Protecting and improving the East Riding environment
Find out more about the teams that work in the East Riding Coast and Countryside to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable environment to explore and play in. Discover ways you can be part of local conservation efforts and the things to watch out for.
Meet the coastal team
Coastal Services look after 84 miles of coastline and estuary in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The team have a dual role as a commercial operation providing tourism attractions and amenities alongside a more regulatory role with statutory and voluntary responsibilities. So what does that mean?
We work with a whole host of partners to deliver a wide range of events throughout the year. It is a really diverse mix with activities to suit all tastes, ages and abilities and are held in many different locations along the coast. The team are constantly looking for new and exciting events and activities to add to the busy programme.
If you would like more information about the services we deliver, please contact us on 01262 678255 or send us an emailContact the team
Meet the countryside access team
The countryside access team is responsible for some of the local nature reserves in the East Riding. The team works towards conserving and improving the reserves for their wildlife and heritage value, while providing a fantastic natural haven for everyone to visit.
Countryside officers are also responsible for ensuring that countryside walks and rides are well maintained and open for you to use and enjoy. The public rights of way network gives residents and visitors the best viewpoints, the best landscapes and the best wildlife in the East Riding.Contact the team
How you can help There are lots of ways you can help conservation efforts in the East Riding
Worried about a wild animal or tree disease in the area?
If you find an injured or sick animal then the best thing to do is to call the RSPCA on (0300) 1234 999. Alternatively you can visit the RSPCA Website for advice
Ash Dieback Disease
At a number of sites in the East Riding there are reports of Ash trees with a fungal disease known as 'Ash dieback'. The disease causes die back of the tree's crown and infects the vascular system causing blockages. The disease appears to kill saplings and young trees very quickly, often within one year. However, infected older and larger trees can take many years to die.
The countryside is still open for people to visit and the chance of the disease being spread by visitors to the countryside is low. However it is recommended that you do not pick leaves and move them from one site to another.
For more information on Ash dieback disease and how to spot the symptoms please visit The Forestry Commission website.Report a diseased tree Go to RSPCA
Coastal erosion is a natural process that occurs as a result of waves, tides or currents striking the shore. Sediment or rocks are washed away, typically releasing sediment into the sea and causing the coastline to retreat inland.
Recent records suggest that the East Riding coastline is eroding at an average rate of 1.5-2.5 metres per year. However, certain locations which are not defended can experience individual cliff losses of 20 metres or more due to natural processes.The major towns of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea, plus important infrastructure at Mappleton and Dimlington Gas Terminals are defended against coastal erosion. These defences are surveyed and maintained regularly to ensure that they continue to function to a high standard.
Despite this, we cannot defend the entire coastline of the East Riding. Coastal defences such as seawalls and groynes tend to be expensive, short-term options which have a high impact on the landscape or environment. It would therefore be unsustainable and inappropriate to defend all 85 kilometres (53 miles) of our coastline against coastal erosion.Visit Coastal Explorer
Litter and pollution
East Riding Council monitor levels of nitrogen dioxide (NOx), which is a key pollutant from vehicle exhausts. We use a network of around 90 diffusion tubes, which are small plastic tubes that can be attached to lampposts and road signs, and are collected and changed over once a month. The results of which can be found in our annual status reports.