Connecting for Nature

Keeping Yorkshire folk in touch with their local biodiversity news

Hawk and Owl Trust

Working for wild birds of prey and their habitats

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 bird of prey the Merlin (Britain’s smallest falcon), 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. Four commoners’ 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 schools and groups, and public events are advertised on our website. Please see the website for walking routes. These include a 4.3 km circular nature trail from the parking area at Jugger Howe layby (grid ref NZ 945 002), the Stoupe Brow heritage walk (archaeology and wonderful coastal and moor views) and a longer moorland walk from Ravenscar Mast. We work closely with the Court Leet, the traditional guardians of Fylingdales- see


Tanya Eyre – Education Officer for the Hawk and Owl Trust on Fylingdales Moor

Fylingdales Moor leaflet

Stoup Brow Heritage Trail leaflet

Jugger Howe Nature Trail map

Registered Charity no: 1058565



Pupil from Fylinghall School on an educational visit at Stoupe Brow visit with Hawk and Owl Trust. Picture credit Tanya Eyre.