List of YWT Nature Reserves (A-Z)


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The Trust cares for 104 nature reserves which come in all shapes and sizes. The area of land we look after is just over 3,000 hectares! Here we have suggested some great days out on nine of our most popular nature reserves. So in no particular order...

 Potteric Carr

Famous for its wetland birds including bittern and marsh harrier, Potteric Carr in Doncaster offers a full day out with miles of paths, a cafe, onsite teaching room and plenty of events each year.


This unique peninsula near Kilnsea is one of the best sites in the country to observe bird migration. It's worth the journey to take in the views, explore the sand dunes and take part in the regular Spurn Safaris down the Point.

Flamborough Cliffs

Visit between mid May and mid July to see tens of thousands of breeding seabirds. It's the best place to see puffins in Yorkshire. Make a day of it and combine with a visit to the nearby Living Seas Centre or walk around the headland.


Upper Park Wood

This woodland near Huddersfield offers fantastic views of Last of the Summer Wine country. Couple with an event at nearby Stirley Community Farm for a great day out.

Staveley Nature Reserve

A supurb wetland site near Boroughbridge where otters and kingfishers are regularly seen. Paths and viewing hides help you make the most out of a visit at any time of year.


Perched high on the side on Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, the open limestone pavement is a truly fascinating site. Walkers will enjoy the challenge of heading onwards to the summit of Ingleborough.


North Cave Wetlands

Developed in the footprint of a sand and gravel quarry, over 200 species of bird have been recorded at this site near Hull. Don't miss a visit to the Wildlife Cafe, which is open every day. This site is expanding as adjacent land is being quarried, so is a fascinating case study of how quickly wildlife colonises an area. 

Grass Wood

One of the largest broadleaved woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales, this woodland near Grassington is a great place to visit all year round, with woodland flowers and the dawn chorus, fungi and changing leaves a special treat in spring and autumn.

 Wheldrake Ings

A traditional floodplain haymeadow near York, Wheldrake Ings is a wonderful site to spot winter waders, whimbrels in spring and wildflowers in summer. It has been managed in a traditional way for centuries, in line with the seasons.