Founded 1889 – Affiliated to Yorkshire Naturalists' Union

July 11th . (Saturday) – Visit to Driffield Beck/Canal and Tophill Low. Meet 10am Crown Tavern Falsgrave Road, Scarbrough for car sharing.
Jul 11 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Dear Member,
Subject:  Scarborough Field Naturalists’ Visit to Tophill Low Nature Reserve – Saturday, 11th July
This coming Saturday we will meet at the Crown Tavern, Falsgrave Road at 10:00am and from there, car sharing where possible, drive to Tophill Low, 4 miles from Watton village on the A164 Beverley to Driffield road.  Post code for those of you with Sat Navs:   YO25 9RH.












Tophill Low NR is an active Yorkshire Water Treatment Works and features 12 hides spread across a 300 acre site that flanks the River Hull.  The two reservoirs ‘D’ and ‘O’ dominate the reserve and have SSSI status for their massive wildfowl numbers.  Around the perimeter a network of marshes, ponds, woodlands and grasslands result in an annual 160+ bird species.  There are toilet facilities in the car park.












Meet:          10:00am Crown Tavern (corner of Falsgrave Road and Scalby Road)







Time:           10:00am – 3:00pm  –  bring a packed lunch


Admission Charge:    – 

Per person £3.30 for adults and £1.50 for concessions (16 and under / 65 and over / registered disabled).  Day tickets are available from the car park ticket machine.  Please keep your ticket with you rather than displaying in the car as you may be asked to produce it around the Reserve. 



Leader:            Janice Morritt 


Conditions/Terrain:  Field trips are never rushed but always take extra care when walking ‘off path’.   Please come equipped for a walk in the countryside and bring waterproof clothing. 






Access to most of the reserve is via easy access paths in general, though the few mown paths can become muddy when wet.  Currently the ‘D’ Reservoir car park, North Marsh, Hempholme Meadows, North Lagoon, South Lagoon Main and South Marsh East hides are wheelchair accessible.  






Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children should be kept under close control.  Dogs are not permitted on the reserve nor are to be left in cars. 






22nd September. Evening Visit to Ravenscar Quarries & Old Railway Track. CANCELLED
Sep 22 all-day
13 Oct. Lecture: Carol Hobart – Fungi Throughout the Year. @ Room WO27
Oct 13 @ 19:30 – 21:30
24 Oct. (Saturday). Fungus Foray. Saturday Field trip. Fordon – see below for location.
Oct 24 @ 10:30

RE: Fungi Foray
Saturday 24th October – 10.30 am

Meeting north of Fordon (on the Flixton-Fordon Road) at the head of Lang Dale, where the Centenary Way leaves the road and heads westTA048777.
Plenty of parking on the wide verge, though for those with ordinary cars they are better parked nearer to the footpath gate as it is more even there. 

The area we will look at is the Nicker Pits bit of Lang Dale, which though not a SSSI is a lovely bit of unimproved chalk grassland with a really good chalk flora – lots of rock rose, thyme, clustered bellflower, salad burnet etc.  It is open access.  As it is not SSSI it is heavily sheep grazed which seems to be perfect for grassland fungi.  Last year it had a fantastic range – lots of different species of Entoloma, Wax Caps, Earth Tongues, Puffballs, Galerina etc in huge abundance. So if the weather conditions have been favourable then there should be plenty to look at. 

The hillside is rather steep, but otherwise not particularly hazardous (mainly short turf), and will especially suit people with one leg longer than the other!  So boots with good ankle support are advised.   Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children should be kept under close control.   

10 Nov. Lecture: Inshore Fisheries – N.E. Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority. @ Room WO27
Nov 10 @ 19:30 – 21:30

David McCandless, Chief Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Officer for North Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority will give a brief overview in terms of the background and history of NEIFCA to be followed by one of my Environmental and Scientific Officers who will present on some of our local research and monitoring work.

With so much of our marine wildlife affected by fishing the talk will provide a fascinating insight into the science behind fish stock management.

24 Nov. Open Meeting. Please bring along photos, videos or items of interest to share at this informal meeting. @ Room WO27
Nov 24 @ 19:30 – 21:30
08 Dec. AGM. Followed by ‘ Wild Shetland’ a lecture by professional award winning wildlife photographer and director of Yorkshire Coast Wildlife Steve Race. @ Room WO27
Dec 8 @ 19:30 – 21:30
12 Jan. Round up 2015 – A chance for members to showcase some of their findings over the last year. @ Room WO27
Jan 12 @ 19:30 – 21:15

A chance for members to showcase some of their findings over the last year.

26 Jan. River Derwent project. Speaker John Shannon of ‘East Yorkshire Rivers Trust’. @ Room WO27
Jan 26 @ 19:30 – 21:15

Speaker John Shannon of 'East Yorkshire Rivers Trust'.

The River Derwent is one of the regions most important rivers. John Shannon talks about the work going on by various organisations to make sue it stays the way and gets even better.

23 Feb Nest recording. Carl Barrymore of British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) @ WO27
Feb 23 @ 19:30 – 21:15

We are all wary of diturbing birds at nests but Carl Barrymore from the BTO will talk about how important nest recording is and how to get involved.