In response to the article in the Yorkshire Dales National Park publication in autumn 2014, we are aiming to set up a Parish Wildlife Project at Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale with the support of the National Park who are keen to create sustainable biodiversity throughout the Yorkshire Dales. The Wildlife Conservation Officer Mark Hewitt is helping with the project and we aim to get a pond liner installed this Spring.
Broadrake is at the north end of Chapel-le-Dale between Bruntscar and Ivescar at the foot of Whernside
- a stunning location with views of Ingleborough, Whernside and also Ribblehead Viaduct.
The site is about 4 acres, the main field being above the limestone scar behind the buildings.
We aim to increase biodiversity and have already planted 600 trees, have started to restore the
upland hay meadow and this spring we have started to create a wildlife pond.
There are some pictures of the first working party in early April here.
If you are interested in helping out with conservation tasks knowing that you will be helping preserve the traditional meadow flowers and create a new woodland and wetland habitat, then we'd like to hear from you. Our aim since moving to Broadrake has been that we want to 'share' this amazing location with others. Hopefully those from the local community who would like to be involved with this Parish Wildlife Project will come to appreciate this very special place as much as we do. We will of course provide hospitality and refreshments in return for whatever help you are able to offer.
Other PWP Groups have planted small sites with fruit trees, created ponds, planted verges with trees, and added hedgerows, so if there is anywhere locally in Chapel-le-Dale that you think would benefit from some wildlife management to help biodiversity, maybe we can look at those sites as well. We have also started to collect and sow wildflower seeds from Broadrake to increase the flowers in the meadow, and some of the plants can be distributed locally.