Nature Trail

This trail is all about getting back in touch with your primal side. It's lying in a wildflower meadow listening to the hum of bees. It's walking under the baking sun and pouring rain. It's survival skills and sustainability. It's the secret glimpse of deer on a quiet summer morning. It's feeling ALIVE! 

Here in Yorkshire there are so many wonderful landscapes which are home to so much fascinating wildlife! On this trail your world will be opened up to the ancient arts of bushcraft, foraging, dry stone walling, habitat management, organic gardening and permaculture. Your desire to improve and protect the natural world can be satisfied by participation in beach cleans and citizen science.  We want you to be able to share what you've experienced, and understand the workings of nature around you, so take a look at our Wildlife ID Page for more info. Below, we've narrowed down some of the best opportunities to step outside your comfort zone and learn about self-sufficiency, wildlife and low-impact living. You can also check out our Events Page to find other one-off activities over the summer. 

Yorkshire wildlife trust looks after over 100 amazing nature reserves across Yorkshire. 

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserves

Yorkshire wide

In the ancient oak woodland and rolling parkland of Duncombe Park  there are over 40 aviaries containing species from tiny Burrowing Owls to huge Steller’s Sea Eagles.
A team of trained birds flies every day for our visitors.
There is full disabled access and a cafe on site

national centre for birds of prey

Helmsley (section e/F)

The beautiful Aysgarth falls are one not to miss. The clean water of the River Ure is home to creatures including white clawed cray fish and the recently reintroduced dormice are thriving! It's very easy to find from the visitor centre and there's even a café for a post-waterfall cake

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth (Section I)

This reserve is part of the coastal path which links Bridlington with Filey! The cliffs are teeming with birds in the summer months.

Bird watching 

bempton cliffs (section A)

Both Boggle Hole and South Landing have an incredible array of marine life on their rocky shores. Enjoy the splendour!


boggle hole and south landing (section c)

Did you know that you can spot whales, seals and dolphins off the Yorkshire coast?

Whale/dolphin/seal Watch

Whitby (section c)

An impressive historic house, gardens, and park with loads to see and do - from waymarked walks and discovery trails in the woodlands, meadows, and river valley of the parkland to the yew walk and conservatory of the gardens.

Duncombe Park and Nature Reserve

Helmsley (section e/F)

This is an amazing site with tarn and bog has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the amazing species and habitats found here. There's a boardwalk surrounding the tarn making it easy to have a wander. 

Malham Tarn

Malham (section K/L)

A fantastic opportunity offered by the RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority who run a viewpoint so you can catch these impressive hunting birds in action. We recommend checking before you go because they're open seasonally!

Peregrine Falcons 

Malham Cove (section k/L)

With red squirrels, pygmy goats, alpacas, angora goats, a honey bee discovery centre and much more this is one for the animal lovers. There's also a butterfly garden, beautiful spring, and cafe. A perfect day out!

Kilnsey Park

Kilnsey (section K)

A great place to head to for all the info about the local area.

Reeth National Park Centre

Reeth (section h/I)

This 18th century landscaped gardens is a National Trust site with lots going on. Check out their site for info about their events like wildlife walks, evening solstice picnics and more.

Rievaulx Terrace

rievaulx (section F/G)

Go on the Taste of the Wild Woodland Foraging with the Wild Woodsmen and learn to safely forage in woodlands.

Learn how to forage

Scarborough (section b/c)

The Lost in the wild- Shelter and Survival from The wilds Woodsmen is a 24 hour course that will teach you all  about surviving in the wild!

Shelters, Fires and Navigation

Scarborough (section b/c)

Get hands-on experience on organic farms, gardens and smallholdings all offering food, accommodation and learning in exchange for help on the land.

world wide opportunities on organic farms

However much time you have, or wherever your skills lie, there are many ways in which you can help.

safeguard habitats and species for future generations

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volunteering, working and cultural exchange

Aim to provide a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to explore and experience the North York Moors throughout the seasons. 

Conservation volunteering

Beach cleans are organised up and down the coast. Keep your eye out for events so you can get involved.

help save marine life by clearing plastic from our beaches

HelpX is an online listing of host  lodges, B&Bs, farms, hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

volunteering, working and cultural exchange

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