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.



Bird Report 2013

Many members will be wondering what has happened to the 2013 Bird Report. Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances, publication has had to be delayed. Rather than rush it out, and thereby compromise on the high quality and standard which is synonymous with the report, the decision has been made to delay publication. However you can be assured that the report will be well worth reading.

2016 Events and Field Meetings

The 2016 calendar is now being prepared and will be sent to members with the next issue of The Naturalist

To help you plan your diaries in advance there is now a listing for all VC Field Meeting Dates up to 2020. See here for details.


News Items

John Newbold writes:

'It gave me great pleasure to nominate Bill Ely for the award of Honorary Membership of the NBN Trust, which was awarded by the NBN Chairman Professor Michael Hassel at this week's NBN Conference held at the Lakeside Centre York. Bill is the second YNU member to receive this award in the last three years as I was awarded the same award in 2013'

The YNU conference will be held on the 19th March at the National Science Learning Centre, York on the theme of "Names, knowledge and natural history - the importance of modern taxonomy to the amateur naturalist."  If you would be interested in giving a talk or chairing a workshop, please contact Paula Lightfoot on  Further details can be found here

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.  As of 17th october 2015 there are only 13 copies left
The NBN Trust, National Forum for Biological Recording and Biological Records Centre have instigated a new national award scheme for biological recording. The first awards will be announced as part of the NBN national conference in York in November. See here for full details


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)


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.  There are now only five 2012 Bird Reports left, so if you have not got one, please order now - see the 'Shop' link on the main menu bar.



Recording Wildlife

Recording and studying wildlife is the main focus of the YNU

Events and Field Meetings

Join us at one of our events in 2015


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


View current YNU publications and buy online

Conference 2014 and 2016

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

AGM and Annual Report

Download our Annual Reports and AGM minutes