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Curlew Curlew on drystone wall - Credit: Whitfield Benson

C2 – Priority species

How are we doing on this objective

Work with farmers and landowners to achieve and maintain stable or increasing populations for 90% of ‘priority species‘ by 2026, including the UK ‘red-listed’ upland birds — Black Grouse; Curlew; Hen Harrier; Lapwing; Merlin; Skylark; and Yellow Wagtail — for which the National Park is renowned, and those of international importance.

‘Priority species’ are species listed in the Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Action Plan (2011).

Progress: Most recent figure is 81% (2016). Updated figures not available until 2020 Trends and Status Report (March 2021).

Rationale: Of the 59 nationally-important species for which trend data is available, 48 (81%) currently have populations that are stable or increasing.  The importance of the National Park is highlighted by the fact that it holds stable or increasing populations of 4 of the 7 nationally red-listed species named above.

Lead partner:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Supporting partners:  Natural England; Forestry Commission; Environment Agency; Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership; People’s Trust for Endangered Species; RSPB;  British Association for Shooting and Conservation;        

Further information:  YDNPA -Species

Cost over 5 years:  £500,000 [YDNPA costs.  Excludes agri-environment etc]

Funding shortfall

Related objectives: A1; A8; C1; C5; D1; D2; D3; D7; E4

Ecosystem services:  Biodiversity; Tranquillity; Sense of place and inspiration; Recreation; Pollination


Baseline: 81% of priority species for which data are available are stable or increasing (2016 Trends and Status Report).

‘State of the Park’ indicator – YES