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 - David Tolcher; Beauty - Paul Harris


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Friends of Nidderdale AONB Annual Meeting

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Latest news

  • Persecution of Birds of Prey in North Yorkshire

    The RSPB’s 2016 Birdcrime report published this week focuses on illegal persecution of birds of prey in the uplands, with North Yorkshire at the top of the list. Many cases have been reported in Nidderdale AONB in recent years - Councillor Nigel Simms, Chair of the AONB’s Joint Advisory...

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  • Take a ‘wander’ in a wildlife wonderland!

    What owl shrieks, hisses and snores rather than hoots? What on earth do moths have in common with hawks, hummingbirds or elephants? An upcoming series of free monthly talks in and around Nidderdale by The Wild Watch will aim to reveal all and reinvigorate a sense of wonder in the natural...

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