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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2011 – 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 2011 is:


January 18th Recorders’ Reports Ryenats Recorders
February 15th Wildlife Management of Forests
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
Charles Critchley
March 15th Dragonflies Keith Gitttens
April 12th Nature Tourism in Yorkshire
Joint Meeting with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Martin Batt
October 18th An Update on Wildlife Crime Mark Rasbeary
November 15th AGM plus the Breeding Biology of Goshawks Gary & MikeMarchant
December 13th Travels in search of fish that drown Dave Armitage
January 17th 2012 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 16th Beadale Woods – early spring flowers
Meet Wrelton SE 766860 10:30am
Gill Smith
May 7th Dawn Chorus 5:00am
Meet Lowna cr park SE 685910
Tom Denney
May 21st Hutton Common – Orchids, Nightshade & other flowers
Meet car park SE 706885 10:30am
June 11th Wet Heads, Stape - Badgers & Nightjars
Meet Stape Village Hall SE 793931 7:00pm
places are limited – please book in advance
Mick Carroll
June 18th Foxglove Covert, Catterick
Meet Kirkbymoorside 9:30am
Jim Pewtress
July 16th Picnic Cawthorne Camp
August 6th Dragonflies in Wheeldale
Meet Wheeldale Bridge SE 803970 10:30am
Keith Gittins
September 17th 10:00am Teesmouth including Saltholme
Meet South Gare, Teesmouth
Mick Carroll
October 15th Gilling Fungus Foray
Meet Gilling Lakes SE590767 10:30am
Please note parking is limited!
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 2011
VC63 May 21at Went Ings, Sykehouse
VC61 June 18th Spurn NNR
VC62 July 9th Newtondale
VC64 July 29th-31st Malham Tarn
VC65 August 13th Low Fell, Gunnerside

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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