You can enjoy one of the ‘natural jewels in nature’s crown’ next week.
Skipwith Common is a National Nature Reserve (NNR) between York and Selby.
As part of the Festival of National Nature Reserves, marking the 70th anniversary of the first ever NNR, free guided tours of the common are being staged.
The 274-hectare Skipwith Common is owned and managed by Escrick Park Estate, in partnership with Natural England and a team of dedicated volunteers, the Friends of Skipwith Common.
Mark Hewitt, Escrick Park Estate’s conservation officer, said: “NNRs are known as ‘outdoor laboratories’ and can help us understand more about the importance of nature conservation, especially as we face the dual threat of climate change and a biodiversity crisis.
“Skipwith Common is an excellent example of how Estates such as Escrick can play a leading role in helping preserve and enhance our country’s natural assets for the benefit of both people and nature.”
Beilby Forbes Adam, of Escrick Park Estate said: “We are taking practical steps to deliver the aims of the national 25-Year Environment Plan which include clean air and water, thriving plants and wildlife, tackling and adapting to climate change, and engagement with the environment.”
The walks are:
- Saturday 22 October 10.30am to 12.30pm: Meet at King Rudding Lane car park, off the A19 near Riccall
- Sunday 23 October 10.30am to 12.30pm: Meet at Sandy Lane car park
Places are limited to 20 people per walk so booking is essential via the estate website.