Who we are

Yorkshire is renowned for iconic landscapes and superb wildlife. From the puffins of Flamborough Cliffs, to orchid-filled limestone grasslands at Brockadale Nature Reserve there are many breath taking sights to lift the spirit.

Sadly, much of Yorkshire’s wildlife is declining at an alarming rate. The impacts of changing land use, poorly-planned development, climate change, pollution and a growing population put more and more pressure on our beautiful countryside and the wildlife that shares it with us.

With your support, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will commit to halting the losses and improving the fortunes of our beloved wildlife.

With a track record of over sixty years, we have many successes under our belt and with your support we look forward to celebrating a brighter future for Yorkshire’s wildlife.


The Earl Peel GCVO DL

Mr Stephen Martin

Mr Paul Sykes

Living Landscapes: a vision for Yorkshire's wildlife

Our nature reserves provide a much needed sanctuary for Yorkshire's wildlife. But we go further than that, working Yorkshire-wide to make sure our wild spaces are connected, giving wildlife freedom to move and flourish in an ever changing world. We call this concept Living Landscapes.

At the heart of Living Landscapes is you. We want people to rediscover and reconnect with the nature around them, whether you like an afternoon river walk or a picnic in the forest, bird watching, butterfly spotting or finding that elusive orchid.

Living Seas: life beneath the waves

Yorkshire's seas are home to internationally important wildlife. Flamborough Cliffs teems with breeding seabirds such as puffins, razorbills and kittiwakes, whilst at Spurn the glorious mud of the intertidal zone provides habitats for a myriad of creatures including tens of thousands of wading birds.

Beneath the waves hidden treasures can be found, with colourful sponges, kelp beds and sea squirts rivalling any tropical reef. White-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and minke whales move offshore and are a treat for the wildlife watcher.

Inspiring People

From Yorkshire's youngest inhabitants upwards, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust engages with a whole range of different people, whether taking school children pond dipping at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, or talking to a local Women's Institute about the best places to enjoy Yorkshire's wildlife.