Ryedale District Council


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The role of the Countryside Officer, based at the Council is to:

  • Provide advice and support to landowners, farmers, interested groups and individuals who wish to carry out practical projects to benefit wildlife and landscape
  • Advise farmers and landowners on the governments agri-environmental schemes
  • Co-ordinate and implement the Ryedale Biodiversity Action Plan in conjunction with the Ryedale Biodiversity Partnership Group. 
  • Work with others to safeguard the most important wildlife sites in Ryedale including Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs)
  • Access funding to support small, targeted projects that benefit important species and habitats
  • Raise awareness of the importance of the wildlife resource in Ryedale
  • Provide an ecological input to Ryedale District Council's other activities including development management, street scene and property management work

For further information, please contact the Countryside Officer by submitting an Enquiry Form.

The following guidance provides information on when and how to consider wildlife as part of a planning application and has been produced by the Council.

Protected species and habitats form (PDF, 11 pages, 354kb)

Protected wildlife and your planning applications (PDF, 2 pages 207kb)

Flow diagram for applicants (PDF, 1 page, 21kb)

To find consultancy services, please visit The Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management.


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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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