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The Society has been publishing newsletters since its inception, first of all as A4 sheets before moving on to stapled A5 booklets and more recently including line drawings and photographs, in colour in the most recent issues. The Newlsetter is now published annually.
The late Dr. Michael Thompson donated two bound volumes of the newsletters (1998-2004 and 2005-2008 respectively) to the archives of the Ryedale Folk Museum. They are now available for reading in Ryedale Folk Museum library. We would like to thank Michael for this generous donation.
Articles dating from 1998 are available online, as are extended reports of the Societys summer outings as well as special plant-hunting trips.
The Societys summer programme consists of outdoor meetings, sometimes focussing on a partlicular theme such as the dawn chorus or studying particular plants, sometimes of a more general nature. Many of hte reports contain detailed species lists as well as notes and pictures of the outings.
In addition to the main field outings the dedicated botanists sometimes organise extra trips to locate particular, usually rare or infrequently-flowering species. The notes are rather brief, and the layout basic, as my min concern here is to record the plants and have the pictures available as soon as possible after my visits.
All photos are copyright (© Gill Smith unless otherwise credited). If you would like to use them for any purpose please email Gill Smith. Our normal policy is to allow free but acknowledged use of pictures for non-commercial purposes. Some of the photos are available at higher resolutions.
|25th July 2009||Sievedale Fen
Fragrant orchid Gymnodenia conopsea subsp. densiflora and marsh helleborine Epipactis palustris in damp grassland and fen.
|19th July 2009||Gundale
Dodder Cuscuta epithymum, basil thyme Clinopodium acinos and various insects in dry limestone grassland and scree / old quarry.
|21st June 2009||Sutherbruff and Sand-dale
Yellow birdsnest Monotropa hypopyti, bee orchid Ophrys apifera, mountain everlasting Antennaria dioica and marsh orchids Dactylorhiza spp. in old limestone quarry, damp grassland and fen.
|14th June 2009||Hutton Common and Yatts
Butterfly orchids (Platanthera spp.), deadly nightshade (Atropa bella-donna), burnt-tip orchid (Orchis ustulata) fly orchids (Ophrys insectivora) in limestone grassland and woods
|17th May 2009||Goathland
Lesser twayblade (Listera cordata) in moorland gill
|9th August 2008||Hawnby
YNU excursion, woods and grassland, including herb paris (Paris quadrifolia) and stone bramble (Rubus saxatilis) in fruit.
|9th June 2007||Gormire
Lake side for tufted loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora) and marsh cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris).
|25th June 2006||Cayton Bay and Scarborough
Sandy beach, marshland with hemlock water dropwort, and limestone grassland with clary and marjoram.
|30th July 2005||Silpho
Old limestone quarry with pale St. Johns wort (Hypericum montanum) growing with many other colourful species including small scabious (Scabiosa columbaria), ladys bedstraw (Galium verum) and knapweed (Centaurea nigra).
Also gipsywort (Lycopus europaeus) at a nearby man-made lake.
|23rd July 2005||Broughton & Whitwell
Limestone grassland verges with knapweed broomrape (Orobanche elatior), sand leek (Allium scorodoprasum) and other exciting species; verge with broad-leafed helleborine; and farmland with cornfield weeds.
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