Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

Some great tips from on how to encourage birds, creatures and insects into your garden, and the kind of garden features to incorporate.

The forest garden in the Lower Courtyard at Dalby where we have been working last Autumn has many of these features. Of course we are especially lucky because we have a built-in water feature flowing right alongside! Can’t wait to watch it grow back in the spring.


The forest garden at the courtyard in Lower Dalby


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Nature Words

An interesting read! It’s sad to think that nature words are falling out of use for some children in the UK, and by extension, losing some of that connection too.

acorn adder ash beech blackberry bluebell bramble brook buttercup catkin clover conker cowslip cygnet dandelion fern fungus gorse hazel hazelnut heather heron holly horse chestnut ivy kingfisher lark magpie minnow newt otter pansy pasture poppy porpoise primrose raven starling stoat stork sycamore thrush weasel violet willow wren

Building a bug house in Dalby

Building a bug house in Dalby (c) J Winters. All rights reserved

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Nothing like a brisk walk in Dalby…

There is no work task this month but if anyone would like to join Peter and Hillary, they will be doing the Dalby Beck Yellow Trail this coming Sunday morning 18.1.15. Setting off from the main Visitor Centre at 10 am – just meet at the entrance. The walk is 3 miles long and there are initially some steep slopes but the second half of the walk is flat.


Dalby-Beck(c)  Pauline E. CC BY SA 2.0

Dalby-Beck(c) Pauline E. CC BY SA 2.0

Work tasks will resume next month on the third Sunday morning of each month.

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Welcome to the new look website for the Friends of Dalby Forest!

Dalby is the Great Yorkshire forest situated within the beautiful North York Moors National Park, managed by the Forestry Commission (who are responsible for protecting and promoting the sustainable management of Dalby).


A gathering of Friends at the Enchanted Wood, one of our regular projects.

As a non-profit registered charity (1125882), the Friends of Dalby Forest  are a group of volunteers who meet regularly in the forest to enhance the facilities and settings for all visitors on a wide range of Forestry Commission-approved projects.

We meet up to carry out our tasks every month, just for a few hours in the fresh Dalby air. You are welcome to join us one day. Keep in touch with us by following us on Twitter, by joining our Facebook group or email  to ask to be added to our email list which we use to notify volunteers of upcoming tasks and events.