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North Yorkshire Aggregates Grants Scheme (NYAGS)

Nosterfield

Nosterfield Local Nature Reserve is generally acknowledged as North Yorkshire’s premier wet grassland nature reserve, particularly important for species such as Shoveler, Redshank and Lapwing.

Nosterfield is one of over 120 projects across North Yorkshire to benefit from the North Yorkshire Aggregates Grants Scheme (or NYAGS for short), which was administered by the team here at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

The NYAGS grant scheme has now drawn to a close, but it was part of a national programme set up by the government to help compensate communities that are affected by the quarrying industry with income generated through the Aggregates Levy. Here at YDMT, we distributed grants totalling £308,000 to communities, organisations, private landholders and local councils in 2010/11, enabling them to carry out a wide range of community and environmental projects.

Nosterfield Local Nature Reserve was one of the beneficiaries. The information and interpretation available on-site at the reserve was of a high standard, but off-site (i.e. digital and electronic communication) had been poor in the past, and this was the area to be tackled with the funding.

So, in addition to an ongoing website redevelopment programme this project added a number of additional features to allow the charity running the reserve to maximise the opportunities available through other digital means, taking advantage of video, MP3, MP4 and HD formats for sharing information. This included the creation of a podcast and video about the Reserve which provides an audio-visual introduction for visitors, including elements designed to help visitors with specific needs such as visual impairments.

You can watch the video of Nosterfield Reserve here.

A DVD was also produced and made available to educational establishments, local groups, councils, government authorities and other interested groups or individuals.

With thousands of birds visiting the reserve seasonally, sound plays a very important role, so this new format of communication has significantly improved the interpretation of the Reserve, particularly among the younger generations.

You can visit the Nosterfield website here: http://www.luct.org.uk/)

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