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Sunday June 28th. We will be travelling to Low Fremington.


Monday June 29th Downholme Bridge 10.00a.m.

Take the A6109 from either Leyburn or Richmond. Take the turning for Marske over a narrow bridge. There is a lay-by after 400m. Meeting Place SE109993. We surveying in the valley towards Marrick Park. Mrs Julia Carr has kindly given us permission to survey on her farm. My mobile 07703 565314 works here.


Tuesday June 30th  and Wednesday 1st July, 10.30a.m. Muker 10.30a.m.

Meet in the village car park SD972918 from where we will visit the Angram – Keld areas.


Thursday July 2nd  and Friday July 3rd  Braithwaite Hall 10.00a.m.

Take the road from East Witton to Coverham. Meeting place at SE11758590, best to park just through the field gate (bridleway) to the north in the field. There is no restriction on parking unless there will be more than say 10 cars?


Seb Mankelow (the Ranger) be there and will liaise with the tenant. It would be very valuable to have your opinion on the moorland condition, Braithwaite Wood (upland alder wood pasture, which is just starting an EWGS agreement) and the riverside woodland blocks have native large-leaved lime.The southern area is part of the Nidderdale Moors SSSI for breeding moorland birds. There are some calcareous fields to the south with the River Cover to the north.


As usual Adrian Norris and I will be staying at The Barn Home Farm Low Fremington from Sunday to Wednesday. Adrian will not be available Friday, but I will be staying in Ripon where there is reasonable mobile coverage. Mobile phone coverage is not good in the west part of the Dale and we can be contacted on 01748 884878 around 8.00am and 6.00pm in the evening. 


The Hudswell Wood survey has now passed through the National Trust reviews. There are some minor amendments to be accepted before the final .pdf document goes on the intranet. Andy Foster, the Senior Biological Surveyor in the Conservation Directorate has written a vote of thanks to the YNU for their assistance with updating the survey.


Thursday 13th and Friday 14th August. Beningbrough Hall. YO30 1DD SE

Meet 10.00am in the National Trust car park SE516586. The plan is to survey the garden as the National Trust has little information on garden biodiversity together with an assessment of the parkland and the riverbank. If you are not a National Trust member, bring your YNU membership card and I will arrange free admission.


I have copies of the Biological Conservation Assessments done in the 1990s for both these National Trust properties. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'My name is Rina 

I am a PhD student at the University of York.  I am doing a project on Environmental Monitoring as Participatory Science. For this project we would like to tap in the experiences of community members who are already involved in voluntary environmental monitoring through questionnaires
 and interviews. This experience can be of any type, from monitoring bird activities to being active in recording species on the nature reserve.

 Understanding people's motivations to volunteer in these kinds of activities will be very useful; we are particularly interested in the difficulties in getting people involved in such activities.'

If you are interested in helping Rina with her styudy then you can download the questionairre here

MapMate Users’ Group          

The YNU and Butterfly Conservation (Yorkshire Branch) have started a MapMate users group. The intention is to enable users to renew or join at a much reduced subscription rate (we need a minimum of 25 users but are aiming for 50 plus). The scheme will be administered by BC (Yorkshire Branch) and it will be open to members of both societies, affiliated groups and individuals. Penny Relf <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> will help in organising this.

We would like to compile a list of, names, email addresses and the MapMate unique identifiers (CUKs) of existing MapMate users interested in renewing their licences via this scheme. Potential users should also register their interest. If you wish to start using MapMate should contact the group to obtain an installation disk and be allocated a unique CUK.

Note: although the initiative is via the Lepidoptera Group there are many users who use MapMate for recording a wide range of other groups including plants and dragonflies and we would encourage them to join in with us.