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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2009 – 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 in North Yorkshire. It is responsible for almost 1200 one-kilometre squares with Kirkbymoorside at an approximate centre. Our area is roughly 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, following the 70 grid line.

There are approximately 60 members and the Society has seven indoor meetings, usually on the third Tuesday of the month in Kirkbymoorside, and at least four outdoor trips during the year. New members are always welcome (please contact the Secretary, Tom Denney, or just come to one of our meetings).

We publish Newsletters, annually in recent years. Dr. Michael Thompson has recently donated two bound volumes of the newsletters 1998-2004 and 2005-2008 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.

We are affiliated to the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union (YNU), and have a list of YNU Field Excursions.
Our programme for 2009 is:


January 20th Recorders’ Reports Ryenats Recorders
February 17th A Moor with a Difference
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
John Edwards
March 17th Wildlife Rehabilitation in Ryedale Jean Thorpe
April 21st Our Living Landscape
Joint Meeting with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Terry Smithson
October 20th Alien Plants Niall Moore
November 17th Predation of Populations and the AGM Gordon Woodroffe
December 15th A Year in the Life of a Botanist Gill Smith
January 19th 2009 Recorders’ Reports
Ryenats Recorders

Indoor meetings are held in the Methodist Hall, Kirkbymoorside, at 7:30pm.


Unless advised otherwise all meetings are on Saturdays
Please bring a packed lunch for all-day meetings.

April 11th Appleton-le-Moors 11am – Looking for the Star of Bethlehem
Meet near the telephone box SE 737878
Nan Sykes
May 9th Bluebell Time in Riccal Dale 11am
Meet Carlton SE 610865
Janet Denney
June 6th Hawnby Church 11am – Summer Migrants SE 536897 Jim Pewtress
July 11th Whenby/Stearsby 11am – Botanical Recording
Meet near maze at SE 626719
Gill Smith & Nan Sykes
September 19th Robin Hood’s Bay 11am – A Day at the Coast
Meet at Car Park NZ 951055
Tom & Janet Denney
November 7th Fungi Foray, Windy Gates, Yearsley Moor 11am SE 582751 Rhona Sutherland

For further details please contact Tom Denney or Gill Smith.

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

or email Tom Denney or Gill Smith
YNU Field Excursions 2009
VC62 May 16th Castle Howard Arboretum
VC63 June 20th Howell Wood, South Kirby
VC64 July 4th Kettlewell
VC65 July 15th Keld
VC61 August 8th Skipwith

For further details see
There are also separate outings for the different sections, e.g. Botanical.

Links to other interesting wildlife sites
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