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Duncombe Park National Nature Reserve
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Details for Duncombe Park National Nature Reserve

Woodland walk

Duncombe Park National Nature Reserve is an exceptional area of flora filled woodland, and is home to a vast number of birds, insects and small mammals. The park has a shop and a tea room serving refreshments and there is wheelchair hire available.

About the reserve: Half of the 450 acres (182ha) of parkland and gardens became a National Nature Reserve in 1994 to protect the mature hardwood trees which are home to a large number of scarce wood-feeding beetles and the birds which feed on them. The reserve is managed by English Nature who record each tree, and over 2000 oak, beech, lime and field maple saplings have been planted during the last 10 years creating a haven for wildlife.

The parkland is in the River Rye valley and is home to many ancient trees. These reflect some of the conditions of the wild wood which covered the valley thousands of years ago.

The trees provide a home for rare invertebrates and fungi, and Duncombe Park is an important site for wood-feeding insects. Rot holes in the trees provide nest and roost sites for birds and bats. Birds found here all year round include three species of woodpecker, nuthatch and the elusive hawfinch. In summer they are joined by pied flycatcher and redstart.

In spring the woodland floor is covered in sheets of bluebells, primroses and wild garlic.

The River Rye flows through the reserve and this is home to many rare insects, trout, otter and birds such as dipper, grey wagtail, kingfisher, grey heron and sand martin.



There are toilet and refreshment facilities in Helmsley, and in Duncombe Park which has a Parkland Centre shop and tearoom. Parts of the estate are suitable for...

Duncombe Park National Nature Reserve
Duncombe Park
North Yorkshire
YO62 5EB
01439 772625
01439 770213

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