PWCF provided funding towards the Friends of Nidderdale AONB’s Wild Watch programme, which enabled people to connect to and enjoy Nidderdale’s natural heritage while helping them acquire the natural history skills they need to collect data on the threatened species of Nidderdale. The valuable citizen science data collected is used in ecological modelling to identify priority areas for conservation action. 

Two people looking at the ground while carrying out a river survey for otter.

The grant from PWCF supported Friends of Nidderdale AONB to: 

  • Run 8 wildlife events and input to 5 events run in partnership on a range of different topics from volunteer training, children’s education events and adult natural history talks. 

  • Run a family nature festival to reach new audiences in partnership with Cause UK, engaging 1,650 people. 

  • Collect a total of 1,152 new species record 

  • Reach thousands via social media. 

The new data will help the organisation to continue raising awareness of the importance of Nidderdale AONB’s valuable nature and actions needed to conserve and enhance it for the long term.