Stories in Stone
A Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project led by the Yorkshire Dales Milennium Trust to connect and coordinate the plans and actions of a range of public, private and community bodies to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique historical and natural elements of the Inglebrough Dales landscape.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust isl delivering part of the project known as 'Safeguarding Ingleborough's Wildlife Sites'.
The objectives are to work with volunteers, local farmers and local contractors to safeguard the Trust's reserves around Ingleborough, to improve access connectivity between the Trust's reserves and the surrounding Ingleborough landscape, and to train and work with local volunteers to establish long term monitoring of the wildlife present on the Trust's reserves.
As part of this project, the Trust will set up and open to the public Mealbank Quarry Nature Reserve on the edge of Ingleton - watch this space!
What we are doing
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is running monthly task days across the five nature reserves managed/owned by the Trust in and around the project area.
This will include activities such as stone walling at Southerscales, tree planting at Brae Pasture, willow clearance at Salt Lake Quarry and rush cutting at Ashes Pasture.
Species training days will be run through the project such as orchid identification and how to use a habitat mapping technique known as National Vegetation Classification.
Working with a local stone waller over 700m of stone wall will be repaired enabling the reserves to be grazed to enhance their botanical diversity.
Field gates at Brae are to be replaced to improve visitor access and also ensure that stock grazing the field are not accidentally released into the road.
To guide visitors around the Trust's reserves new interpretation signs have been installed to provide information on the ecological value of the site and also to highlight the presence of other reserves locally.
How you can help
Monthly task days will be running for the duration of the project. If you are interested and want to help please contact the volunteering team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01904 659570 who will take your details and keep you up to date.
Heritage Lottery Fund