Skipwith Common is Natural England's newest National Nature Reserve and it has a wide variety of wildlife that anyone can enjoy.
Occupying 274 hectares within the fabulous Escrick Park Estate, Skipwith Common is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year.
Species lovers can spend time discovering the variety of rare heathland plants and rich collection of dragonflies and other insects. There are also a huge array of birds that can be spotted in and around the reserve.
If you are interested in history you will enjoy the many bronze and iron age features that are scattered about the reserve. There are also the remains of Riccall airfield, where Halifax bomber crews were trained in the Second World War.
Where: North Yorkshire, between Selby and York
Main habitats: Wet and dry heathland and scrub woodland
Throughout the year we have a wide variety of events taking place at Skipwith NNR. From fungus forays in the autumn to dawn chorus walks in the spring. Join us on one of our guided walks, as we look for residents of the common and share more about the enigmatic species found here.
Find out when our next event is taking place.
The Friends of Skipwith Common were set up in 2003 and contribute a large number of hours of practical management, help look after the animals which are used to graze the site and take a particular interest in the archaeology on Skipwith Common NNR. They have a programme of guided walks and events both on the common, and at local community functions. They produce a quarterly newsletter and maintain their own website.
Walks and trails
Other NNRs in the area