YNU Conference 2017

The Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union conference will be held on Saturday the 8th April 2017 in Hendrix Hall, Heslington West Campus, University of York.   Please see the University website for directions. Parking is free in the campus car parks on weekends.

The conference theme is ‘Yorkshire’s natural history societies – for naturalists, for nature, for the future’.  

Please CLICK HERE to download the programme.

Yorkshire’s natural history societies have helped many generations of naturalists to engage with, study and record the natural world.  Recent technological, political and social changes have introduced a new paradigm in biological recording which presents both challenges and opportunities - how are traditional societies adapting to ensure they remain relevant to new generations?  Speakers from the YNU and affiliated societies will showcase current work and lead discussions about ideas for future projects, events and activities to support the understanding, enjoyment and conservation of Yorkshire’s natural history.

The keynote address will be delivered by Roger Morris, who is one of the organisers of the Hoverfly Recording Scheme and regularly writes on the subject of biological recording.  Roger is never one to step far away from controversy so his ideas should provide food for thought.

This will be followed by three sessions of presentations and group discussions: 

Session 1: For naturalists

- Inspiring new naturalists

- Developing skills in natural history

- Communicating with members and beyond

Session 2: For nature

- Studying and recording wildlife

- Turning records into information

- Conserving Yorkshire’s special places and species

Session 3: For the future

- Bigger, better, more joined-up – the future for Yorkshire’s natural history societies

Throughout the day there will be natural history displays, book sales and plenty of time for networking.  It will be a great opportunity to discuss the issues and suggestions raised by the recent YNU membership survey (see August 2016 issue of The Naturalist for details), and for newer members to meet others and find out more about the YNU.  Most importantly, we want these discussions to lead to action and better support from the YNU for our members and affiliated societies.  This is your society – please come along and have your say!

Conference tickets will be £25 for YNU members and £30 for non-members.  This includes the conference lunch and refreshments.   

If you would like to help facilitate group discussions, record actions or offer a 'quickfire' talk on any aspect of the topic 'Bigger, better, more joined-up - the future for Yorkshire's natural history societies', please contact the conference organiser, Paula Lightfoot, on p.lightfoot@btinternet.com  

If you would like to suggest themes or offer to help with future conferences, please click here.

For information and presentations from previous conferences, follow the links below:

2016: Names, Knowledge and Natural History, click here.

2015:  Museums and Natural History - the modern perspective, click here.

2012: Brownfield Sites and their Importance for Biodiversity, click here