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The Yoredale Natural History Society

The Society was founded in 1979, with the aim of "promoting an interest in and an appreciation of natural history, with particular reference to Wensleydale". 

Yoredale is the traditional name for Wensleydale. 


Local burnt-tip orchid 

Copyright Len Shepherd 

 During the summer months there are around 15 outdoor field visits, mainly to local wildlife "hotspots"


Marsh Thistle  (Marsett Rigg Field Trip 11th June)

Copyright Christine Whitehead 


        There is a programme of winter lectures

               in the Methodist Hall, Leyburn,

          usually on the last Friday of the month  

Members abilities range from beginner to full time working wildlife professionals. Help and guidance is available for those wishing to learn more about most aspects of wildlife.

The Society publishes a Bulletin each year, usually in February, to report on our activities in the previous year.  

New members are very welcome 

  The current annual subscription is £10

Students £5; under 16s £5

Note To comply with our child protection policy children under 16 and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a parent or authorised guardian. 

To join the society, or for more information, please contact one of the offices below


Deborah Millward 01969 663379


Sonyia Elsey 01969 625896