Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
The logo of the Wildlife Trusts
MottoLove Yorkshire, Love Wildlife
Formation1 January 1946; 73 years ago (1946-01-01) 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

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a wildlife trust covering the traditional county of Yorkshire, England.[citation needed] 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[1] 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.[2]

This trust offers a membership card that users can access the below mentioned reserves:[3]


North Yorkshire[edit]

  • 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 Loop
  • Semer Water
  • Sherburn Willows
  • South House Pavement
  • Southerscales
  • Staveley
  • Strensall Common
  • Upper Dunsforth Carr
  • Wharram Quarry
  • Weldrake Ings
  • Yellands Meadow

East Yorkshire[edit]

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[edit]

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

West Yorkshire[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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.[4][5]


  1. ^ "View Find a nature reserve". Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Potteric Carr Nature Reserve: Introduction". Friends of Potteric Carr. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Visit". Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Spurn gets go-ahead for wildlife visitor centre". BBC News. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Controversial Visitor Centre Unit Arrives". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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