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Lady’s Slipper Orchid Credit: Robin Graham


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 Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Action Plan identifies a suite of ‘Priority Species’ that have important populations in the Dales and which it is important to conserve. The Plan includes detailed Species Action Plans for many of these.

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 the ‘Priority Species’ and others that can be found in the Dales and what is being done to maintain thriving species populations.

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