Local Wildlife Sites

This is a list of sites which are of wildlife interest at any time of the year. Some are of general interest, others are more specific.  The OS map reference generally points to a car park – or a place where you can usually park a car!  Please be thoughtful – never block farm gates.

HARROGATE AND KNARESBOROUGH AREA

1. The Valley Gardens, the Pinewoods and Birk Crag – birds, botany and butterflies.

RHS Harlow Carr SE281541             Birk Crag SE 281551

2. Hookstone Woods – birds, botany, dragonflies.

SE 322543

3. Bilton railway line, Nidd Gorge – birds, botany.

SE 314576

4. Haverah Park, John o’ Gaunt’s and Beaver Dyke Reservoirs – birds, botany, butterflies

SE 215552(opposite Cricket Club at Beckwithshaw)

5. Hay-a-Park Gravel Pit – birds, botany, butterflies, dragonflies.

SE 365576

6. Staveley Nature Reserve YWT – general.

SE 370630

7. Copgrove Lakes – birds

SE 346632

8. Burton Leonard Quarry YWT – botany, butterflies

SE 323631

9. Bishop Monkton Railway cutting YWT – botany and butterflies

SE 314662

10. Farnham Gravel Pit – this is a private site for HDNS members only – general.

RIPON AREA

1. Quarry Moor – birds, botany, butterflies

SE 309693

2. Studley Park and Fountains Abbey – birds, mammals, botany, butterflies

SE 270681

3. Brimham Rocks – birds, botany

SE 208648

4. Nosterfield Nature Reserve – general

SE 278796

5. Marfield Nature Reserve – birds

SE 221818

THE DALES

1. Glasshouses Dam – birds

SE 171643

2. Gouthwaite Reservoir – waterfowl, waders and raptors on adjacent moors

SE 123698

3. Scar House and Angram Reservoirs – birds

SE 069765

4. Lofthouse, Pateley, Dallowgill and Fountains Earth Moors – birds (Red Grouse, Golden Plover, waders, raptors, Ring Ouzel), butterflies

5. Leighton and Roundhill Reservoirs – waterfowl, waders and raptors on adjacent moors

SE 161791                   SE 151775

6. Colsterdale – birds

SE 135814


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