subsubfonds YWT/5/1 - Askham Bog Nature Reserve

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Askham Bog Nature Reserve


  • 1933-2010 (Creation)

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0.148 cubic metres.

8 boxes.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited with the Borthwick Institute by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in 2016.

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Scope and content

Papers and photographs concerning the stewardship, ecology and attributes of the site, which was acquired in 1946 as the Trust's first nature reserve. Topics covered: acquisition, negotiation with landowners, research on site, pollution, water level management and liaison with the Internal Drainage Board, planning applications particularly for adjacent developments and the construction of the York ring road.

Papers include press cuttings relating to the acquisition of the site 1946; Nature Reserve Management Committee Minutes 1957-2005; records of species on site including botanical records and surveys 1946-1992; ornithological records 1977- 1979; ecological research papers (published and unpublished) 1933-2005; peat stratigraphy data 1974; hydrological records 1968-2010 and photographs 1933-1996.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

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.

Conditions governing reproduction

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.

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  • English
  • Latin

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Further correspondence between John Bowes Morrell and Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree relating to Askham Bog prior to its establishment as a nature reserve is available as part of the Papers of John Bowes Morrell, held at the Borthwick Institute.

Reports, articles and cuttings relating to Askham Bog between 1980s and 1990s are available in the archive of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, held at the Borthwick Institute.

The botany records of the York and District Field Naturalists Society, held at the Borthwick Institute, includes a 1934 photograph of drought-affected Water Plantain at Askham Bog.

The 1839 tithe map for York: Dringhouses and Acomb, held at the Borthwick Institute, includes reference to Askham Bog and Challoner's Whin.

Publication note

A Wood in Ascam: A Study in Wetland Conservation. Askham Bog 1879-1979. by Alastair Fitter and Clifford Smith, York. 1979.

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You can find more information about Askham Bog nature reserve on the website of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust:

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