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Winter Meetings will be listed here and are held at the Leyburn Methodist Church hall 07.30pm ( usually last Friday of the month but please check)


All events are free for YNHS members.

There is a charge of £5 for adult visitors and £2 for students and under 16s attending with a responsible adult 



Friday 12th April: Yordas Cave

Meet 2:00pm at Yordas Cave, near Ingleton OS grid ref SD 7055 7905.

Experience an underground Limestone Cave. Torch and wellingtons are ESSENTIAL, limited to 12 members - book by email to If oversubscribed a second event may be possible. The date may change in the event of heavy rain.

Len Shepherd

Friday 3rd May: Nosterfield Nature Reserve

Meet 2:00pm at Nosterfield Nature Reserve Car Park

West Tanfield DL8 2QX.

Walk to visit Lower Ure Conservation Trust wild plant nursery to hear about the vast quantities of sedges grown from seed to restore a fen at this important wetland grassland and also calcareous flowers to restore the neighbouring hedges.

Deborah Millward 01969 663379.

Thursday 9th May: Redmire

Meet 10:30am at Hargill Lane, Redmire, (near railway)

OS grid ref SE 04428 91539

Approx 2 miles gentle walking to Castle Bolton, return on quiet roads, to see spring flowers, new woodland and pasture. Boggy in places. With the possibility of lunch at the newly re-opened Redmire Village Pub. Limited parking, please car share.

Jennie White 01969 624630.

Thursday 16th May: Scorton Lakes

Meet 10:00am at Scorton Lakes South Car Park

OS grid ref SE 242 996.

3-4 mile easy walk, (2-2.5 hours) around various lakes and paths bird watching, including summer migrants, plus flowers, butterflies and dragonflies, weather permitting.

Mary Atkins 07711 284430 and Janet Hutchinson.

Tuesday 11th June: Jervaulx Abbey

Meet 2:00pm at Jervaulx Abbey Car Park (opposite side of road to Abbey)

OS grid ref SE 169 857.

Gentle stroll around Abbey ruins looking at wildflowers.

Liz Barron 01969 622536.

Tuesday 25th June: Deer Walk

Meet 10:30am at Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre Car Park,

HG4 3DY. OS grid ref SE 272 687.

A walk of about 2.5 miles through Studley Royal Deer Park, hearing about and seeing the three species of deer who roam here and looking at the magnificent parkland. Free access to the walk, café, and facilities at the Visitor Centre.

With an opportunity to afterwards visit the Abbey and Grounds National Trust, free to members, payable charge for others.

Mike Gibson 01677 423680.

Friday 5th July: Weybeck Pasture

Meet 10:30am or 2:00pm (book slot to limit trampling) at Weybeck Pasture, near Arnecliffe OS grid ref SD 968 692,

Described as “Botanical Heaven” by YWT, with wildflowers, butterflies, grasses and mosses.

where parking is challenging, please car share.

Len Shepherd. Email:

Saturday July 13th: Bishop Middleham Quarry

Nature Reserve

Meet at 2:00pm at Bishop Middleham Quarry Nature Reserve, DL17 9EE.

Managed by Durham Wildlife Trust, this nine hectare SSSI of magnesian limestone grassland supports a profusion of species including Dark Red Helleborine and Northern Brown Argus Butterfly. Easy walking, the visit could last over two hours with so much to see.

Limited roadside parking, please car share

Caroline Stott 07817 681029 and Ann Luxmoore 07771 522412. 

****CHANGE OF DATE to SATURDAY 20th July at 10.00am****

( was 23rd July) Askrigg Village

Meet at 2;00pm at Askrigg Village Car Park, OS grid ref SD 951 912.

A stroll along the river.

Sue Peckitt 07939 147301.

Saturday August 3rd: Moth Trapping

Meet at 10:00am in Horsehouse Village Hall (refreshments and toilets available)

OS grid ref SE 0471 8136.

Anne will have put out a Moth Trap the previous night and we will be looking at some of the weird and wonderful specimens found. Bring a packed lunch. This event is weather-dependent, if too poor for moth trapping all YNHS members will be notified by email by 7pm on Friday 2nd August - please check your email.

Anne Readshaw 01969 640448.

Saturday August 17th: Mearbeck Farm

A visit to Mearbeck Farm, Long Preston.

Skipton BD23 4QP

For a talk/walk on farming and conservation with Anthony Bradley.

Gaby Bird 07496 606737    Caroline Stott 07817 681029.

**As an affiliated society to Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union, members of YNHS are eligible to attend their events too! **

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