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Lady’s slipper orchid Credit: Ken Readshaw


There are thousands of species – distinct kinds of living organisms – alive today in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Park is very fortunate to be home to some special and iconic ones, such as Red Squirrel and Lady’s Slipper Orchid, which are rare elsewhere in England.

The Nature Recovery Plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park identifies a suite of species of conservation importance in the Dales, which includes 40 ‘Category 1 Species’, requiring bespoke conservation action above and beyond habitat / site management.

Working with farmers and landowners to achieve and maintain populations of priority species in the National Park is one of the objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.

In this section you will find information about some of these important species and others that can be found in the Dales, and what is being done to maintain thriving species populations.

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