‘The Wild Watch’ is an exciting new project initiative based in Nidderdale AONB. It is currently in the development phase for Heritage Lottery funding. If we are successful:
- ‘The Wild Watch’ will enable people to play an active part in conserving Nidderdale’s natural heritage by helping them gather information that will be used to improve habitats for wildlife. The project will combine the power of citizen science, a dynamic partnership approach and the latest research to gather natural heritage records, reconnect communities to their local natural heritage and pioneer a new way of delivering conservation action on a landscape scale.
- ‘The Wild Watch’ will give conservation bodies, farmers and the wider community the information needed to begin to reverse the decline of species and habitats of conservation concern in the AONB.
Core partners comprise the University of Leeds, North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre and Nidderdale AONB. A steering group, which oversees project development and implementation, includes representatives of Wharfedale Naturalists, Harrogate Naturalists, Yorkshire Naturalists Union, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Nidderdale Plus, Natural England, Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council.