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The Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union conference was held on Saturday 7th April 2018 in the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, on the theme of ‘Non-native species: research, recording and the conservation agenda'.

Our sincere thanks to all the speakers, chairs and exhibitors for making it such a successful, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable event!  The programme, abstracts and list of exhibitors and presentations can be downloaded below.


Presentations (Download Here)

  • Keynote talk: Helen Roy, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 'Unravelling the Ecology of Non-native Species to inform Strategy'
  • Roger Morris, Hoverfly Recording Scheme 'New arrivals: non-native species or opportunists in a changing world? Case studies of some British hoverflies'
  • Jane Pottas, Yorkshire Naturalists' Union 'Stranger on the Shore'
  • Julien Courant, Paris Natural History Museum 'Potential impacts of the invasive African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis, in France'
  • Jasmine Brar, Yorkshire Naturalists' Union 'Effect of Giant Hogweed on the Ecosystem'
  • Keynote talk: Chris Thomas, University of York 'The dynamics of nature in a time of environmental change'
  • Olaf Booy, GB Non-Native Species Secretariat 'UK strategy for non-native species management'
  • Phillip Whelpdale, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust 'The good, the bad and the ugly - landscape scale conservation and non-native species'
  • Alison Dunn, University of Leeds 'Biosecurity - how can we embed good biosecurity in our activities to reduce the spread of invasive non-native species?'
  • Suzy Wood, CABI 'Biocontrol in the UK - finding natural solutions to invasive plant problems'
  • Roger Key, Yorkshire Naturalists' Union 'The Kiwi invasion of Fairyland - tackling invasive species on St Helena'

Wow what a great month!  This bumper edition with loads of sightings includes more than usual moths and butterflies. It was a really good month for our rare breeding butterflies at several sites, the most significant being good news about the now famous Duke of Burgundys, with new naturally colonised new breeding sites and bigger numbers!  Several rare migrant moths were recorded, included the fabulously named Purple Cloud, a second record for Yorkshire at Spurn.  On the bird front, the Lower Derwent Valley scored with some great Corncrake news, and a rush of migrants late in the month included lots of scarce birds at Spurn and Flamborough.  For lots more wildlife news, read the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature.

Photos clockwise from top left: Rosy Starling by John Harwood, Scorched Wing by Allan Rodda and Duke of Burgundy butterflies by Lindsey Bowes.

(30th May 2018)

April was a month of huge contrasts in the weather from “Hull will be hotter than Istanbul today” to a return to winter temperatures at the end of the month. Despite this there were a lot of great birds and other wildlife around. The coast sparkled with scarce birds from Firecrests, Hawfinches and a few beautiful Red-rumped Swallows. Many of our summer songbirds arrived back just about on time but there were a few really early sightings such as the first singing Turtle Dove on the 6th! Many butterflies emerged mid-month in the tropical weather along with excited moth trappers only to rush back for cover at the end of the month! The rarest bird prizes of the month go to the male Pallid Harrier floating across the M62 and a surprise Flamborough garden Olive-backed Pipit late in the month.

For more wildlife sightings click here to read the full article by Richard Baines of Yorkshire Coast Nature.

Photos clockwise from top left: Streamer by Damian Money, Ring Ouzel by Damian Money, Red-rumped and Barn Swallow by John Hewitt