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Ryedale Natural History Society


The programme for 2003 is now out see below for the indoor and outdoor meetings respectively.

The Society was formed on 2nd December 1963 and is based on the administrative district of Ryedale. It is responsible for 800 kilometre squares with Kirkbymoorside at an approximate centre. Our area is defined by the northern watershed running from Black Hambleton to Saltersgate; the Whitby to Thornton-le-Dale road to the east and the drove road along the edge of the Hambleton Hills to the west. Our southern boundary is less easy to describe but generally includes the Howardian Hills as far as Malton and the Kirkham Gorge.

There are approximately 80 members and the Society has seven indoor meetings, on the second Tuesday of the month, in Kirkbymoorside and at least four outdoor trips during the year. New members are always welcome (please contact Jim Pewtress). Our programme for 2003 is:


January 14th Nature Conservation in Ryedale Martin Hammond
February 11th Pollen, Peat & People
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
Margaret Atherden
March 11th William Smith, Father of English Geology
Alan Staniforth
April 8th Water Voles
Joint Meeting with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
John Trail
October 14th Cornfield Flowers Chris Wilson
November 11th AGM  
December 9th Natural History of the Western Isles Michael Thompson

All indoor meetings are held at Church House, High Market Place, Kirkbymoorside, at 7:30pm.


Saturday, May 10th Shaw Rigg, Bransdale
Meet at Moor House road junction SE636947. 9.00am
Tom Denney
Tuesday, 27 May Summerfield, Harome
Meet at farm SE666812 7.30pm
Basil Rickatson
Saturday, 21st June Pry Rigg
Meet on Pry Rigg farm road SE584801 9.00am
Jim Pewtress/Don Buckle
Tuesday 1st July and
Tuesday 8th July
Badger Evenings
Meet outside Newton pub SE812905 7.00pm
Cost 3. Bookings by 1st May to the Treasurer please
Chris Peacock
Tuesday, 22nd July Castle Howard Bats
Meet at lakeside car park SE706713 9.00pm
Michael Thompson
Tuesday, 9th September Wheldrake Ings
Meet at Wheldrake SE694445 11.00am (see map below)
Jim Pewtress
Sunday, 19th October Sykes House, Rudland (Fungus Foray)
Meet at SE663917 11.00am
Colin Stephenson

For further details please contact Jim Pewtress.

A programme and Newsletter are available
from the Secretary:
Tom Denney, Sykes House, Rudland,
Kirkbymoorside, York

or email Jim Pewtress or Gill Smith

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