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Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Forum

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Our Vision

The Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Forum’s vision is ‘To promote biodiversity conservation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and to encourage greater understanding and involvement of people in looking after their natural environment.’ More detail about how this could be achieved by 2040 is contained in the Yorkshire Dales Nature Recovery Plan, which the Biodiversity Forum has produced in partnership with the National Park Authority, the Yorkshire Dales Farming and Land Management Forum and the Dales Woodland Forum.

What we do

The Forum meets quarterly, shares information and collaborates to support and coordinate biodiversity conservation within the National Park, for example providing advice and expertise to develop objectives for the National Park Management Plan.

Our members

The Forum has members representing a wide range of organisations and individuals who work and have an interest in biodiversity conservation in the area.


Peter Welsh

Independent Rep

(Forum Chair)

Graham Jackson-Pitt

Cumbria Wildlife Trust


Kathryn Lillistone

Environment Agency

Nancy Stedman

Friends of the Dales

John Lamb

Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Steve Carver

Leeds University

Elizabeth Sullivan

National Trust

Anne Readshaw

Natural England

Chris Jones

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Chris Alder

Upper Wharfedale Field Society



Gordon Haycock

Wharfedale Naturalists

Professor Jonathan Grey

Wild Trout Trust

Jack Hirst

Woodland Trust

Mark Corner

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Member Champion for the Natural Environment)

Helen Keep

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Senior Farm Conservation Advisor)

Lee Johnson

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Senior Trees & Woodlands Officer)

Tony Serjeant

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (Senior Wildlife Conservation Officer)

Ken Readshaw

Yoredale Natural History Society

Catherine Mercer

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust


Marie Taylor

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

Rosie Snowden

Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Graham Standring

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Contact us

For more information please contact the Forum Secretariat at