Wildlife and farming

Many of our most iconic wildlife species have adapted to habitats maintained by traditional farming practices. Farm management over generations has provided what these species need to survive. Retaining this skill and knowledge will be crucial to secure the future of our most cherished upland wildlife.

Safeguarding wildlife through sustainable farming

The plaintive cry of the curlew in spring, hay meadows rich in wild flowers, and purple moorland at the summer’s end are all still familiar sights across Upper Nidderdale. The Landscape Partnership is working closely with farmers and land managers to ensure a sustainable future for upland farming that will mean this wildlife is safeguarded for the future.

Hill farming »

Upland farming has adapted over many generations to the harsh conditions found in Nidderdale - today's farmers work hard to produce food while looking after the beautiful landscape they work in

Farm advice »

Farm advice Whole Farm Plans is an exciting innovative project that shows farmers how conservation of wildlife and cultural heritage...

Upland bird habitat »

Upland bird habitat The rough damp tussocky pastures produced by extensive traditional management provide perfect nesting and chick rearing habitat...

Sand martin wall »

Sand martin wall In 2014 we completed work on an artificial sand martin nesting wall at Gouthwaite reservoir. The wall...

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