Welcome to Wildlife Friendly Otley. We are a community group working to make Otley the first 'wildlife friendly town' in the UK.

Otley is well situated as an excellent location for wildlife - a small town built around the river Wharfe, nestled in the shadow of the beautiful Chevin Forest Park and benefitting from two designated nature reserves.

News

SEEN IN OTLEY TODAY

Soon after the lockdown began Wildlife Friendly Otley started 'Seen In Otley Today' on social media - almost daily posts of different wildlife seen around the town. They rapidly became very popular with people all over Otley logging on to find out what they could spot on the daily walks or time in their gardens. We've collated some or all of them here for general interest. Hope you like them.

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RETURN OF THE SCREAMING SWIFTS

Our sister project, the Otley Swift Watch featured in the Yorkshire Post supplement Rural Life. Click on the article on the left to read in full, it's fantastic coverage for our beloved Otley swifts.

ENJOYING LOCKDOWN

Even though increased activity by wildlife is normal in springtime it appears that people are seeing birds, animals, bees, butterflies, insects and wildflowers where they haven’t been seen before, even in their own gardens.

For the full story see https://www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk/news/18408218.enjoying-lockdown---wharfedales-wild-animals/

YOUR WILDLIFE NEEDS YOU!

This year we are working hard to encourage everyone in town to pledge to help wildlife! We have ideas for individuals and families, businesses, community groups and schools. And, if you are already helping Otley's wildlife, please let us know what you're doing on social media by using #mywildlifepledge.

FAMILY PLEDGING TOGETHER

One family in Otley, the Barracloughs, are forging ahead by working through our suggested 'Individual and Family' pledge ideas.

They are the proud builders of the 5-star bug hotel, Bug'ingham Palace!

Check out more of their inspirational work #mywildlifepledge.

CO-OP FUNERAL CARE LEAD BUSINESSES IN PLEDGING

Rob Tindall of Co-Op Funeral Care in Otley has been leading by example for businesses. He has completed eight of our suggested pledge ideas for businesses already. Look at this lovely wildlife friendly pond!

Take a look at his good work #mywildlifepledge

For more news, click here.

Our local partner organisations

Masterhead photography courtesy of Mark Dentonmarkdentonphotographic.co.uk