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Brown Hare Credit: Robert McEwan

Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Forum

Nature in the Dales is the website of the Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Forum, hosted and developed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

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.’

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.

Catherine Mercer

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust


Chris Alder

Upper Wharfedale Field Society

Chris Jones

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds


Deborah Millward

Yoredale Natural History Society


Fran Graham

National Trust

Geoff Garrett

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


Gordon Haycock

Wharfedale Naturalists


Graham Jackson-Pitt

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Helen Keep

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Ian McPherson

Ian McPherson

YDNPA Member Champion Natural Environment


Jack Hirst

Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust

John Lamb

Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Kathryn Lillistone

Environment Agency

Matthew Snelling

Yorkshire Peat Partnership


Peter Welsh

Independent Rep

(Forum Chair)

Pippa Merricks

Natural England

Tony Serjeant

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Contact us

For more information please contact the Forum Secretariat at