Harland Mount Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationAs the A170 Pickering road descends into Scarborough, you pass the Jacobs Mount Caravan Park on the right. Descend through the wood and then pull into House Cliff Lane on the right just past the first house. There is room for a couple of cars here, but p
Grazing animalsGrazed in spring and autumn
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to September
In the past this acid grassland has seen some improvement but now the pasture at Harland Mount Nature Reserve is managed by traditional methods to restore it to the species rich grassland it once would have been.
There are currently few rarities on site, but interesting and attractive species include ox-eye daisy and common knapweed flourish. The nature reserve is worth a visit simply for its unspoilt nature, as well as to take in the magnificent views afforded here.
The steeply sloping woodland bisects the meadows and is primarily a dense mix of ash, oak, elder and hawthorn. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust currently thins out the woodland to allow ferns and other flora to colonise more of the ground, making the most of the newly created lighter conditions. Bluebell, primrose and dog violet grow on the banks below the woodland.
There is a small dew-pond in the upper field that has long been dry and offers potential restoration in the future.
- Spring: Plants - Bluebell; Primrose; Birds - Whitethroat; Willow warbler
- Summer: Plants - Dog violet; Ox-eye daisy; Invertebrates - Grasshoppers
- Autumn: Fungi
- Winter: Mammals; Roe deer
Nearest train station is Scarborough. Buses run from Scarborough to Jacobs Mount next to the site.
The nature reserve is situated just off the A170 out of Scarborough, next to Jacob’s Mount Caravan Park. There is space for three cars in the lay-by off the A170, but please do not block the lane. Follow the lane to access the site. Nearest facilities are in Scarborough town centre.