Yorkshire Dales

Walker on the Pennine Way, Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walker on the Pennine Way, Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Dales you see today have been shaped by human intervention over hundreds of years. Many native species have been lost and others are threatened. And heavy grazing and woodland clearance has left the land bare and uniform.

We need your help to bring nature back to the Dales. We'll be planting native species to create better habitats for threatened species like red squirrels, ring ouzel and black grouse. We'll also be working with our tenant farmers to bring back traditional native breeds of cattle.

Threatened species that need your help

  • Red squirrel on a tree 

     There are fewer than 3,000 red squirrels left in the UK, including some here in the Dales

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     The ring ouzel has suffered serious decline in the UK

  • Brown Argus Butterfly © Valerie Martin

     The Northern Brown Argus butterfly is starting to making a comeback in the Dales

  • Juniper and birch regeneration on the Yorkshire Dales © National Trust Images

     Juniper scrub was once common across the Dales, supporting lots of bugs and birds

  • Juniper and birch regeneration on the Yorkshire Dales © National Trust Images

     The twite used to be a common resident of the Dales

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     Black grouse flourishing will be a good indicator that our work's succeeding

Ways of giving

Here at the National Trust we're working hard all year round across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to preserve our rich built and natural heritage for future generations. We couldn't do it without people like you.

Saving a masterpiece

'The Procession to Calvary' by Breughel is the star attraction at Nostell Priory, and thanks to your donations, we have now been able to ensure that it can now be cared for and enjoyed.

For ever, for everyone

Our national fundraising appeal 'For ever, for everyone' is about making our places more sustainable through using less fossil fuel and more renewable energy. One of Yorkshire's favourite places has already benefited.