Wildlife and Nature Reserves in Yorkshire

Red Squirrel

Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail

The Snaizeholme red squirrel viewing area lies in the heart of the Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and local landowners have created the red squirrel viewing area for the public at Snaizeholme, so you can see them in the wild.

Bittern at a Yorkshire RSPB reserve

RSPB in Yorkshire

Coastland and wetand RSPB reserves in Yorkshire are home to a wide range of species, including unique and rare bird sightings.

Butterfly on flower.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust looks after over 100 nature reserves across Yorkshire, providing a wide range of protected ecosystems for wildlife and plant species.

Boardwalk and wetlands at Foxglove Covert

Foxglove Covert

Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve covers 100 acres and has a remarkable mix of habitats and species. The reserve contains semi-natural woodland, heathland, flower-rich grassland, streams, ponds, a lake, willow and alder carr, coniferous woodlands and wet meadows.

Fox at Tophill Low Reserve

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Located north of Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Tophill Low Nature reserve is an active Yorkshire Water treatment works built in 1959. It formally opened as a nature reserve in 1993 and features 12 hides spread across a 300 acre site that flanks the river Hull.

Marsden Moor at Sunset.

Marsden Moor

Marsden Moor covers over 5000 acres of moorland. Fantastic place for a walk and to spend time with nature, the area also has historical significance with finds dating back to pre-historic man.

potteric carr nature reserve lake and hide

Potteric Carr

Potteric Carr is a wild oasis just waiting to be explored. Now nestling between motorway and railway, it's a remnant of the vast fenland that once stretched all the way across the Humber basin to the coast.

Greno woods in Sheffield

Wild Sheffield Reserves

From meadows and reedbeds to woodlands and beaches, nature reserves are protected places where wildlife can live and ultimately thrive. Our nature reserves in Sheffield and Rotherham are managed by our dedicated conservation teams. We protect, restore and create a mix of habitats where wildlife can flourish.

Outside of the Living Seas Centre

Living Seas Centre

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Seas Centre is a marine education hub, located right on the coast, where we inspire and enthuse people about the wonderful marine life we find off the Yorkshire coast. This purpose built Visitor Centre is at South Landing, Flamborough.

Coot at Fairburn ings

Rodley Nature Reserve

Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area. Created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley, a recognised ‘flyway’ for wildfowl and waders on migration, the wetland habitats constructed here complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.