B-Lines Yorkshire

Yorkshire is exceptionally rich in biodiversity and supports large expanses of habitats of national and international importance. Many of the region’s wildflower-rich habitats are internationally important including the limestone habitats of the Yorkshire Dales, the floodplain meadows of the Lower Derwent Valley, the chalk grasslands of the Yorkshire Wolds and the upland hay meadows found in the Pennines.

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Yorkshire’s B-Lines

Yorkshire B-Lines were mapped in 2012, as part of a B-Lines pilot project supported by the Co-operative Group. Help and support was provided by a number of conservation organisations including Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North York Moors National Park, The Yorkshire Naturalists Union and Local Biodiversity Groups.

Yorkshire B-Lines network extends to c. 850km and includes an estimated 12,000 ha of existing wildflower-rich habitat within the network. Around 40% of the network already includes high concentrations of pollinator friendly habitat, however the remainder of the B-Lines has only small isolated fragments of habitat.

Making a B-Line for Yorkshire

We are working with people and organisations living, owning land or working within Yorkshire’s B-Lines to protect and enhance the habitats already present in the network, and then to link these habitats through the restoration and creation of additional wildflower-rich areas. In the long-term our aim is to link the large expanses of wildflower-rich meadows in the Lower Derwent Valley, through the Yorkshire Wold to the coast, while also creating links between the Moors and the Dales and then down towards the Peak District. In doing this we will work with land owners and farmers to create new wildflower areas, whilst also helping and encouraging local communities to develop pollinator friendly areas through villages and urban areas on the B-Lines, including major cities such as Leeds, Halifax and Sheffield. “Take part in creating our B-Lines” and find out more on our B-Lines FAQ.

Everyone who lives, works, owns land or goes to school on a B-Line can help, even if only in a small way. B-Lines began in Yorkshire so let’s make Yorkshire’s B-Lines the best in the country!!

Look at the project pages and partnership pages, to see some of the activity going on in Yorkshire and look at our map to see where we need to be doing more.

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