Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, in North Yorkshire, Nidderdale AONB is one of 46 AONBs in the UK. Between them they cover 18% of the UK’s finest countryside and are special places, worthy of protection.

This 600km2 of protected working landscape is a fantastic place to visit and explore. 

The special qualities of Nidderdale AONB are embedded in the working nature of the landscape, which supports a wide range of nationally and internationally important habitats and wildlife.

About 16,000 people live and work in Nidderdale AONB and the small AONB team is committed to working with local people and organisations to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area. Find out here about how to get involved in looking after Nidderdale AONB.


Home page images: Outstanding - Michael Bell, Ripon Photographic Society; Natural - Paul Harris; Beauty - David Tolcher


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What's on

Screen-free Sundays: Dragonflies, Bumblebees and Butterflies Summer Walk

A delightful short walk spotting and identifying butterflies, bees and dragonflies with expert...


Listening to Insects: The World of Bioacoustics

Expert Dr Dave Chesmore will help us uncover the secret lives of insects in a fascinating...


Surveying for Reptiles: Introduction

Join Dr Kelly Harmar for an introduction to the UK's reptile species. In the classroom session...


Introduction to Scything

Learn the techniques of using and sharpening a scythe for traditional meadow management with...


Latest news

  • What have we been up to? Our Annual Review for 2016/17

    26 hectares of hay meadow, 3719 volunteer hours, 15 moorland information boards and 70 planning consultations.

    These are just a few of the things that the staff at Nidderdale AONB supported and worked on in 2016/17. To find out more about our work in the last financial...

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  • Go wild this Summer!

    Go Wild this Summer!

    Nidderdale AONB’s new Wild Watch project is challenging the people of Nidderdale to get out into nature this summer and learn about the fantastic wildlife of the area.

    Regular contact with wildlife and the outdoors is a proven...

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