Esk and coastal streams catchment

From working with farmers to improve water quality, to creating and restoring habitats – we, alongside our partners, are working to deliver a variety of environmental, social and economic benefits to the Esk and coastal streams catchment.

Key aims

  • Restore and protect: Work in partnership to restore habitats and champion nature recovery. To create a more naturally functioning river that supports the wider landscape and its species, including endangered freshwater pearl mussel.
  • Reunite river and people: Develop people’s understanding of the river landscape, inspiring them to take ownership of the wildlife it supports. Empower people to help protect both biodiversity and climate.
  • Work hand in hand: Work closely together with a number of key organisations, groups and people, combining our expertise and resources to restore the River Esk and coastal streams.

Grosmont Ford on the River Esk. Photo of a river running through woodland. Credit Oliver SherrattClose up of flowing river among mossy rocks. Credit James Hines.

Catchment area

The River Esk emerging in the North of the National Park flows through a patchwork of heather moorland, mixed woodland and farmland before meeting the sea at Whitby estuary. The catchment also encompasses multiple coastal streams including Sandsend, Eastrow and Staithes Beck.

The Esk is North Yorkshire’s only principal Atlantic salmon river and more crucially supports a small and endangered population of freshwater pearl mussels – the last remaining in Yorkshire and a big focus for the catchment.

Graphical map of the Esk Valley. Highlights a ranger of landscape including moorland and coast.

Explore these pages to learn more about what we’re doing and how you can get involved.


Discover the range of projects we’re running, and involved with, to help boost biodiversity and improve water quality across the Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment.

Help our rivers

There’s lots we can all do to help our rivers, either at home or out and about. Here’s a few tips.

Keep it clean, stop the spread

Keep it clean, stop the spread

Respect wildlife

Respect wildlife

Stick to paths

Stick to paths

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