Yorkshire Dales appeal

Darnbrook Fell, Upper Wharfedale, in the Yorkshire Dales 

Darnbrook Fell, Upper Wharfedale, in the Yorkshire Dales

We need your help

The Dales you see today are a managed landscape shaped by human intervention over hundreds of years. Many native species of flora and fauna have been lost, and others are threatened. Centuries of heavy grazing and woodland clearance has left the land bare and uniform, and the river systems and peatlands need our help now to avoid further flooding and erosion.

Better ways of grazing

We'd like to bring more native cattle, like this longhorn cow, to the Dales © National Trust Images

We'd like to bring more native cattle, like this longhorn cow, to the Dales

We’ll continue our work with tenant farmers who are already looking into different farming models. By moving to light and extensive grazing systems with traditional native hardy breeds of cattle that don’t need to be housed over winter.

Planting native species

Wooded upland valley in Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales © National Trust Images

Wooded upland valley in Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales

Planting native trees and shrubs in more areas will help some of the seriously declining species of birds as well as a wide variety of invertebrates and small mammals. With more places to live, they can move around to survive changes in climate.

Repairing blanket bogs

With your help we'll be repairing peat bogs in the Dales © National Trust Images

With your help we'll be repairing peat bogs in the Dales

Restoring and combating erosion of the blanket bogs is crucial to this project. These natural bogs regulate water entering the river systems and act as carbon sinks, with carbon dioxide emission savings equivalent to over five million miles of travel.

How you can help

  • £25 will pay for the planting and protection of five native tree species
  • £80 will enable us to fence 10m of riverside
  • £100 will help restore 200sqm of eroded blanket bog
  • £250 will help us to buy a Longhorn, Galloway or Highland cow

Ring ouzel

Ring ouzels are in serious decline, we're working to halt this © N.E.Wildlife

Ring ouzels are in serious decline, we're working to halt this

The ring ouzel has suffered serious decline in the UK. It nests in rocky valley sides, generally under heather or bracken. Our work will produce taller vegetation with patchy tree and shrub cover that will be of real benefit to this species.

Juniper

Juniper and birch regeneration on the Dales © National Trust Images

Juniper and birch regeneration on the Dales

In more natural systems, juniper scrub tends to be a pioneer community in woodland clearings and would have been common across the Yorkshire Dales, supporting a range of insect and bird species.

Red squirrel

The Dales provide a habitat for endangered red squirrels © National Trust Images

The Dales provide a habitat for endangered red squirrels

There are thought to be only about 3,000 red squirrels left in England versus roughly 2.5 million grey squirrels across the UK. There is an important red squirrel reserve close to the land we protect in the Dales.

Northern brown argus butterfly

We hope to accelerate this butterfly's recovery in the Dales © northeastwildlife.co.uk

We hope to accelerate this butterfly's recovery in the Dales

This species is starting to make a recovery in the Dales. However, we want to do much more for it, and the host of other species, that benefit from the naturalistic patchwork of taller grassland and areas of scrub that we’re hoping to achieve.

Yorkshire Dales prize draw winners

Seven lucky supporters have won a special guided walk in the Yorkshire Dales: Mrs J Craig, N. Yorkshire, Mr J Cox, Camforth, Mr G Brown, N. Yorkshire, Mr R Davis, Merseyside, Mr D Mainz, N. Yorkshire, Mrs A Lowe, W. Yorkshire, Mr D Terry, Worcestershire.