Roots of an un­usual site

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

CAT­T­ER­ICK GAR­RI­SON is the army’s big­gest train­ing es­tab­lish­ment, cov­er­ing 20,000 acres of land. But al­though its pop­u­la­tion is ex­pected to grow to 25,000 in the next few years, it is no longer re­quired for tank train­ing.

The na­ture re­serve at its heart was es­tab­lished in the au­tumn of 1992, af­ter the Royal Scots Dra­goon Guards re­turned from ac­tive ser­vice in the first Gulf War.

A decade later, it was de­clared a Site of Lo­cal Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Im­por­tance – the first lo­cal na­ture re­serve in Rich­mond­shire and the first on Min­istry of De­fence land in the UK.

It is considered a rich wildlife habi­tat and a spe­cial­ist cen­tre for bird preser­va­tion.

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