Meetings

The Society holds regular indoor and outdoor meetings throughout the year. During the winter months, speakers are invited to the club to give entertaining talks on a wide variety of subjects, while in the summer months, field meetings are held at various locations where members can get to grips with the local wildlife.

All indoor meetings are held in the Quaker Meeting House, Thornhill Street, Wakefield, WF1 1NQ and commence at 7:30pm prompt. Annual membership is £10 per year, plus a £2 door fee. Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting but there is a £3 door fee per person.

2023/24 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 

INDOOR MEETINGS

Tuesday 12th  September – “Tiny Worlds” ~ Tim Jonas

Tim joins us to show us his wonderful photographic journey into the world of tiny creatures from spiders to ladybirds. Tim is an excellent macro photographer and this promises to be a great evening.

Tuesday 10th October – “A new woodland” ~ Steve Rutherford

A new face to the society, Steve will talk to us about the differences between planted woodland and secondary woodland and how they can be developed through studying established woods.

Tuesday 14th November  – “Wild Spain”  ~ Laurence Rose

Laurence is a recently retired writer, editor and conservationist & worked for the RSPB in various roles for many years. He has a passion for Spain and will be sharing his wildlife images. He will also have some of his books available for sale

Tuesday 12th December   “Hebridean Spring” ~ John Gardner

A look at some of the spectacular wildlife of the Outer Hebrides including hen harriers, corncrake, sea eagles and midges!

2024 Meetings

Tuesday 9th January 2024  – “Svalbard”  ~ Tim Melling

A welcome return from Tim Melling who is going to present his brand new and fully revised talk about Svalbard. Tim is a tour leader and regularly visits Svalbard and has amassed a wealth of knowledge about this incredible arctic location.

Tuesday 13th February 2024  –  “AGM followed by “A photographer’s year” ~ Ronald Marshall   

A familiar speaker to the club, Ron will show us what delights he’s been photographing over the past 12 months or so. There will be a wide variety of birds and butterflies in this talk.

Tuesday 12th March 2024  –  “Hungary – birds, butterflies and bugs” ~ Geoff Trinder 

Geoff is making a return visit to the club after a few years of absence. This talk covers his trips as a nature photographer to the steppes of Hungary and will cover a wide range of wildlife.

Tuesday 9th April 2024 – Members’ Night

The indoor meeting season closes with a selection of short presentations from our own membership. Always a great evening to look forward to.

 

OUTDOOR MEETINGS

All persons taking part in our field meetings do so at their own risk. Neither the Society or it’s officers will accept any responsibility for any injury, loss or damage howsoever sustained. Please wear suitable footwear for outdoor meetings and packed lunches are advisable on the more distant field trips.

NB All meetings subject to changes. Changes will be notified to members via email and social media

Sunday May 12th  2024 – Adwick Washlands

Meet 10:15am at the car park alongside Furlong Road at Harlington. Use postcode DN5 7FR

The reserve is an excellent place to observe many bird species including avocets, redshank and lapwing. There is chance of other waders, egrets and spoonbills as well as many species of warblers. The reserve is not far from RSPB Old Moor for those who would like to make a day of it.

Sunday June 16th 2024 – High Batts Nature Reserve, Ripon

Meet at the Quarry car park 10:15am. 2hrs walk round this private reserve for birds, insects and flowers.

To get to the Reserve take the B6108 from Ripon towards North Stainley. Immediately after Lightwater Valley on your left and before you get to North Stainley, there’s a slight hill and once over the brow there is a track going off to the right to Ripon Quarry, and this leads to the Reserve.  Follow this track down for about ¾ of a mile and at the first junction bear right (the left goes to the Quarry). As you near the Reserve there is a quarry haul road which crosses the road but there should be no traffic on it on Sunday and shortly after this you will come to the car park.

Sunday 14th July 2024 – Bishop’s Wood, Selby

POSTPONED DUE TO RAINY WEATHER

Due to rain – forecast for all day – there will be little chance of finding any butterflies so I have decided to postpone the meeting and we will look to visiting next Sunday (21st July).

Join us at this spectacular butterfly location which in 2023 had silver-washed fritillary, white-letter hairstreak, purple hairstreak and a whole raft of other butterflies. Meet at 10.00
Nearest postcode is YO8 3RD
By heading to this postcode, you should leave Sherburn-in-Elmet on B1222 heading to Cawood. At the crossroads, turn right onto Scalm Lane and after a few hundred yards, the road crosses over the east coast mainline. Once over the railway, watch out for a large track and parking on your left – DO NOT park here but continue for 500yds and you should see a track on both sides of the road forming a crossroads. This is where I will be parked so keep a look out and anyone getting lost ring me. 

Sunday August 11th, 2024

TBC

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