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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2013 – 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, Pauline Popely, 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 15th Recorders’ Reports Ryenats Recorders
February 19th Red Kites
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
Nigel Puckrin
March 19th The Development of the Lower Derwent NE Reserve Craig Ralston
April 16th Nest Recording & its Interpretation for Different Aspects of Nature
Geoff Myers
October 15th Forest Design Plans Nigel Rylance
November 19th AGM and “The Carrs Wetland Project in ‘Yorkshire’s Hidden Vale’ ” Tim Birkinshaw
December 17th at 8:30pm Interesting Finds in the Last 50 Years
8:30pm – preceded by Christmas dinner at 6:30pm – contact Secretary for details
Gordon Simpson
January 21st 2014 Recorders’ Reports & Members’ Projects Ryenats Recorders

Indoor meetings are held in the Methodist Hall, Kirkbymoorside, at 7:30pm (apart from December 8:30pm).


Please bring a packed lunch for all-day meetings.

Cancelled - snow
March 23rd
Arkengarthdale Black Grouse Lek
meet Piercy End, Kirkbymoorside 4:00am
Mick Carroll
April 24th Evening Moorland Walk around Blakey
meet Lion Inn car park, SE679997 - 6:30pm
Ken Hutchinson
May 4th Dawn Chorus
meet Appleton-le-Moors SE735878 5:00am
Jim Pewtress
Postponed due to weather
May 18th
Spaunton Quarry
meet Appleton Common, SE725872 10:00am
Gill Smith
May 29th (Wednesday) Hole of Horcum (Dwarf Cornel) Joint Meeting with Bradford Botany Group
meet car park SE852936 10:30am
Gill Smith
June 15th River Rye Walk
meet Helmsley Bridge SE613835 10:00am
Gill Smith
July 20th Tranmire Bog & Cropton Pools (Dragonflies)
Wheeldale Bridge SE802970 10:00am
Keith Gittens
September 14th Nosterfield NR and Lingham
Meet on site SE280797. Contact if lift needed
Jim Pewtress
October 12th Ashberry, Fungus Foray
Meet roadside SE563844 (Cleveland Way junction)
Rhona Sutherland

Extra meetings may be arranged throughout the season.
For further details please contact Pauline Popely.

YNU Field Excursions 2013
VC63 May 18th Cromwell Bottom, near Elland
VC64 June 8th Grassington, Grass & Bastow Woods
VC65 July 1-5th Swaledale Survey Week
contact John Newbould
VC65 July 6th West Tanfield/Nosterfield, Nosterfield Nature Reserve
VC61 July 20th Danes Dyke, Flamborough
VC62 August 10th May Moss and Langdale Forest, North Yorkshire Moors

For further details see

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