comes closer to home
Dales could be the setting for a new £2m research station,
in a unique partnership between Leeds University scientists
and environmental agencies. Biologists, geographers and
earth scientists from the Centre for Biodiversity and
Conservation currently run projects all over the world,
but the Yorkshire Dales national park offers a rich environment
for study on their very doorstep.
- Professor John Altringham
The field station
would be used by university academics, and other agencies,
such as the Park Authority, English Nature and the Environment
Agency, allowing all concerned with the study and conservation
of the area to work together.
range from studying the biological consequences of climate
change, through the protection of rare animals and plants,
to the restoration of traditional hay meadows and the
development of environmentally friendly agricultural practices.
is being spearheaded by biology professor John Altringham
and although his original bid for SRIF funding (see Reporter
463) was not successful, the Park Authority has given
a tentative welcome to the project.
He is continuing
to seek funding for the field station in order to ensure
that the Yorkshire Dales doesn’t lose this opportunity
to be the setting for world class environmental research.