2017 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.

Saturday 18th February 2017 at 13:30
Indoor Meeting at Rawcliffe Bar
A1237/A19 junction north of York, YO30 5XZ York
The meeting will be held in the Rangers Office. We will be discussing events for the coming season. Come along have your say.

Sunday 11th June 2017 – Timble Ings, North Yorkshire
Timble Ings (SE156528)
Leader/Contact – Tom Hubball 01535 678334
E-mail –
Aim – To see how the extensive range of dragonfly ponds are maturing and to introduce new visitors to the various areas of this extensive site.
Meet – 10.30am at Swinsty Reservoir Car Park (Grid Ref: SE186537 – SatNav: LS21
2NP ) off A59 Harrogate-Skipton road. We will car share to Timble Ings as parking there is limited.

Sunday 11th June 2017 – Oakhill Nature Reserve and Goole Brick Ponds
(with Friends of Oakhill)
Goole, East Yorkshire
Leader/Contact – Paul Adams – 07702 889210
E-mail –
Meet -10.00am at small unsigned car park (SE 727231) adjacent to Tesco Distribution
Centre on Tom Pudding Way on the western outskirts of Goole, about half a mile from
junction 36 of the M62.

Saturday 24th June 2017, Leeds Bird Fair – Rodney Nature Reserve
Moss Bridge Road, Leeds, LS13 1HP
9.30 am to 4.00pm. Free entry
YDG will be running a stall
Contact – Keith Gittens – 01347 868606
E-mail –
For full details go to Rodley Nature Reserve website at

Sunday 2nd July 2017 – Insect Festival Museum Gardens York
10.00am to 4.00pm
YDG will be running a stall
Contact Tom Hubball for further details – 01535 678334
For further details go to Royal Entomological Society website –

Sunday 16th July 2017 – World’s End Strensall
Joint meeting with Freshwater Habitats Trust
Meet at 10.00am at Lords Moor Lane Car Park SE64856121
Leaders – Keith Gittens/Anne Heathcote
Contact – Anne 07939 122595 E-mail –
For further details go to Freshwater Habitats Trust website at

Saturday 22nd July – Pocklington Canal
(joint visit with Canal and River Trust)
A walk along the lower stretches.
Leader – Martin Roberts – 01904 761918:
Meet – 10.30 am at Hagg Bridge on the B1228 east of Sutton upon Derwent (SE
717451). Park east of the bridge with additional limited parking in small lay-by on west side.

Sunday 13th – August – Jugger Howe, Fylingdales Moor
Joint meeting with Cleveland Field Naturalists
Leader/Contact – Keith Gittens
Contact – Keith Gittens – 01347 868606
E-mail –
Aims – Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Keeled Skimmer
Meet – 10.30am. Park in layby off the A171 at NZ945002 walking access the moor to Jugger Howe beck. If time permits we will visit Harwood Dale ponds also.