Proximity to Harrogate
Harrogate Borough Council, the Woodland Trust, former Countryside Commission et al have collaborated with local residents since 1983 to conserve the narrow Green Belt between town and gorge. This has created a buffer zone with a mosaic of habitats, wildlife corridors and 43,500 broadleaf trees planted in Bilton Fields. Nidd Gorge is very close to urban Harrogate.
As a designated Site of Importance to Nature Conservation (SINC), Nidd Gorge’s rich biodiversity is recognised, but making the urgent case for it to be given SSSI status could protect its uniqueness. Wildlife surveys taken between 1999 and 2017 reveal the site’s secrets, from otters to roe deer, eight bat species, red kite, buzzard, heron, hundreds of flowers and eighteen kinds of fish.