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The Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union conference was held on Saturday the 8th April 2017 at the University of York on the theme of Yorkshire’s natural history societies – for naturalists, for nature, for the future.  It was attended by 95 members and friends and was a thoroughly enjoyable event!  Our sincere thanks to the speakers, chairs, exhibitors and all the delegates who participated so enthusiastically.  

Presentations (Download Here)

Session 1: For Naturalists

  • Andy Millard, YNU - Introduction 
  • Roger Morris, Hoverfly Recording Scheme - (Keynote Address) A new paradigm for biological recording 
  • Roger Key, YNU - From bug safaris to training workshops: outreach to inspire new generations 
  • Derek Whiteley, Sorby Natural History Society - A survival manual for natural history societies 
  • Wendy English, Whitby Naturalists' Club - Communicating with members and beyond 

Session 2: For Nature

  • Dave Chesmore and Andy Grayson, YNU - Long term monitoring of a habitat creation project 
  • Phillip Whelpdale, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - In search of conservation evidence 
  • Mark Wills and Clare Langrick, North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre - Monitoring, maps and models: biological records for better local decisions 
  • Helen Kirk, Thorne and Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum - Inkle Moor: a hidden gem unwarped in time (more information)

Session 3: For the future (quickfire talks!)

  • Richard Baines, Yorkshire Coast Nature (more information)
  • Alice Crosby, Nidderdale AONB - The Wild Watch
  • Nicky Dobson, University of Hull - Capturing our Coast 
  • Sharon Flint, YNU Freshwater Ecology Section - Moth trapping for riverflies 
  • Paula Lightfoot, YNU - Events map on YNU website 
  • Geoff Oxford, YNU - A new photographic field guide to British spiders (more information)
  • Will Watts, Hidden Horizons (more information)

There was a wonderful selection of natural history displays provided by YNU members and affiliated societies.