2022 Branch Events

Field trips are open to all, with a small fee of £2 payable by none members. Annual membership is only £5 for an individual and represents excellent value, so either join in advance, or print off a membership form and join on the day.

Please note:
Remember to bring a packed lunch, stout footwear and waterproof clothing.

You may be at risk from Lyme Disease when you visit the countryside. Lyme Disease is a relatively uncommon infection in the UK but it has recently started to occur more frequently. It is caused by a bacterium carried by ticks. People who walk in the countryside, especially those walking through grass, rough vegetation or wild areas such as heathland, are more at risk.
For more information visit the Lyme Disease Action website.

Check the website for the latest status and updates on planned field trips.

Young persons under the age of 18 are welcome to attend all meetings. However, as the Yorkshire Branch of the BDS has no member registered under the Children’s Act, their parent or guardian must accompany them. The leader of an event should also be consulted in advance if children wish to attend.

Staveley Nature Reserve – Thursday 2nd June

In search of Hairy Dragonfly which has colonised the reserve.
Meet 10am at the reserve car park – SE369630, HG5 9LQ.
Approximately 3 hours, strong footwear recommended.
Leader – Keith Gittens
Contact –

Limb Brook, Sheffield – August 2022

Starting at Whirlow Park and ending at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.
Dates to be finalised.
Contact Alistair McLean nearer the time if interested at

River Dearne near Darfield – August 2022

Dates to be finalised.
Contact Alistair McLean nearer the time if interested at

Skipwith Common NNR – Sunday 21st August

IMPORTANT  Please note that the meeting point is different from that given previously.  
We will now be meeting up in the carpark on the Western side of the Common on King Rudding Lane which is off the A19 at Riccall.  
Grid Ref  SE 644373 at 10.00am

Joint meeting with Freshwater Habitats Trust to explore the numerous ponds of the heathland nature reserve.
Meet 10am at the reserve car park at SE669377.
Bring a packed lunch, strong footwear recommended.
Leaders – Keith Gittens and Anne Carter
Contact –

Gilling Lakes, Ampleforth – Saturday 3rd September

Joint meeting with Ryedale Natural History Society.
Meet 1.30pm at SE591766. Access to the meeting point via Gilling East.
Approximately 2.5 hours. Strong footwear recommended.
Leader – Keith Gittens
Contact –

Wykeham Lakes – Wednesday 14th September

A joint meeting with Cleveland Field Naturalists.
We will explore the fishing lakes and waterpark with particular emphasis on looking for the recent coloniser Willow Emerald Damselfly.
Meet 10:30am at SE98483 82907. This is a small parking area on the left as you enter the lakes complex. There is a cafe and toilets on site.
Bring a packed lunch, stong footwear recommended.
Leader – Keith Gittens
Contact –