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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2016 – 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 19th Recorders’ Reports & Members’ Projects Ryenats Recorders
February 16th Small Beetle & Asian Hornet
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
Ivor Flatman
March 15th The Changing Face of Breeding Birds in Yorkshire Keith Clarkson
April 19th Conservation of the Dark Bordered Beauty Moth at Strensall Common Terry Crawford
October 18th Sketches of Ampleforth Swifts Jonathan Pomroy
November 15th AGM and “Flora and Other Wildlife of Rosedale” Ryenats Members
December 20th Nosterfield – a Stepping Stone in the Landscape Simon Warwick
January 17th 2017 Recorders’ Reports & Members’ Projects Ryenats Recorders

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


April 16th
Kirkdale Spring Flowers
meet Kirkdale SE676857 2:00pm
Gill Smith
May 7th Dawn Chorus, Gilling Lake
meet SE589766 5:30am
Tom Denney
May 14th Farndale (1)
meet Low Mill SE672953 2:00pm
Pauline Popely
June 5th Reeking Gill, Rosedale
meet NZ697013 10:30am
Tom Denney
June 22nd YWT Pickering Low Carr Farm evening walk
meet SE800796 7:00pm
Ken Hutchinson
July 3rd Farndale (2)
meet Low Mill SE672953 2:00pm
Pauline Popely
July 16th Spiers House (Nightjars)
meet SE757918 9:30pm
Ken Hutchinson
September 25th Crook Ness/Long Nab
meet TA025935 10:00am
Jim Pewtress
October 1st Gilling Woods Fungus Foray
meet SE589766 2:00pm
Rhona Sutherland

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

YNU Field Excursions 2016
VC65 May 14th Marrick Park, Swaledale
VC61 June 18th Wharram Percy
VC62 July 9th Ashberry
VC63 July 23rd Austerfield near Doncaster
VC64 August 20th Ingleborough NR

For further details see

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