Nature conservation

Nature conservation is 'the protection and enhancement of wildlife and wild places'.

We aim to:

  • secure a better future for wildlife
  • improve people's understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of wildlife

To do this we:

  • work with local, regional and national organisations
  • encourage landowners to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and wildlife on their land
  • provide advice to York residents on grants related to the rural and natural environment
  • give guidance to councillors on wildlife and nature conservation
  • provide advice to schools, land owners and farmers
  • provide advice on land management
  • assess planning applications egarding nature conservation and protected species
  • develop ature conservation policies or York
  • establish and review the current state of wildlife in York
  • ensure key sites are protected within the framework of existing legislation
  • implement the hedgerow regulations
  • provide information and advice with regard to trees and woodlands within York
  • provide information about local countryside events
  • work with voluntary conservation groups and training organisations
  • manage public rights of way
  • manage land specifically for wildlife and local nature reserves

Creation of nature conservation areas

If you're a community group, a school, a farmer or a landowner we can advise you on creating nature conservation areas and how to manage existing areas. Financial support may also be available for nature and landscape conservation schemes.

Also see

  • OnePlanetYork - protecting and enhancing York's green spaces and wildlife
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