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The National Park Authority aims to encourage good environmental management of all farmland.

Defra’s Countryside Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme providing funding to land managers delivering environmental management. Countryside Stewardship encourages activities such as:

  • conserving and restoring wildlife habitats;
  • flood risk management;
  • woodland creation and management;
  • reducing widespread water pollution from agriculture;
  • keeping the character of the countryside;
  • preserving features important to the historic environment;
  • encouraging educational access.

Farming in Protected Landscapes is 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. Find out more about the Programme, including contact details of the Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer to discuss your ideas.

The southern part and western edge of the North York Moors host a summer population of Turtle Doves. Turtle Dove populations are in severe decline. The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project (funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority, Forestry England and Howardian Hills AONB) aims to help these birds. Turtle Doves feed on native seed from autumn sown pollen and nectar mix, flower rich arable field margins and wild flower grasslands. Our project includes officer time for us to visit land managers to help with advice on nesting habitats, establishment of seed mixes and small scale grants to help with seed costs. For advice please contact the Turtle Dove Project Officer.

Useful link

RPA - Countryside Stewardship Scheme


Conservation Department
T: 01439 772700