Fylingdales Moor. On behalf of the landowner, a Higher Level Stewardship project (2009-2019) contracts the Hawk and Owl Trust to manage all 2750 ha of Fylingdales Moor for biodiversity and archaeology. Key conservation species include: the striking yet elusive small bird of prey the merlin, the diurnal short eared owl, and other species including the small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly. The winter heather burning regime creates a patchwork of stands of heather of different ages and structure. Stands of mature heather are left as vital habitat for ground nesting merlin, whilst more open habitat is suitable for nesting golden plover and feeding red grouse. 4 common rights holders are part of the project, and along with the project's shepherd they graze over 1200 swaledale and cheviot sheep. The project offers free guided visits to groups, and occasional public events are advertised on www.hawkandowl.org. A leaflet is available to download detailing a 4.3 km circular nature trail which can be walked from the parking area at Jugger Howe layby (grid ref NZ 945 002), one mile south of the Flask Cafe.
Fylingdales Moor (managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust)
incl Sledgates Top above Fylingthorpe (see map)