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Wading birds need landowners' help
Lapwing. Copyright RSPB/PA
The population of wading birds is declining across the country

Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the RSPB are urging landowners to create new habitats for breeding wading birds.

Curlews and lapwings are under threat with populations declining across the country.

A free event has been organised to show landowners how they can manage the land to benefit wading birds.

A short walk and practical demonstrations will be included in the event on November 10.

People attending the event in November will discover more about the type of habitat needed to support breeding wading birds and the practical steps that can be taken such as the creation of scrapes, rush management and weed wiping.

Colin Slator, AONB Ranger said:

"The event is a great opportunity for landowners to find out how they can take small practical steps which will help protect some of our favourite birds.

"There will be practical demonstrations by local contractors on creating suitable conditions for wading birds."

Curlew in flight. Copyright Brian Irving
Landowners are urged to manage their land to encourage birds to breed


The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of Britain's finest landscapes. It covers 233 square miles of North Yorkshire.

The central feature of the AONB is the long majestic dale of the Nidd, running from the wild fells around Great Whernside, south and east towards the Vale of York.

It was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Government in 1994.

For more information about the event please contact the AONB Office on 01423 712950 or email them.

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