Lower Ure Conservation Trust

Nosterfield Nature Reserve, Moor Lane, NOSTERFIELD


We are a local nature conservation charity, run by enthusiastic volunteers.  Our Nosterfield Nature Reserve is now recognised as one of the best wet grassland reserves in the north of England and is Hambleton district's only designated Local Nature Reserve.  This once productive sand and gravel quarry is now a wildlife-rich habitat of over 100 hectares (250 acres).  Over 150 species of birds are generally recorded each year, in addition to over 20 butterfly species and a stunning range of wildflowers.

On the main reserve, three purpose-built hides allow the public to watch wildlife at close quarters and each is connected by a pedestrian walkway which is fully accessible for those with mobility issues.  The reserve's recent extension (west end of Nosterfield Quarry) has over 1,500 m of footpaths but is currently more challenging for those affected by mobility.

We rely on the generous support of a wonderful group of volunteers, with active work days most Tuesdays, Fridays and occasional weekend days.  In addition to our recently formed wetland plant nursery, we carry out many essential management tasks through the year; from wildlife surveys, to hedge laying - most importantly, we have fun doing it!  If you are interested in volunteering, please visit http://www.luct.org.uk/volunteer 

    This service covers the following area(s):

  • Harrogate
  • Ripon
  • Catterick Garrison
  • Northallerton
  • Knaresborough

Some services may only be suitable to a specific age range or to those who meet specific criteria. The following eligibility criteria applies to this service:


  • All ages


  • No restrictions apply

The following facilities and adaptations are available:


  • Blue Badge/Accessible Parking Bays
  • On-Site Parking
  • Ramped/Sloped Access, and/or Manual Doors

Last updated: 15/08/2019