Long Preston wet grassland project

The Long Preston Wet Grassland Project focuses on a seven-square kilometre target area which is located on the River Ribble floodplain between Settle, Wigglesworth and Long Preston. We're working with farmers and partners within an agreed landscape scale wetland target area at Long Preston near Settle in North Yorkshire.

Curlew Numenius arquata, bathing in shallow pool, Geltsdale RSPB reserve, Cumbria, England


The objectives of this project are:

  • Stimulate and drive the creation of at least half a square kilometre of new floodplain grassland for waders.
  • Funding target (Environment Agency) for 2008-2011 is more than half a square kilometre of wetland schemes signed up into HLS/ equivalent over three years.
  • Seek opportunities to encourage the public enjoyment of the site.
  • Protect archaeological remains.
  • Optimise connections to local businesses so that they may benefit through making the link between thriving wetlands - more visitors (holiday cottages, rare breed meat sales).

Planned Work

Breeding waders and wintering waterfowl are monitored by volunteers, co-ordinated by the project officer. Breeding birds survey has shown at least 50 pairs of breeding waders of all four main species at present plus almost nationally important numbers of wintering pintails.


This project is funded by the Environment Agency.


Coast on a stormy day

Adrian Shepherd

Long Preston Contract Adviser, RSPB

Tagged with: Country: England Habitat: Farmland Habitat: Grassland Species: Curlew Species: Lapwing Species: Redshank Species: Snipe Species: Yellow wagtail Project status: Ongoing Project types: Advocacy