List of YWT Nature Reserves (A-Z)


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Thank you!

All of these organisations have enjoyed a rewarding corporate workday with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - and we'd like to say thank you!

Ernst & Young team up with Barclays at Stirley Community Farm

In October 2014, volunteers from Ernst & Young and Barclays helped build a new seating area at Stirley Community Farm, as well as building new fencing and a new planter. They also helped with the experimental puddling of the ponds - stamping down the clay to make a watertight 'liner'.

Yorkshire Water help complete the Upper Aire Floodplain Project

After a workday last August to help kick start the Upper Aire Floodplain Project, the same team from Yorkshire Water joined Don Vine in September 2014 to help carry out the last bit of fencing work to help protect the fragile river bank from over grazing and erosion.

University of Leeds help out at Ledston Luck Nature Reserve

Thanks to the team of volunteers from the University of Leeds who came out to help build natural fences at Ledston Luck Nature Reserve (Leeds) in February 2014.

Photo credit: Mark Ball

Amazon plant trees at Potteric Carr

Thanks to the team of volunteers from Amazon who came out to help plant trees at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in February 2014.

Barclays plant a new hedge at Letchmire Pastures

Thanks to the team of volunteers from Barclays who came out over the course of a week in February 2014 to plant a new hedge that stretches half way around Letchmire Pasture Nature Reserve.

Haytime at Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve

Residents in central Leeds can look forward to a blooming summer next year after local companies took part in a traditional hay rake at Kirkstall Valley, one of Leeds’ best urban nature reserves during October 2013.

Staff from The University of Leeds, CBRE Ltd and Turner and Townsend, plus members of the Leeds Home Educators and trainees from TCV, picked up their hay rakes to help with the annual hay cut at Kirkstall Valley in central Leeds. The nature reserve, which lies on the site of the former Kirkstall Valley Power Station, is owned and cared for by local charity Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Photo shows staff from CBRE Ltd working together (Credit Sam Frankland)

Santander staff help out at Rothwell Country Park

A team of staff from Santander spent a day at Rothwell Country Park in September to help care for the habitats and pathways on this large nature reserve.

Barclays Bank Plc staff don their wellies and get stuck in at Rothwell Country Park

A team of Barclays Bank Plc employees spent a day in September with Kara, the Lower Aire Valley Field Officer, to clear the ponds and to carry out some tree felling to help the woodlands.

Hands Up for Yorkshire Water

A team of staff from Yorkshire Water spent a busy day in August carrying out fencing work at one of the Upper Aire River project locations. The team helped to kick start Conservation Officer Don Vine's new project which is focussed around the Upper Aire. The fencing will protect new wet woodland which is due to be planted later in the year.

The York Floodplains Project gets a balsam boost from the Environment Agency

A team of Environment Agency staff spent a day in July pulling Himalayan balsam at one of the York Floodplain  Project sites in Bishopthorpe, York. These floodplains along the River Ouse are the only spots in the UK where you can find the beautiful tansy beetle.


Carillion Construction Ltd staff lend a hand at Staveley, near Boroughbridge

A team of staff members from Carillion Construction Ltd spent a day helping to tackle Himalayan balsam growing on Staveley Nature Reserve in July 2013.  Himalyan balsam is a non-native invasive species that, if left uncontrolled, quickly spreads along our waterways and outcompetes native wildflowers.

HSBC Bank Plc staff help out at Waterhaigh Woodland Park, Leeds

Staff from HSBC Bank Plc took part in a corporate workday to create a footbridge at Waterhaigh Woodland Park nature reserve (Leeds) in June 2013. Working alongside the Trust's Field Officer the team put their carpentry skills to the test and finished off the day with a footbridge to be proud of!

Wheldrake's Pool Hide and Swallowtail Hide are once again open thanks to the efforts of corporate volunteers

Staff members from HSBC Bank Plc, Barclays Bank Plc and Drax Group Plc, along with our BW volunteer group, worked throughout April, May and June 2013 to repair the bridge which leads to Pool Hide and the boardwalk which takes visitors into the heart of Wheldrake Nature Reserve (York).