Clockwise from top left: Hen harrier, Peregrine Falcon chicks, mountain hare and adder. Pictures: The Moorland Association.

Photo focus: These are some of the rare wildlife you can spot in the North York Moors

Now that the weather is improving, many of use are enjoying getting out and enjoying the beauty on our doorstep.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 10:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 12:04 pm

We're so lucky on the Yorkshire Coast that we don't need to travel far to see some extraordinary and beautiful wildlife. The Moorland Association have shared their top tips for where to spot rare moorland species in England, all of the creatures mentioned in this list can be spotted in the North York Moors National Park if you're lucky, apart from the mountain hare and black grouse. When walking in the habitat of ground nesting birds it is recommended you stick to footpaths and keep dogs on leads. Amanda Anderson, a director of the Moorland Association said: “March 1 to July 31 is the official breeding season for ground-nesting birds and our beautiful moors across the north of England are home to these and an array of other amazing species, many of which are in sharp decline elsewhere. The bird of prey population now exceeds 250,000 adult birds in the UK for the first time in decades, another hugely encouraging sign of our improving biodiversity."

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