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The National Park Authority offers advice and discretionary grants to protect or enhance important habitats and species within the National Park, especially those listed as priorities in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan (see below).


  • Farmland, including hedges, ditches, ponds, cereal field margins, beetle banks and buffer strips, and moorland edge habitats.
  • Lowland wetland
  • Marine sublittoral habitats (ie shore)
  • Maritime cliffs and slopes
  • Moorland
  • Rivers and streams
  • Road verges
  • Species-rich grassland
  • Woodland
  • Wood pasture, parkland and veteran trees


  • Arable flowers
  • Bats
  • Dwarf cornel
  • Farmland birds
  • Freshwater pearl mussel
  • Great crested newt
  • Juniper
  • Moorland birds
  • Rare butterflies and moths
  • Water vole
  • White-clawed crayfish
  • Wild daffodils

We are looking to build connectivity between habitats which will benefit species. Connectivity is about creating a coherent and resilient ecological network based on more, better, bigger habitat areas with increased connections between them. The National Park Authority aims to make significant improvements, on a landscape scale, to restore and enhance existing habitat connections across the North York Moors to ensure our landscapes are resilient and that the biodiversity and character of the area continues to strengthen and improve.

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RPA - funding may also be available through Countryside Stewardship


Natural Environment Team
T: 01439 772700