Recording Yorkshire's wildlife for over 150 years.

The Yorkshire Naturalists' Union is devoted to studying and recording Yorkshire's flora and fauna.  We are an association of amateur and professional naturalists covering a wide range of aspects of natural history.  We are one of the country's oldest wildlife organisations, having celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2011.



Important Notice

There is a problem with the on-line payment system which is being looked into. Please do not order anything until further notice.

If you have a query about membership then please email Ellen Tidy -


2015 Events and Field Meetings - A  list for the 2015 Events and Field Meetings is now available.  Please use the main menu links below to see further details.

And so you can plan your diaries in advance there is now a listing for all VC Field Meeting Dates upto 2020. See here for details.


Upcoming Field Meetings

5th September Conchological Section Field Meeting to Fridaythorpe


News Items

YORKSHIRE HAWKWEEDS by Vincent Jones 2nd Printing 
The YNU Publication, YORKSHIRE HAWKWEEDS, sold out in early May. A second limited printing is now available at the price of £32.50 inclusive of postage & packing for orders within the UK. See here for full details.
The NBN has instigated a new national award scheme. The first of these awards will be announced as part of the NBN national conference in York in November. See here for full details
Details of the YNU Conference 2016 are available here.

The YNU's very own Sarah West featured twice on Springwatch Extra on the 8th June. Talking about her work promoting 'Citizen Science' with Brett Westwood in the morning (also got a plug in for the YNU) and with fellow Yorkshire lass Lindsey Chapman (from Beverley) in the afternoon. Too catch up with these fascinating conversations search the BBC iplayer for Springwatch Extra and they are programmes 25.


Rina Siyengwa is doing a Ph.D at the University of York and wants help in understanding why people volunteer to help in wildlife related activities. For further information see here


Bill Ely has posted his Ichneumon report for 2015. This can be downloaded here. He has also updated the Yorkshire Ichneumon lists. These can be downloaded here (Part 1) and here (part 2)


The Natural History Museum are looking for 'Orchid Observers and Recorders'. For full details see here


The 2013 editions of The Naturalist are now available as pdf downloads. See here for details.


The YNU and Butterfly Conservation have started a Mapmate Users Group. Please see here for further details.


John Bowers has written an item on the 'Rights of Members of Affiliated Societies' which was discussed at the Natural Sciences Forum and executive Meetings on14th March. Click here to read the article.


Paula Lightfoot has sent in some details about how the YNU's Online Recording is progressing. See the full article here.


Jill Warwick has been going through the Bird Reports stored at her home and has many back copies which are available to buy. See here for full details.



Recording Wildlife

Recording and studying wildlife is the main focus of the YNU

Conference 2014

Museums and Nature - the Modern Perspective. 22nd March 2014 Full Report.

AGM and Annual Report

Download our Annual Reports and AGM minutes

Events and Field Meetings

Join us at one of our events in 2015


We welcome new members, whatever their interests and level of experience