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Issue 465, 23 April 2001

Conservation comes closer to home

The Yorkshire 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.

Seeking funding - 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.

Projects would 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.

The project 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.

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