The Connecting for Nature Partnership in North Yorkshire spans several Local Authority boundaries with some distinctive landscapes and habitat features in common. We encompass for instance, the entirety of The Vale of Pickering, northern parts of The Yorkshire Wolds, a little of the Vale of York and all of the Howardian Hills. Landscape features and wildlife do not observe political boundaries, so it was agreed to join forces to coordinate action for and promotion of biodiversity across the borders.
Our biodiversity group encompasses Ryedale District and the Borough of Scarborough (both ‘district level’ Local Authority areas) plus the whole of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty. The latter includes a small portion of the Hambleton District, but all three districts fall within North Yorkshire County Council.
Now, don’t get confused here, because there are parts of Scarborough and Ryedale which overlap with the North York Moors National Park. As the North York Moors National Park Authority has its own Biodiversity Action Plan (the last one written to span 2013-17) the Connecting for Nature partnership focusses on areas outside the National Park. The Park is already doing great things for nature conservation and public engagement.
Nature does not observe socio-political boundaries, though, so naturally we are keen to work collaboratively with the National Park and many initiatives of their BAP and of our partnership will have synergies. No-one polices the geographical boundaries and indeed on social networks like Facebook and Twitter we welcome input and collaboration from all who share a passion for our local patch, wherever they may work or reside….Indeed it often proves fruitful to set up collaborative projects across borders with neighbouring authorities. It may be useful to see a summary of the three main component parts of our geographic area, though, so please do enjoy the summaries provided on this website for Scarborough, Ryedale and the Howardian Hills