Rescuing the Yorkshire Dales’ iconic wildflower meadows, UK

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) aims to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.

Wildflower meadows are one of the UK’s rarest and most threatened habitats, with over 97% lost since the 1930s. Nearly 1,400 insect species rely on them as well as the threatened bilberry bumblebees, lapwings, curlews, hares and bats. Meadows are crucial in addressing biodiversity loss and climate change with one hectare of meadow storing an estimated three tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. Restoring a meadow can take several years, but with EOCA’s help, YDMT will study, restore and celebrate the last remaining wildflower meadows. This project will rescue 60 hectares of habitat and boost the biodiversity of our previously restored meadows by introducing rarer species such as globeflower and melancholy thistle. Vital habitat restoration and citizen science work will run alongside a training programme for farmers and communities, as well as guided walks to inspire outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the wild beauty of meadows.

With many thanks to EOCA member OSPREY, which raised money for this project from its Green Friday event during November 2023!