Events and Field Meetings

Under normal circumstances the Yorkshire Naturalists' Union aims to run several exciting events and field meetings across the county every year (see below). This year Covid-19 has curtailed some of these but the programme of meetings currently planned can be accessed here.


The Yorkshire Naturalists' Union runs several exciting events and field meetings across the county every year, including:

  • Annual conference. Unfortunately the 2020 YNU conference and exhibition, due to be a joint event with the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre on biological recording for conservation management, had to be cancelled because of Covid-19.  Information on previous years' conferences can be found on our conference page
  • Annual General Meeting. In view of the continuing health threats posed by Covid-19, the Executive decided that the AGM in 2020, originally scheduled for 10th October in Settle, should not go ahead as planned.  Instead it was postponed until the same time in 2021 and Judith Allinson will remain as President until then. The accounts and annual report for 2019-20, which are formally approved by the Executive, will be made available online, when members may raise any queries they might have with the Treasurer ( One co-opted Trustee is standing down (no other Trustees complete their 3-year term of office this year) so there will be just one vacancy. Any YNU member interested in becoming a trustee should contact a member of the Executive.
  • Public events such as the Bioblitz at Scarborough in 2011 and the Festival of Ecology in 2013.  We regularly support bioblitzes and other public events run by other natural history organisations in Yorkshire.  In 2017 we took part in the BTO Yorkshire Conference, Leeds BirdFair, RES Insect Festival and Spurn Migration Festival.  Click here to download a useful guide to running a Bioblitz in Yorkshire.
  • Vice-county excursions.  Five field meetings per year at which members of all the different sections get together to record wildlife at a particular site in each of Yorkshire's five vice county. 
  • Field meetings organised by each Section to record wildlife in a particular species group or a particular habitat.
  • Field Skills Introduction - every year we run an introduction to field skills for MSc students at Leeds University.  Unfortunately, the one originally scheduled in 2020 had to be cancelled because of Covid-19. We are currently reviewing the situation for 2021.

All field meetings are free and non-members are very welcome to attend.  Dates and details of events can be found in the YNU membership card and on these web pages. Please follow the links below for more information.

Affiliated Events

Events organised by the YNU's Affiliated Societies

AGM and Annual Reports

AGM minutes and Annual Reports

All Events

A complete list of YNU events


A gallery of images collected from events held by the YNU: