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Ryedale Natural History Society

Programme for 2018 – 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 current subscription 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 16th Recorders’ Reports for 2017 & Members’ Projects Ryenats Recorders
February 20th A Palaeontologist's Perspective on the Evolutionary History of Bees
Joint Meeting with Ryedale Beekeepers’ Association
Dr. W. John Varker RBKA
March 20th Tree Health and the role of volunteers as Citizen Scientists Dr Charles Lane
April 17th Turtle Dove Project Richard Baines
October 16th Ferns found in the North York Moors Dr. Barry Wright
November 20th AGM and Wildlife Photography Paul Forster
December 18th Aquatic Insects found in Ryedale Dave Southall
January 15th 2019 Recorders’ Reports for 2018 & Members’ Projects Ryenats Recorders

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


April 21st
Chafer Wood, Ebberston
Meet SE899832 2:00pm
Gill Smith
May 6th Dawn Chorus, Kirkdale
meete Kirkdale Church SE677856 5:00am
Tom Denney
May 20th Birds & Butterflies, Hawnby
meet Meet Moor Gate SE540916 10:00am
Jim Pewtress
June 10th Ousegill, Bransdale - Moorland Birds
meet Moorhouse road end SE636946 10:00am
Tom Denney
June 30th Gundale - Dodder and Brown Argus
Meet SE802886 10:00am
Allan Rodda & Jackie Holder
July 15th Spaunton Quarry - White-letter Hairstreak
Meet SE725872 2:00pm
{Pauline Popely
August 21st Staindale - Dalby Bats
Meet Staindale car park SE883903 8:15pm
Nick Gibbons
September 29th Ousegill Fungus Foray
meet Moorhouse road end SE636946 10:30am
Rhona Sutherland
October 14th Filey Bird Observatory - Bird Ringing and Migration
meet Kirkby - details tba
Filey Bird Group

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

YNU Field Excursions 2018
VC63 May 19th Thorne Moors
VC64 June 23rd Swarth Moor SSSI
VC65 July 7th Dent
VC61 July 21-22 Spurn Point (weekend meeting)
VC62 August 18th Sutton Bank

For further details see and the YNU calendar

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