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Nature Reserves & Natural Attractions in Yorkshire

With two National Parks to call her own and several areas of outstanding natural beauty, Yorkshire can lay claim to some stunning scenery and natural formations and attractions. A wide variety of fauna and flora call these areas home, supported by many local and regional wildlife protection areas Yorkshire is a must visit for any nature fan.


East Yorkshire

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Situated on the East Yorkshire Coast Bempton Cliffs is one of the best places in the UK to see seabirds. The RSPB reserve, located just to the North of Bridlington, is characterised by towering chalk cliffs which are home to over 200,000 birds between April and August. Species including kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets and fulmars nest on the sheer cliffs, a firm family favourite are the puffins who call the cliffs home between April and July.

South Yorkshire

RSPB Old Moor

Located in the Dearne Valley the wetlands and wild flower meadows of RSPB Old Moor offer a wide range of bird spotting opportunities throughout the year. Bittern and Kingfisher are among the reserves highlights. With a family hide, family friendly activities and wildlife discovery backpacks Old Moor is also very friendly to younger visitors.

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is the flagship reserve of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The reserve is over 200 hectares and has over 8km of walking trails, many of which are accessible by wheelchair and with pushchairs. There are several way marked trails with points of interest and viewing hides along the way.

Thrybergh Country Park

Thrybergh Country Park and resevoir are a nature reserve with over 170 species of wildflowers and plants, 155 species of birds, and 20 species of mammals in the area. The park has two bird viewing hides and is a popular roosting and feeding site for migratory birds.

West Yorkshire

Otley Chevin Forest Park

The Chevin Forest Park is a designated nature reserve and outdoor playground! Wit variety of walking trails, mountain bike routes, two permanent orienteering courses and several geocache sites.

Yorkshire Dales

Kilnsey Park

The Kilnsey Park offers a fun and informative day out for all the family with plenty of new experiences to try. Situated in Wharfedale, between the villages of Grassington and Kettlewell, the estate offers nature, fishing and great Yorkshire food in a stunning setting.

Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn and Moor are managed by the National Trust, the tarn is the highest lake in England, and the area is popular with hikers, climbers, cyclists and bird-watchers. It is also the site of a National Nature Reserve