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The Yoredale Natural History Society

Yoredale is the traditional name for Wensleydale 

The Society was founded in 1979, with the aim

of "promoting an interest in and an appreciation of natural

history, with particular reference to Wensleydale" 



Lesser Butterfly orchid

Flower detail 

Copyright Leonard Shepherd 


During the summer months there are around 15 outdoor field visits, mainly to local wildlife "hotspots"  

Common Blue Butterflies   

Copyright Christine Whitehead

Photographed on our July 3rd Field Trip

to Leyburn Glebe Field 


Members abilities range from beginner to full time working wildlife professionals


Help and guidance is available for those wishing

to learn more about most aspects of wildlife


The Society publishes a Bulletin each year,

usually in February,

to report on our activities in the previous year  


There is also a programme of winter lectures,

usually on the fourth Friday in the month,

at the Methodist Church Hall, Leyburn 


New members are very welcome 


  The current annual subscription is £10

Students £5; under 16s £5


To comply with our child protection policy children under 16 and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a parent or authorised guardian. 

To join the society, or for more information, please contact one of the offices below 


Deborah Millward 01969 663379


Sonia Elsey 01969 625896