Visit a wildflower meadow
Use the map to find some of our most spectacular species-rich hay meadows in the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland – and discover them for yourself with our walk guides.
Wildflower meadows in the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales contain about a sixth of the UK’s remaining upland hay meadows. These complex habitats are teeming with up to 120 species of wildflowers and grasses per field. They are home to many rare species of wildlife, plants like the Globeflower, endangered animals like the Brown Hare, and provide a vital habitat for bumblebees and other pollinators.
The sight, sounds and scent of a wildflower meadow in full bloom is something truly special to behold. Find out about some of our most spectacular species-rich hay meadows in the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland – and discover them for yourself with our walk guides.
Save our meadows
The loss of species-rich meadows and grasslands is unparalleled in the history of nature conservation in the UK. When we first started restoring hay meadows in 2006, less than four square miles of species-rich hay meadow habitat remained in the whole of the UK.
Since then we've been working hard to conserve and restore hay meadows and protect the wildlife they support. Meadow restoration is a long-term process, involving working closely with farmers and contractors to deliver the practical conservation work. We also deliver educational work in schools and hundreds of public events to raise awareness. Read more about our Hay Time work and Bee Together projects.
Saving our important hay meadow habitats will only be possible with donations and support from people like you. Together we can save these precious and complex habitats and protect the wildflowers, plants, pollinators and other wildlife that depend on them.
Give a wildflower gift today and help save our precious meadows.