SDF has supported a wide range of projects that contribute to conserving and enhancing the rare and special wildlife of the National Park. A case study and some other recent examples feature below.
Squirrels get the X Factor
Red squirrels are settling into a new role as TV stars thanks to SDF funding.
The Wensleydale Red Squirrel Group has been given £2,100 to set up a video camera focussing on a feeder near a house in Appersett Ghyll that is owned by a Group volunteer.
The equipment will record live video footage of the animals and send it via the internet to a special 32” monitor in the free area of the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes so that visitors can watch them feeding in their natural environment.
After the first year, the annual running costs of about £1,000 will be met by the National Park Authority. Rangers and Dales Volunteers have helped with the installation and will supervise the project’s long-term management.
Other completed projects
- A series of practical control days and promotional/educational materials including mapping and surveying about invasive species in the River Lune catchment area that was overseen by the Lune Rivers Trust (£8,000)
- The production costs for a film about sites of special scientific interest in the National Park that was filmed by the local film maker Geoff Kerr (£4,000)
- The Rivers 2 U project included a series of educational events looking at rebalancing river bank erosion in the National Park that was managed by the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. It involved local schools and events at agricultural shows (£5,000)
And in the pipeline...
- A conservation project in the graveyard at All Saints Church in Orton that aims to retain heritage features and introduce nature conservation enhancement measures (£4,815)
- The installation of a Larinier fish pass at Broad Raine in Killington to ensure the existing fish population is able to swim upstream in the River Lune safely when the 50 kw community hydro scheme becomes operational (£16,000)
- Surveying and monitoring of red squirrels in Garsdale led by the local Red Squirrel Group. The data collected will contribute to future conservation and management of this protected species (£4,580)
- Raising awareness of swift conservation in the Sedbergh area through events, promotional materials and installations led by the local Community Swift Group (£4,760)