Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
The logo of the Wildlife Trusts
Abbreviation YWT
Motto Love Yorkshire, Love Wildlife
Formation 1 January 1946; 71 years ago (1946-01-01) as Yorkshire Naturalists’ Trust
Type Registered charity No.210807
Legal status Company limited by guarantee No.409650
Purpose Protecting wildlife and wild places, and educating, influencing and empowering people.
Headquarters 1 St George's Place, York
  • YO24 1GN
Region served
Traditional county of Yorkshire
Chief Executive
Dr Rob Stoneman
Affiliations The Wildlife Trusts partnership
Accounts 2007-8
Website http://www.ywt.org.uk/

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 East Yorkshire South Yorkshire West Yorkshire

Askham Bog

Barlow Common

Bishop Monkton Railway Cutting

Bolton-on-Swale Lake

Bolton Percy Station

Brae Pasture


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


Ripon Loop

Semer Water

Sherburn Willows

South House Pavement



Strensall Common

Upper Dunsforth Carr

Wharram Quarry

Weldrake Ings

Yellands Meadow

Allerthorpe Common

Calley Heath

Flamborugh Cliffs

Hodgson's Fields


Kilnsea Wetlands


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


Welwick Saltmarsh

Denaby Ings

Fen Carr

Hopyard Haymeadow

Maltby Low Common

Potteric Carr

Sprotborough Flash

Thorpe Marsh

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

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


  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. 

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