Founded 1889 – Affiliated to Yorkshire Naturalists' Union

Staxton Nature reserve for butterflies and insects @ Staxton Nature reserve
Jul 28 @ 10:00 – 13:00

A second chance to look for butterflies and insects on the reserve, in particular looking for White-letter hairstreak on the Elms. Meet at the reserve and park on the grass just inside the entrance rather than in the road please.

Open Garden event Broxa 3rd August
Aug 3 @ 14:00 – 16:30

I have had this message from Ian Popely regarding an event which we have supported in the past. For our new members Pauline served on the Scarborough Nats committee for many years and was also an avid botany and butterfly surveyor.

Just to let you all know that I am planning to hold a final Open Garden in memory of Pauline at Broxa this year, on Saturday 3rd August(on what would have been her 70th Birthday), between 2.00 and 4:30pm. at 2, Red Briar Cottages Broxa YO13 0BP

There will be good company, cakes etc., a book stall, plant sales and the garden’s phlox should be in full flower.

There is no entrance fee, but donations towards refreshments would be welcomed.

If you cannot make it on the day, but wish to make a donation to APF in memory of Pauline, you can find details on

So far over £5000 has been raised for APF research.

As it is the final Open Garden at Broxa I am holding a special raffle and there are two amazing prizes. Pauline purchased an award winning Phlox watercolour ( value £1200) and a limited edition print ( value £150) and raffle tickets can be purchased at £10 each and I hope to draw the winning ticket on the day. 1st Prize: the original painting.  2nd prize: The Print ( photos attached).

I hope you feel this is a good idea. I will also invite RHS Hardy Plant Society members as well as friends of Pauline for this final celebration.

YNU visit to Castle Howard 10th and 11th August
Aug 10 @ 10:30 – Aug 11 @ 15:30

Meet Bog Hall SE725707.

We have privileged access to a private part of the estate which includes ancient woodland, wetland and veteran trees. This is a 2-day meeting, not a residential, so members can attend either or both days.

Contact: Sarah White for details

Bat survey – Pexton Pond
Aug 24 @ 19:15 – 21:45

A point survey of Pexton Ponds and the adjacent water bodies. FC are planning to make some alterations to the site and are keen to know what bats are using the area.

Staithes Boat trip 1st September
Sep 1 @ 07:30 – 11:30

Another chance to go whale watching from Staithes. The trip will be departing at 07.30hrs. We will not be booking directly through the Nats but it is up to individuals to do their own booking and mention Scarborough Nats. The contact details are ‘Sean at  01947 840278’ More details can be obtained at See below for more details. There are currently 5 members booked and we will try and organise car sharing nearer the date,

We will meet you on the far end of the seafront at Staithes, near the harbour office, then guide you down to the boat from there. Please allow at least 30 minutes to get from the carpark, at the top of the hill, onto the seafront and then down the pier to the boat. Access on / off the boat will be via a ladder, the tide will determined how much or little of a climb is needed.

The cost is £50.00 per person for the trip. We normally take payment on the day as the trip is dependant on weather.

If you do need to cancel the trip we would appreciate as much notice as possible to enable us to offer your places to others.

Please Note:

  • We do ask that you call us the day before the trip, just to check that the weather is OK for the trip to go ahead.
  • We cannot guarantee that whales, dolphins or certain seabirds will be spotted on every trip but if they are there Sean will usually spot them..
  • Please bring with you warm, waterproof clothing & sturdy footwear as well as sun cream..! any refreshments you may require and don’t forget your camera.

Filey Dams bat survey
Sep 6 @ 18:30 – 21:45

A point survey of Filey Dams  as a follow up to our June visit and we will be looking to see if we can find Nathusius’ pipistrelles amongst the bats found. Meet at the main car park.

Second recorders meeting @ Scarborough Rugby Club
Sep 10 @ 19:30 – 21:00

A report on some of the Societies activities in 2023/4 by various recorders including botany and fungi.

Grosmont bat survey
Sep 13 @ 18:30 – 21:30

We will be supporting Whitby Nats in a point survey of the Grosmont area. Details to follow.

Burton Riggs bat survey
Sep 20 @ 18:15 – 21:00

A point survey of the YWT Burton Riggs reserve and adjacent water bodies to see what bats are using the area and particularly looking for Nathusius’ pipistrelles. Meet at the main entrance to the reserve.

Keldy Bat box check.
Sep 28 all-day

We will be checking the bat boxes here. Bring a packed lunch and suitable footwear. We will be following similar guidelines as last year regarding the wearing of gloves and FFP3 masks. I will have these available for any East or North Yorkshire bat group members. Anyone who has recently had covid, or has been in contact with someone who has, must provide a negative test result. Please contact Nick Gibbons if you are interested in attending.