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Countryside - visitor centres
Local Nature Reserves are for both people and wildlife. They are places with wildlife or geological features that are of special interest locally. They offer people special opportunities to study or learn about nature or simply to enjoy it.
On the whole the County Council is not directly involved with country parks or nature reserves. However, the Council is in a partnership with Selby District Council to deliver a district wide countryside service which encompasses access and recreation, environmental education, landowner advice and habitat management. The district has two sites for informal recreation, Hambleton Haugh and Barlow Common Nature Reserve. The latter, once common grazing ground is a designated Local Nature Reserve and has a visitor centre and a fresh water fishery. Both day tickets and season tickets can be purchased for fishing. It has abundant flora and fauna which can be enjoyed all year round. Car parking, circular routes and information boards are provided as well as leaflets.
Information on Local Nature Reserves can be obtained from Natural England, although the duty to designate or de-notify was switched from Natural England to local authorities in September 2010.
There are a number of Local Nature Reserves in North Yorkshire:
There are around 50 Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves in North Yorkshire. Details on sites, wildlife and visiting can be obtained from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website.
The RSPB has one reserve which lies partly within North Yorkshire and this is Fairburn Ings near Castleton.
Natural England manages a few nature reserves including Skipwith Common near Selby.
Countryside - frequently asked questions