The eastern boundary of the National Park stetches for 26 miles and forms part of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast.
The coastal landscape has a mixture of habitats and features that make it unique within the National Park. Habitats here include rock shore, wooded gills, sandy beach and flower rich cliff top farmland which, although intensively cultivated in certain parts, still has remnants of traditional pastoral farming techniques. Ancient hedgerows and drystone walls mark the field boundaries and small clusters of fishing villages lie in the shelter of the rocky cliffs.
The majority of the coastal strip has been identified by the National Park Authority in its Management Plan as a strategic habitat corridor. Through the Authority's Connectivity project there is a programme of discretionary grants targeted at achieving connectivity measures (eg strengthening and enhancing existing habitat connections) that cannot be delivered through alternative funding sources.
Advice and potential grant is available to conserve, enhance and extend existing quality habitats. Assistance with Environmental Stewardship is also available for coastal farms as well as advice to combat diffuse pollution getting into coastal streams.
John Beech, Coastal Projects Officer
T: 01439 772700 or 07968 391448