Sports and leisure

Nature conservation

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

As part of our conservation vision, we aim to:

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

To do this we:

  • work with local, regional and national organisations
  • encourage landowners to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of 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 regarding nature conservation and protected species
  • develop nature conservation policies for 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 regarding 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

We can advise you on creating nature conservation areas and managing existing areas if you're a:

  • community group
  • school
  • farmer or landowner

We may be able to offer financial support for nature and landscape conservation schemes.

Also see

Ecology and Countryside Officer

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551551