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New guide to York’s Wildlife Sites

Thursday 25th April 2019

Families, Walking, Cycling, Buses, Visiting York

City of York Council’s iTravel team has produced a new guide to wildlife sites across the city, each of which can be accessed using sustainable forms of transport.

City of York Council’s iTravel team has produced a new guide to wildlife sites across the city, each of which can be accessed using sustainable forms of transport.

The Wildlife Sites Around York guide can be downloaded from our website or picked up from some of the city’s Explore York Libaries and other information points. It offers an insight into the wide variety of species and habitats that can be found in and around the city, some of which are of national significance. For example, York is home to the endangered Tansy beetle, as well as almost ten per cent of the UK’s flower-rich, ancient, flood meadows. Otters and water voles can be found along the Rivers Ouse and Foss. York is also the site of the country’s most northerly example of extensive lowland heath at Strensall Common, and hosts internationally important populations of wetland birds in the Lower Derwent Valley.

Most of the sites featured in the guide can be reached using public transport, designated cycle routes or on foot. The bus services and other forms of sustainable transport that visitors can use to access each site are clearly highlighted, and there’s also an overview of the kind of habitat and type of wildlife you can expect to see there.

Duncan McIntrye, the council’s iTravel programme manager, said: “We’ve produced this informative guide to encourage people to visit the wonderful wildlife sites that we have around the city, which are of local, regional and, in some cases, national conservation importance. What’s more, they can all be accessed by bus, via a cycle route or on foot, or, in some cases, all three!”

The guide reminds visitors to follow The Countryside Code by taking litter home with them and keeping dogs under control, and also includes details of useful resources and contacts for those keen to learn more about York’s wildlife.