Yorkshire Dales appeal
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’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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Donate and win in our prize draw
The prize draw has now closed. If you are one of the seven lucky winners you will be contacted by phone or in writing and a list of winners will be available on the website from 1 August 2014.