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Turtle doves by Richard BennetTurtle doves by Richard Bennet

Find out more about some of the projects we're involved with to enhance wildlife, connect and improve habitats and to support the land management that sustains them.

Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme

A three-year Defra funded Programme (July 2021 to March 2024) for one-off projects to help farmers and land managers adapt to future changes in agricultural support. Specifically, it will support activity that benefits nature recovery, mitigates the impacts of climate change, provides opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage, or supports nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

Nature recovery in the Esk Valley

The North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) was one of 27 organisations in England to secure funding from the Defra funded Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund (NEIRF) to development a nature restoration project.This project will focus on developing a model for restoring and creating habitats such as species-rich grasslands, riparian woodland and riverside meadows at a catchment scale. Enhancing ecosystem services will also be a prominent part of the project, with focus on carbon sequestration and water quality improvements.

Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment

The North York Moors National Park Trust and the North York Moors National Park Authority are the appointed joint hosts for the Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership; its purpose is to pool knowledge and resources to improve and safeguard the River Esk and coastal streams' valuable ecosystem. This is being done through the delivery of conservation projects, citizen science monitoring schemes and education initiatives.

Our woodland work

The North York Moors National Park currently has about 23% woodland cover. Our aim is to create better connected and more resilient woodland habitat networks through woodland creation, existing woodland and ancient tree management, and ancient woodland restoration.

Slowing the Flow

The Slowing the Flow Project (2009-2015) took a new approach to flood management by making changes to the way the landscape and catchment is managed to help reduce the risk of flooding to the town of Pickering and surrounding areas. Currently, as a follow on to the project, we are funding the monitoring of beavers who have been released into a secure area in Cropton Forest to see how well they maintain the existing dams and create their own.

Pearl Mussel project

The pearl mussels in the River Esk are the last surviving population in Yorkshire. We are carrying out restoration work on the river with the help of landowners, to improve the habitat and have a captive breeding programme in the hope that we will be able to re-introduce juvenile mussels into the river.

North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

Thanks to a £64,000 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, this partnership project aimed to halt the dramatic decline in Turtle Dove numbers and enabled vital research and conservation work to be undertaken.

Himalayan Balsam control along the River Seph

Himalayan Balsam is a non-native invasive plant species often found on riverbanks. We have been working with the local community, contractors and volunteers to carry out control work along the River Seph and its tributaries to prevent the further spread of this plant.

A helping hand for water voles

Once a common sight in the North York Moors, water voles have recently suffered a massive decline. We are carrying out work to enhance suitable habitat in an attempt to reverse the decline.

Levisham Estate

Levisham Estate is owned and cared for by us on behalf of the nation. We work with local farmers to ensure that this special area is conserved for future generations to enjoy. Find out about the flood control measures that we've been carrying out on the estate to reduce and delay the movement of rainfall downstream.