Birdforth is a wapentake in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It had a population of 18,481 in 2011. It is bounded by Allertonshire to the north; by Ryedale to the east; by Bulmer to the south; and by Hallikeld and East Gilling to the west.
It comprises the ancient parishes of:
- Ampleforth (Ampleforth Birdforth)*
- Cundall (Fawdington)†
- Kirby Knowle
- Kirkby Wiske (Newsham with Breckenbrough)‡
- Leake (part)§
- North Otterington (Thornton-le-Moor)§
- Old Byland
- Over Silton
- Sessay (Hutton Sessay, part)§
- Skelling Ings (ex. par.)
- South Kilvington
- South Otterirngton
- Topcliffe (part)†
- Whitestone Cote (ex. par.)
*: Ampleforth St Peter township in Ryedale.
†: Remainder in Hallikeld.
‡: Remainder in East Gilling.
§: Remainder in Allertonshire.
Wapentakes of Yorkshire
East Riding: Buckrose • Dickering • Harthill • Holderness • Howdenshire • Ouse and Derwent • North Riding: Allertonshire • Birdforth • Bulmer • East Gilling • Hallikeld • Hang East • Hang West • Langbaurgh • Pickering Lythe • Ryedale • West Gilling • Whitby Strand • West Riding: Agbrigg and Morley (Agbrigg, Morley) • Ainsty • Barkston Ash • Claro • Osgoldcross • Skyrack • Staincliffe and Ewcross (Staincliffe, Ewcross) • Staincross • Strafforth and Tickhill