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 and links to more information can be found below:
Session 1: For Naturalists
- Andy Millard, YNU - Introduction (download presentation)
- Roger Morris, Hoverfly Recording Scheme - (Keynote Address) A new paradigm for biological recording (download presentation)
- Roger Key, YNU - From bug safaris to training workshops: outreach to inspire new generations (download presentation)
- Derek Whiteley, Sorby Natural History Society - A survival manual for natural history societies (download presentation)
- Wendy English, Whitby Naturalists' Club - Communicating with members and beyond (download presentation)
Session 2: For Nature
- Dave Chesmore and Andy Grayson, YNU - Long term monitoring of a habitat creation project (download presentation)
- Phillip Whelpdale, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - In search of conservation evidence (download presentation)
- Mark Wills and Clare Langrick, North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre - Monitoring, maps and models: biological records for better local decisions (download presentation)
- 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 (download presentation)
- Nicky Dobson, University of Hull - Capturing our Coast (download presentation)
- Sharon Flint, YNU Freshwater Ecology Section - Moth trapping for riverflies (download presentation)
- Paula Lightfoot, YNU - Events map on YNU website (download presentation)
- 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, click here to download a full list of exhibitors with links to more information about their organisations and projects. The notes from the discussion workshops are being collated and will be circulated asap.
We are keen to hold a conference in spring 2018. Two possible themes which have been suggested include non-native species in Yorkshire and exploitation of resources in Yorkshire's national parks. If you would like to suggest themes or get involved with the organisation of future conferences, please click here or contact Paula Lightfoot on firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and presentations from previous conferences, follow the links below:
2016: Names, Knowledge and Natural History, click here.
2015: Museums and Natural History - the modern perspective, click here.
2012: Brownfield Sites and their Importance for Biodiversity, click here