The Yorkshire Dales National Park is situated in the north of Yorkshire, just south of the Northern Peninnes and south east of the Lake District National Park. The park is valued for its natural beauty, rich wildlife, limestone cliffs, charming agricultural scene and the three peaks, namely Ingleborough, Whernside and Phen y Ghent.

A wealth of wildlife, landscape and heritage conservation occurs throughout, to help preserve and protect the area’s natural character. The Parish Wild Life project is a particularly efficient advancement, issued by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to support wildlife on a large scale. Its intent is microcosmic and its effect, macroscopic. Local communities are encouraged to form groups upon which they can assist in the conservation of wildlife.

”Park local community groups are developing and managing habitats, generally on a small scale and taking a hands on approach to biodiversity issues on their doorstep” notes the trust.

The majority of land in the National Park is privately owned and farmed. Considering this, conservation practices are very effective when planned and carried out by land owners, residents and associated people. Work is likely to be better managed, organised, incentivised and executed. In the long term, an expansive support group of associated, responsible and well intentioned individuals are likely to develop.

To date, the Parish Wild Life Project has been successful and is increasing in popularity according to the National Park Authority. The trust has stated that 50 projects have been completed since 2009 with “more and more people contacting” to “discuss their ideas”.  The park authority will help initiate such projects. As previously mentioned, the majority of land in the Yorkshire Dales is privately owned with a lot of this area constituting large acreage units, the trust highlights.

Consequently, the majority of “actions to benefit habitats and species tend to come through Environmental stewardship schemes”. This activity reduces direct “involvement with communities”.  To the trust, communication with the community regarding conservation and landscape maintenance is highly valuable. The Parish Wildlife Project enables this communication, helps relationships flourish and keeps incentives interconnected.

Malhamdale is a very popular tourist destination in the Yorkshire Dales National Park with Malham tarn estate being its highlight. The area is famous for its extensive limestone scenery, gradient rich landscape, characterful village and Malham Cove. The Cove is an ancient cliff and waterfall. The top of the cliff includes a limestone pavement; an amalgamation of rocks which have formed over the years to now resemble a usually irregular and oversized cobbled street.

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement

The cliff has been featured in the deathly Hallows part one film of the Harry Potter series. The pavement’s gently chiselled nature and ghoulish hue render it an enchanting setting. It comes as no surprise that the area is rich in wildlife. Peregrine falcons have been known to nest at the cove. The trust has been monitoring their activity for years and have prescribed a viewpoint to facilitate viewing, for the benefit of travellers, enthusiasts and visitors.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a very special area. Its landscape is gentle, grand, beautiful and enchanting in character. It supports an expansive array of wildlife and deserves support.

For more information on the trust’s work and to offer assistance, visit their website: