New House Farm, Malham National Nature Reserve



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New House Farm NNR is a small working farm in the Yorkshire Dales near Malham. The hay meadows have a diverse array of flora, with a mix of sweet vernal-grass, wood crane’s-bill, ladies mantle, pignut, great burnet, yellow rattle and melancholy thistle. The limestone outcrops are home to alpine cinquefoil, hoary whitlow grass and orpine. The wildflowers support a wide range of insects which, in their turn, support bird and animal life typical of the traditional Yorkshire Dales landscape. The farm is managed traditionally, without the use of artificial fertilisers or herbicides. The livestock on the farm is restricted and only farmyard manure is used to fertilise the meadows. Hay making in late summer provides winter food for the livestock and also helps maintain the species-rich grassland. The best time to view the meadows is mid-June to early July from the public footpath which crosses the reserve.

New House Farm, Malham National Nature Reserve
Waterhouses, SETTLE, BD24 9PT


About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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