Yorkshire cyclist to visit every nature reserve in just two weeks

A Yorkshire Wildlife Trust member has pledged to cycle to all of our nature reserves, raising money along the way.

Jonathan Emberton from Calderdale is a member of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and a keen cyclist. On retiring he decided he wanted to challenge himself to the epic task - over 1000km of cycling - because he supports conservation of wildlife and wild places.

As a keen cyclist, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust member and orienteer this seems like the ideal challenge to try to put something back for an organisation I think does wonderful work for our wildlife and wild places. As I undertake the journey, I want to get a sense of the diversity and richness of all of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s reserves and to pass these impressions on to as many people as possible.

Jonathan begins his journey on Monday 30th September at his local nature reserve Broadhead Clough in Mytholmroyd, where he also plans to finish in just two weeks’ time

On his JustGiving page, where he will be posting regular updates of his nature reserve tour, Jonathan says he is doing this fundraising challenge because he wants to “support the vital work Yorkshire Wildlife Trust does in conservation, education and in the promotion of the county's wildlife and wild places.”

Jonathan Emberton on his bike
“We were absolutely thrilled to hear of Jonathan’s incredible fundraising plans, and are so grateful that he has chosen us as the charity to support. We are immensely proud of all of our nature reserves; they are incredibly special places, not just for wildlife but for people too. They require regular management to keep them as safe havens for our beloved wildlife – and as a charity we rely on members and supporters like Jonathan to help us to do this.”
Amanda Spivack
Director of Fundraising and Engagement

Jonathan also wishes to “highlight the diversity and richness of the landscapes” he will cycle through, and is planning on travelling largely on National Cycle Network routes and staying in youth hostels “to promote their important role in enabling access to the outdoor environment.”

If you’d like to support Jonathan, you can donate on his JustGiving page.

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