassland, and the latter for calcareous grassland and limestone pavement.

Grass Wood is the last surviving native site in Britain for the Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus).

John Lawton (biologist)

Sir John Hartley Lawton (born 24 September 1943) is a British ecologist, RSPB Vice President, President (former Chair) of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, President of The Institution of Environmental Sciences, Chairman of York Museums Trust and President of the York Ornithological Club.

He has previously been a trustee of WWF UK and head of Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and was the last chair of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. In October 2011, he was awarded the RSPB Medal.


Kiplingcotes is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 3.5 miles (6 km) north-east of the market town of Market Weighton. 3 miles (5 km) to the east lies Etton.

It is split between the civil parishes of Dalton Holme and Etton.

Kiplingcotes is the location for the annual Kiplingcotes Derby horse race. The 500th race took place on 21 March 2019.The hamlet was served by Kiplingcotes railway station on the York to Beverley Line between 1865 and 1965.In 1823 Kiplingcotes (then alternatively Kipling Coates House), was in the parish of Middleton on the Wolds. and the Wapentake of Harthill. Inhabitants included one farmer.Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit Nature Reserve, to the west of the hamlet is managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Leyburn Old Glebe

Leyburn Old Glebe Nature Reserve is a nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It is about 440 yards (400 m) east of the village of Wensley and 0.6 miles (1 km) southwest of Leyburn. The site is a traditionally-managed 3 hectare hay meadow on a south-facing slope, overlooking the River Ure. It is one of the best preserved unimproved meadows in the Yorkshire Dales. Each year, after the flowers have set seed, an autumn hay cut and grazing by a limited number of sheep are essential management to prevent the area becoming overgrown.Meadows have declined in Britain over the last century, due mainly to intensive agriculture, and it is estimated that 97% of Britain's meadows have been destroyed since the 1930's, so areas like Leyburn Glebe are vital to the survival of many plant species. Many unusual flowers can be seen there. The Wildlife Trust ask that visitors keep to the edges of the meadow so that rare and/or delicate plants are not damaged.

Animals seen in the reserve include small skipper butterfly, yellowhammer and stoat.The word glebe means land that was granted to the local priest, to provide him with an income. It comes from the Latin gleba, meaning clod/soil/land. The nature reserve was owned by a local church until 1983.


Middlestown is a small village in between Wakefield and Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. The village is in the civil parish of Sitlington.

The villages of Middlestown, Netherton, Overton and Midgley are built around and overlook the Coxley Valley.

There are two Nature Reserves, managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, within the boundaries, and the area is also home to the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

Both the M1 and M62 are a few minutes drive away. The A642 road passes through Middlestown

North Cave Wetlands

North Cave Wetlands is a nature reserve at North Cave, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.The reserve comprises six lakes, restored from a former sand and gravel quarry. There are three bird hides. Expansion is planned, onto additional pits, which are currently being quarried.

Potteric Carr

Potteric Carr is a large area of land to the southeast of Doncaster, in Yorkshire, England, over 3,000 acres (12 km2) in size.

Rifle Butts Quarry

Rifle Butts Quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The particular interest of this reserve is the geological feature exposed on the quarry face. The site is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The exposure which is identified as being of national importance in the Geological Conservation Review shows a Cretaceous unconformity, where sediments from the Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous periods were eroded away. It shows a section of Red Chalk and White Chalk overlying Lias. A shelter has been constructed to protect the quarry face from erosion. The reserve is situated on the western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, one mile south-east of Goodmanham and two miles from Market Weighton. The site, which was designated a SSSI in 1952, has over 150 plants recorded. It still displays some characteristic chalk species, including cowslip, marjoram, field scabious and wild basil. Breeding birds include willow warbler and yellowhammer.

Sprotbrough Flash

Sprotbrough Flash, also called Sprotborough Flash, is a nature reserve situated south of Sprotbrough near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK on the left bank of the River Don. It is named after its main feature, a long, water-filled depression parallel to the river. The reserve is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It overlaps with Sprotbrough Gorge, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The size of the protected area is 28 hectares (0.28 square kilometers). The Trans Pennine Trail passes through the area.


Spurn is a narrow sand tidal island located off the tip of the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England that reaches into the North Sea and forms the north bank of the mouth of the Humber Estuary. Before a severe storm in February 2017, which damaged part of the sandbank, Spurn was a spit with a semi-permanent connection to the mainland. A storm in 2013 made the road down to the end of Spurn impassable to vehicles at high tide.The island is over 3 miles (5 kilometres) long, almost half the width of the estuary at that point, and as little as 50 yards (46 m) wide in places. The southernmost tip is known as Spurn Head or Spurn Point and is the home to an RNLI lifeboat station and two disused lighthouses. It forms part of the civil parish of Easington.

Spurn Head covers 280 acres (113 ha) above high water and 450 acres (181 ha) of foreshore. It has been owned since 1960 by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a designated national nature reserve, heritage coast and is part of the Humber Flats, Marshes and Coast Special Protection Area.

West Beck

West Beck is the common name given to the upper section of the old River Hull, as it rises in the foothills of the Yorkshire Wolds. After reaching Frodingham Beck at Emmotland, it becomes called the River Hull. It is noteworthy for being the most northerly chalk stream in England. It provides fly fishing for wild brown trout and grayling.


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