YNU Annual Conference and Exhibition

The 2020 YNU conference is being organised in partnership with the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre (NEYEDC).  The conference will take place on Saturday 28th March in the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, on the theme of biological recording for conservation management.  Booking is now open, and will close on the 25th March 2020.

The conference will include talks, displays and discussions about local evidence-based conservation, with a particular focus on using biological records to inform adaptive management.  With examples from across Yorkshire, covering a wide range of species and habitats from the uplands and urban areas to the coast, 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 great opportunity for newer members to meet others and find out more about the YNU.  

The programme will be available soon, but in the meantime we are delighted to announce the following speakers:

  • Rachael Bice, CEO Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Keynote address
  • Wendy English and Wendy Holliday, Whitby Naturalists' Club - Buckthorn for Brimstones Project
  • Richard Baines, Yorkshire Coast Nature - North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project
  • Sue Hull, University of Hull, Biodiversity enhancements in the Runswick Bay coastal protection scheme
  • Gordon Haycock, Haycock and Jay Associates Ltd
  • Robyn Guppy, Haycock and Jay Associates Ltd, Species-rich neutral grassland management on roadside verges in Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

Conference tickets are £25 for YNU members and £35 for non-members.  This includes the conference lunch and refreshments.  Follow the links below to book your place:

If you would like to bring a poster or display on the theme of biological recording for conservation management, please contact the conference organiser, Paula Lightfoot, on p.lightfoot@btinternet.com or 07539 340128.

If you would like to suggest future conference themes or offer to help to organise a conference or recorders' forum, please use this form.

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

2019: NatureHack - new tools and technology for recording and conservation, click here

2018: Non-Native Species - research, recording and the conservation agenda, click here

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