Roots of an unusual site
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.