Events and Field Meetings

The Yorkshire Naturalists' Union runs several exciting events and field meetings across the county every year, including:

  • Annual conference.  The 2017 YNU Conference was held on Saturday 8th April at the University of York on the subject of 'Yorkshire's Natural History Societies - for naturalists, for nature, for the future'.  Plans for the 2018 conference will be announced in due course.
  • Annual General Meeting. The YNU AGM took place at Fountains Abbey in Ripon on Saturday 5th November 2016, hosted by the Lower Ure Conservation Trust.  The next AGM will be on Saturday 18th November 2017 in the Bramall Learning Centre at the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate.  It will be hosted by the Harrogate and District Naturalists' Society, who celebrate their 70th anniversary this year.
  • Public events such as the Bioblitz at Scarborough in 2011 and the Festival of Ecology in 2013.  We regularly support bioblitzes and other public events run by other natural history organisations in Yorkshire.  Click here to download a useful guide to running a Bioblitz in Yorkshire.
  • Vice-county excursions.  Five field meetings per year at which members of all the different sections get together to record wildlife at a particular site in each of Yorkshire's five vice county. A full list of VC excursion dates up to 2020 is now available here.
  • Field meetings organised by each Section to record wildlife in a particular species group or a particular habitat.
  • Field Skills Introduction - every year we run an introduction to field skills for MSc students at Leeds University.  The next one takes place on the 20th September 2017.

All field meetings are free and non-members are very welcome to attend.  Dates and details of events can be found in the YNU membership card and on these web pages. For the latest news on 2017 events and field meetings see the links below.

Affiliated Events

Events organised by the YNU's Affiliated Societies

AGM and Annual Reports

AGM minutes and Annual Reports

All Events

A complete list of YNU events


The YNU events calendar is a public Google calendar.

Field Meetings

Field Meetings for 2017 have now been uploaded to the website.


A gallery of images collected from events held by the YNU:

VC Field Meetings 2017-20

Vice County Field Meetings Dates for 2017-2020

YNU Conference 2017

Saturday 8th April 2017, York

YNU Events Map

Interactive map of YNU and affiliated society events