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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2014 – 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 21st Recorders’ Reports Ryenats Recorders
February 18th Buglife’s Beelines Project
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
Paul Evans
March 18th Alfred Russel Wallace and the other Origin of Species Dr Phil Wheeler
April 15th The Jewel of York: Conservation of the Tansy Beetle
Dr. Geoff Oxford
October 21st Birds and Culture of Kazakhstan John McEachen
November 18th AGM and “Bird Strikes” Paul Cropper
December 16th Nature Conservation in the National Trust: up front and personal
Stephen Morley
January 20th 2015 Recorders’ Reports & Members’ Projects Ryenats Recorders

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


March 29th
Arkengarthdale Black Grouse Lek
meet Market Place, Kirkbymoorside 4:00am
Mick Carroll
May 3rd Dawn Chorus, Sutton Bank
meet car park SE515830 5:00am
Jim Pewtress
May 10th Newtondale
meet Stape Village Hall SE795926 1:00pm
Gill Smith
May 18th Spaunton Quarry (wildflowers and butterflies)
meet Appleton Common, SE725872 10:00am
Pauline Popely
June 8th Ashberry Bank Evening Walk
meet Rievaulx Terrace SE580851 7:00pm
Jim Pewtress
June 21st Sleightholmedale Afternoon Walk
meet The Avenue SE671886 2:00pm
Tom Denney
July 12th Sleightholmedale Afternoon Walk
meet Cherry Tree Farm SE653903 2:00pm
Keith Gittens
September 6th Keldholme Road Quarries
meet car park SE706885 2:30pm
Jim Pewtress
October 4th Sleightholmedale, Fungus Foray
meet Cherry Tree Farm SE653903 2:00pm
Rhona Sutherland

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

YNU Field Excursions 2014
VC62 May 17th Forge Valley
VC63 June 14th Thorpe Marsh YWT Reserve
VC64 July 12th Austwick and Lawland Moss SSSI
VC65 July 26th Grinton/Scabba Wood
VC66 August 9th tba

For further details see

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