St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Land use and wildlife

A view of St Nicks during the clay capping and before main paths were laid in 1994.
A view of St Nicks during the clay capping and before main paths were laid in 1994. Can you find this place when you visit? It's the main path running through the site and the big tree on the left is a good marker...

The starting point of St Nicks charity was turning a former landfill site into a thriving nature reserve so you could say that this principle is “part of our DNA”. It is described by Bioregional as ‘protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment’. Being located just one mile from the centre of York, we are doing our best to promote biodiversity within built environment.

A lot of the charity’s work revolves around this principle because the vision of St Nicks is for York to be a city where people value wildlife, the environment and each other equally to sustain a rich and healthy life for all. On our History pages you can find out more about how we started, what was on site before and how it developed over recent years. By exploring the Enjoy nature pages you will learn about the wildlife and habitats of St Nicks as well as how we manage the site and extend our reach where we can. Our involvement in the Dales to Vales Rivers Network is an example of a holistic and partnership approach to landscape and flood management.


ecosystem services diagram

What has nature ever done for us? Whether you call it ecosystem services illustrated here or something else, we need nature more than we might like to think (diagram borrowed from:

Why is this principle important?

Tang Hall beck in autumn, by L OutingWhat can you do?

Have we missed something crucial out or made a mistake? Please let us know.

This page was last updated 13 Dec 2017