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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2012 – 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, Gill Smith, 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.


January 17th Recorders’ Reports Ryenats Recorders
February 21st tba
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
March 20th A Natural History of Spiders Geoff Oxford
April 17th Life on the Edge – Seabird Cities
Steve Race RSPB
October 16th Ecology and Climate Change
NB: note change of venue to Helmsley Arts Centre
Professor Sir John Lawton FRS
November 20th AGM plus Coastal Flowers Chris Wilson
December 18th Among the Sticks Brian Walker
January 15th 2013 Recorders’ Reports
Ryenats Recorders

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


Please bring a packed lunch for all-day meetings.

March 31st Morning trip to Nunnington to try to observe otters
meet Nunnington Hall car park SE669795 7:00am
Nick Fraser
April 25th Evening moorland walk around Blakey
meet Lion Inn car park, SE679997 - 6:30pm
Ken Hutchinson
May 5th Dawn chorus
meet Spiers House, Cropton SE751908 5:00am
Tom Denney
May 20th Hawnby Hill (Duke of Burgundy Butterfly)
meet Moorgate car park, SE539917 10:00am
Keith Gittens
June 9th Hutton Common (meeting of Hull Nats)
meet Hutton Bank SE 706885 10:00am
June 17th Foxglove Covert, Catterick (Nature walk)
meet Piercy End, Kirkbymoorside 9:30am
Jim Pewtress
June 27th Evening walk, Bull Ings Lane Cropton (Orchids)
meet Cropton High Street SE756889 6.30 - 8.30pm
Gill Smith
July 21st Cancelled – now joint meeting with YNU: The Howls, The Ings and the Carrs
Meet near Haybridge Farm SE979789 10:00am
Mick Carroll and Tim Burkenshaw
August 11th Strensall Common (Dragonflies)
meet car park by cattle grid, Lords Moor Lane, SE649612 - 10:00am
Keith Gittens
September 29th Rudland, Fungus Foray
meet SE660924 - 10.00am
Rhona Sutherland

For further details please contact Gill Smith.

YNU Field Excursions 2012
VC64 May 19th Fairburn Ings
VC65 June 16th Foxglove Covert
VC61 July 7th Tophill Low
VC62 July 21st The Howls, The Ings and the Carrs
VC63 August 13th Scammonden

For further details see

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