Discover the Dales

Bird Watching


You can spot a Raven throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park. However, the southern dales provide the most popular habitat and where the majority of the known nesting sites are found.

The Yorkshire Dales has historically provided a popular habitat and breeding ground for Ravens. Local place names such as Raven Scar and Raven Crag indicate sites where Ravens have bred in the past.

Young Ravens usually travel in flocks until they mate for life in a spectacular aerial display. When Ravens mate they become territorial and together the mated pair will defend their territory.  If left undisturbed the pair will return to their nesting territory year after year which is why often the raven nests become so large.

The Raven is easily identifiable with their large head, wedged tail and pure black plumage. It is the largest member of the crow family and often regarded by many as a pest.