YNU Conference 2018

The Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union conference will be 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.'

Click here to download the conference programme.

The deadline for booking is Friday 30th March - please book now to avoid disappointment!

  • To book online at the YNU members' rate, click here
  • To book online at the non-members' rate, click here
  • Click here to download a postal booking form and pay by cheque

Conference tickets are £25 for YNU members and £30 for non-members.  This includes the conference lunch and refreshments.  Affiliated Societies of the YNU may book one place per society at the members' rate.

Call for displays and posters

We would like to invite posters or displays about any aspect of the theme of non-native species.  These are a great way to showcase local conservation work, research or interesting sightings.  If you would like to offer a poster or display, please contact Paula Lightfoot on webmaster@ynu.org.uk

Session 1: 

The morning session will discuss the research and recording of non-native species, including horizon scanning and international collaboration, new surveillance techniques and technology, the role of citizen science and the resources available to support identification and recording, from checklists and ID guides to websites and apps.  This session will begin with a keynote talk by Professor Helen Roy from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.   Helen’s research focuses on the effects of environmental change on insect populations and communities, particularly the dynamics of invasive non-native species and their effects on biodiversity. Helen has led several major citizen science initiatives, coordinated key projects to improve the accessibility of data on non-native species and co-authored the popular Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals in Britain (Bloomsbury, 2015).  

Session 2: 

The afternoon session will focus on the management of non-native species and the implications for biodiversity conservation.  The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Chris Thomas, University of York, who has carried out extensive research on why and how species respond to climate change and to the arrival of non-native species, which can result in biodiversity gains as well as losses.  Chris has had strong influence on conservation policy and practice; with his research group he has developed conservation strategies that will enable species to survive in a time of rapid environmental change.

Both sessions include a great range of talks presenting case studies of research, recording and conservation – there is sure to be something of interest to all YNU members!   Throughout the day there will be natural history displays, book sales and plenty of time for networking.  It will be a fantastic opportunity for newer members to meet others and find out more about the YNU.  

For information and presentations from previous conferences, follow the links below:

2017: Yorkshire's Natural History Societies - for naturalists, for nature, for the future, click here

2016: Names, Knowledge and Natural History, click here

2014: Museums and Natural History - the modern perspective, click here

2012: Brownfield Sites and their Importance for Biodiversity, click here