The parks and open spaces across the district are a haven for wildlife, from the smallest insects to large birds and mammals.

Known as biodiversity, it's important to make sure their favoured habitats are protected and encouraged to enable the flora and fauna to thrive. This can be by planting the correct plants, such as nectar-rich wildflowers, or bedding plants with open flat flowers to allow access to the pollen. It can also be as simple as providing suitable habitats such as bird and bat boxes, log piles and insect hotels, or planting the right plants and trees according to the location.

In 2011,we adopted the biodiversity action plan which outlines ways to improve biodiversity.

We work with many local community-led groups to enhance the district for wildlife and biodiversity – some examples are featured on this page. Contact us if you'd like your project included on the list or would like to get involved with any of these groups.

You can find out more about biodiversity by contacting the Harrogate and district biodiversity action group.

Harrogate area

  • RHS Harlow Carr, Valley Gardens, Harrogate
    RHS Harlow Carr 60th Anniversary Biodiversity bed to encourage more variety of insects
  • Harrogate Borough Council, Valley Gardens, Harrogate behind the bandstand
    Annual and Perennial wildflower planting to provide nectar and pollen for pollinating insects. Examples include corn cockle, corn chamomile, corn marigold and poppy
  • Harrogate Borough Council, Valley Gardens Nectar Bar
    Designed by Paul Hervey-Brooks RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer specifically to encourage pollinating insects. Insect hotels were also added to create habitats for insects, willow insect sculptures enhance the design . Planting includes sedums, geraniums, salvias and anthemis
  • Friends of Rossett Nature Reserve, Rossett Nature Reserve
    Wildflower meadows and pond areas with newts. This group has regular working parties to ensure the area is maintained in a manner suitable to encourage biodiversity
  • Friends of Bachelors Field, Bachelors Field, Harrogate
    Recently created pond area, tree plantings and wildflower area to encourage a range of insects, birds and mammals to the area
  • Pinewoods Conservation Group, Pinewoods Woodland, Harrogate
    Recently planted wildflower meadow (increasing nectar), tree planting, bird and bat boxes
  • Harrogate Borough Council, Bilton Fields and Horseshoe Fields, Harrogate
    Grass mowing to allow for longer length to enable development of a variety of species
  • Harrogate Borough Council
    Bilton Triangle and Luchon Way Native tree planting, such as rowan, oak, holly, alder, hazel and birch
  • Harrogate in Bloom
    St Peters Church, Harrogate
    Specific planting for pollinators with long seasonal flowering. Including euphorbia, phlomis and allium
  • Harrogate Borough Council, The Stray
    Crocus planting annually
  • Harrogate and District Biodiversity Action Group, Ebor Rise, top of Valley Gardens, Harrogate
    Wildflower plug plants planting, also the production of leaflets relating to encouraging wildlife on allotments. Interpretation boards installed also
  • Starbeck in Bloom, Belmont Field
    Improvements to Addyman’s wood with whip planting, changing grass cutting frequency, installation of bird boxes and an owl box
  • Starbeck in Bloom, Spa Mews
    Improvements to the stream area with native planting and installation of bird boxes
  • Starbeck in Bloom, Belmont Field
    Two old roses beds were converted into biodiversity beds, adding insect hotels for habitats. Planting includes geraniums, heleniums, erigerons, hellebores and spring bulbs
  • Harrogate Borough Council, All bedding areas
    Bedding plants include more single, open flowers such as rudbeckia, cosmos and dahlia
  • Harrogate Borough Council, woodland areas
    Leaving log piles as habitats and vegetation over winter

Knaresborough area

  • Harrogate Borough Council, Bond End Legacy Garden
    Wildflower Meadow (which includes poppy, cornflower, ox-eye daisy, mallow and marigold)as an alternative to annual bedding plants, additional spring flowering bulbs chionodoxa added
  • Friends of Aspin Pond, Aspin Pond, Knaresborough
    Wildflower area created (with, bug hotel and bird boxes installed, newt pond improvements
  • Friends of Jacob Smith Park, Jacob Smith Park, Scriven
    Tree planting (native species), maintenance of heritage trees, installed bird boxes, amended mowing regimes
  • Harrogate Borough Council, bedding areas
    Bedding plants include more single, open flowers such as rudbeckia, cosmos and dahlia
  • Harrogate Borough Council, woodland areas
    Leaving log piles as habitats and vegetation over winter

Pateley Bridge area

  • Friends of Pateley Bridge Cemetery and Church Yard, Cemetery and Church Yard
    Installation of bird and bat boxes, providing a safe haven for all wildlife
  • Harrogate Borough Council, bedding areas
    Bedding plants include more single petal, open flowers such as rudbeckia, cosmos and dahlia

Ripon area

  • Ripon in Bloom, Goose Common
    Wildflower meadows (including corn chamomile, cornflower, poppy and corn cockle) to increase nectar for pollinating insects in the area, installation of bird boxes
  • Ripon in Bloom, Temple Garden
    New planting of nectar rich flowering plants (clematis), creation of wildlife habitats and planting of spring flowering bulbs
  • Ripon in Bloom, Bedern Bank
    Removal of grass which has been replaced with nectar rich pollinator friendly shrubs (including lavendar, buddleia and sedum) etc
  • Harrogate Borough Council, Ure Bank
    Trackside management for disused railway line, relating to grass mowing regime, tree planting. High level stewardship SSSI
  • Harrogate Borough Council, Quarry Moor
    Maintenance of natural open space, wildflower meadows and diverse native tree planting and maintenance
  • Harrogate Borough Council, Little Studley Meadows
    Grass cutting regime to create natural habitats
  • Harrogate Borough Council, bedding areas
    Bedding plants include more single, open flowers such as rudbeckia, cosmos and dahlia
  • Harrogate Borough Council, woodland areas
    Leaving log piles as habitats and vegetation over winter

Page last updated 08/09/2017