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Natural heritage and land management

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.

North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

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

Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment

The Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership, a partnership between the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and North York Moors National Park, are delivering education initiatives, community monitoring schemes and habitat restoration works to improve and conserve the catchment for future generation to enjoy.

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.

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.