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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2015 – 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).
The subscription for 2015 is £10 per single member, £15 per family.

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 20th Recorders’ Reports Ryenats Recorders
February 17th The Moths of North-East Yorkshire
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
Dr. Robert Woods
March 17th From Wharfedale to the Western Ghats - with a look at Ryedale Bats Dr. John Altringham
April 21st Merlins of the NY Moors Wilf Norman
October 20th Moult – The Next Step Jim Pewtress
November 17th AGM and “Dragonflies” Keith Gittens
December 15th Conserving ancient and other veteran trees in the Forest of Helmsley Jill Butler
January 19th 2016 Recorders’ Reports & Members’ Projects Ryenats Recorders

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


April 18th
Sinnington Woods Spring Flowers
meet Sinnington Village SE745855 2:00pm
Gill Smith
May 2nd Dawn Chorus, Castle Howard
meet car park SE707712 7:00am
Jim Pewtress
May 10th Manor Vale (1)
meet SE693871 2:00pm
Jim Pewtress
June 7th Boltby Forest
meet SE502871 10:30am
Keith Gittens
June 17th Ellerburn Bank evening walk
meet SE853859 7:00pm
Ken Hutchinson
July 4th Manor Vale (2)
meet SE693871 2:00pm
Tom Denney
July 18th Spiers House
meet SE756917 2:00pm
Jim Pewtress
August 2nd Fen Bog
meet SE856982 2:00pm
Ken Hutchinson
September 19th Top Hill Low
meet TA072485 10:30am
Keith Gittens
October 3rd Sleightholmedale, Fungus Foray
meet SE668884 2:00pm
Rhona Sutherland

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

YNU Field Excursions 2015
VC61 May 16th Jeffry Bog
VC62 June 13th R. Rye near Hawnby
VC63 July 11th Worsborough near Barnsley
VC64 July 24th-25th Trough of Bowland
VC65 August 7th-8th Swaledale

For further details see

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