Better Estuary and Coastal Habitats (BEACH Esk)

Project awarded £101,049.59

People planting a new hedgerow between two fences.Newly created pond

The BEACH Esk project is a Farming in Protected Landscape project funded in partnership with the Environment Agency and delivered by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It is a catchment-scale restoration project on the Cock Mill / Rigg Mill Beck network near Whitby.

It aims to improve the ecological and chemical status of the watercourses, reduce marine pollution in Whitby Harbour and reduce agricultural pollution in the upper catchment, as well as creating new habitat and improving connectivity across the landscape.

This is being achieved by working in partnership with landowners / managers to deliver a capital works programme across multiple holdings, from the upper limits of the catchment to the main River Esk at Ruswarp.

FIPL funding has enabled the BEACH Esk project to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Two ponds created
  • One hectare of riparian buffer strips created
  • 12 land managers engaged
  • 0.2 hectares of wetland created
  • 1.2 hectares of semi-improved grassland created
  • 1440 trees planted
  • 30 in-field trees planted
  • 3,343 metres of hedgerows planted
  • 6 livestock troughs installed
  • 6,457 metres of fencing and 10 field gates installed
  • One new water crossing point installed
  • 630 hours of volunteer support

Management Plan

This projects supports the following Management Plan objective:

Icon showing a hand holding a seedling in soilOutcome 1: A resilient landscape at the forefront of addressing climate change and nature recovery

Objective 4: Protect, restore and improve soils across the National Park.

Objective 5: Achieve good ecological status for all water bodies by 2027 and support the improvement of the marine and coastal habitat.

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