Moorlands Nature Reserve

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the stewardship and ecology of the site, which was acquired in 1955 as the Trust's second nature reserve, including management committee minutes 1963-1996, site accounts 1972-1996, correspondence files 1954-1999.
The papers relate to the acquisition of the site, including a copy conveyance 1955, fundraising for the site, species records, relationships between the Trust and adjacent landowners, as well as information on the establishment of the Yorkshire Mammal Group in 1970.

Access Information

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the Borthwick Institute by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in 2014.


Information on Moorlands nature reserve can be found on the website of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust:

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Conditions Governing Use

A reprographics service is available to researchers. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Appraisal Information

The files were weeded for duplicates by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust staff prior to deposit. Material of insufficient archival value has been removed and returned to Wakefield.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

There is additional information on the history and development of the site prior to its acquisition by the Trust in the archive of Moorlands Hospital, held at the Borthwick Institute.
The archive of The Retreat also includes a number of photographs of the site, taken by J. Rendel Ridges in 1946, including the pond, rhododendrons and the daffodil walk. The last is captioned 'And then my heart with pleasure fills'. Digital version of the photographs can be seen free-of-charge via the Wellcome Library catalogue:

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