St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Green Corridors York

Green Corridors York
will kick start the creation and restoration of more, bigger, better and more joined up habitats across three landscape scale corridors and 22 sites across York Local Authority Area, including floodplain meadow, hedgerows, woodland and riparian habitat of the critically endangered tansy beetle.

Mating tansy beetle at St Nicks LNR

St Nicks’ Green Corridors York project has been awarded a grant from the second round of the Government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery

The project will:
– Create and restore 78ha through small scale interventions and solutions;
– Form and support corridor wide Nature Conservation Groups;
– Develop and lead cross-sector Action Groups;
– Train citizen scientists to assess habitats and record key species;
– Create project legacy Corridor Restoration Plans for longer term solutions across 266ha;
– Increase resource and capacity to deliver sustainable habitat management through expert training, and purchasing essential machinery and equipment

St Nicks Natural Habitats Manager, Jonathan Dent, said:
“We are so happy to have received funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund for Green Corridors York. We have been developing this project for a number of years so it is incredibly rewarding for the hard work to have finally paid off!”

“York is blessed with some amazing natural green corridors. Much of the biodiversity interest is within its wetland and grassland habitats, mainly associated with the river corridors, Ings land or flood meadows. Green Corridors York will work across the Clifton Ings, Fulford Ings and Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Beck corridors to create new and enhance existing habitats to benefit endangered species such as tansy beetle and water vole. Through close working with local nature conservation groups, land owners and communities, we will bring people together to have a bigger impact across the corridors and improve the resilience of core wildlife sites such as Fulford Ings SSSI.”

To find out more about the project or if you want to get involved, email

For more information about Green Corridors York ecological surveying and monitoring, click here, or email

This project is funded by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.

This page was last updated 19 Apr 2022