Working Parties

Conservation Work Groups

Get your hands dirty with real conservation work improving habitats and curbing scrub ingress in some of best sites in Yorkshire. Work groups go out from November till the end of March, usually a Sunday 10am -3pm. All tools are provided and everyone including escorted children are welcome so bring the whole family. We are a friendly bunch and there is a great exchange of ideas and experiences and new friends are made. There is great satisfaction at the end of day looking back at what everyone has achieved when it seemed impossible when you started! If we are lucky at the end of a cold day we get to go for a warming cuppa at a local cafe or best of all a clear up bonfire with embers used for jacket potatoes... nothing tastes quite that good after hard graft!

See below drop downs for dates, locations and who to contact.

Saturday 12th March 2022: Hawnby (Sneck Yate Car Park) To register contact Robert Parks by email r.parks13@yahoo.com

These work parties have been set up to undertake thinning of hazel and hawthorn scrub on an important Duke of Burgundy site in Hawnby.

This site is on a steep slope so those who volunteer do need to be confident of their ability to walk and work on steep hillsides. You will need stout walking boots (and walking poles if you find these helpful to keep balance on slopes). We hope to provide transport to the site which is quite remote using a 4WD vehicle.

We will meet at 9.30 am at the Sneck Yate Car Park (SE512881) which is about 2 miles north of the North York Moors National Park visitor centre.

This work party will be led by Robert Parks our species coordinator for Duke of Burgundy and will provide an opportunity to learn about our work to conserve this rare butterfly. It will be of interest to anyone who wants to see the sites we are managing on private land and learn about the management techniques we are using for the butterfly. The work itself involves selective thinning of invasive scrub using bow saws and loppers to maintain suitable habitat for the butterfly.

Equipment will be provided including gloves and safety goggles but you are welcome to bring your own. A briefing will be provided when you arrive on site concerning the work and the site risk assessment which is published HERE

Booking is essential so we know how many to expect and can contact you in the event of cancellation due to weather etc. If you want to come please email Robert on r.parks13@yahoo.com giving your email address, postcode, and a phone number on which you can be contacted.

Please come in suitable outdoor work clothing and bring a packed lunch and drink.

Sunday 13th March 2022: Yatts Farm, Pickering To register contact Nick Hall by email nick.hall@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

10am to 3pm 2022: Sunday 13th March

Grid reference SE 811884 nearest post code YO18 8JW

Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire assists in the management of this important privately owned site. 24 species of butterfly were recorded here in 2019 and the reappearance of the Duke of Burgundy makes this season's habitat management even more important. The site also hosted some of the highest counts of Dark Green Fritillary (more than 100 observed last year) along with Silver-washed Fritillary which has reappeared after a long absence. We will be carrying our scrub clearance to help to improve the habitat for the Duke of Burgundy.

Directions: From Pickering proceed past the railway station and continue along Undercliffe for 0.7miles. Cross the level crossing and continue along Yatts Road. After 2 miles, Yatts Farm is on the left. To prevent inconconvenience for local residents and traffic, please park on the east road grass verge. We will meet here before proceeding along the public footpath through the farmyard and south west into the valley ensuring that the farm gates are closed behind us.

Be aware the slope is steep.

Wear robust clothes and stout boots.

Gloves and tools will be provided.

Bring a packed lunch and drinks.

There are no facilities at this site.

Please let Nick know if you plan to attend. If the weather is unsuitable he will contact you before 9am.

Sunday 20th March 2022: Gundale, Pickering To register contact Nick Hall by email nick.hall@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

10am to 3pm 2022: Sunday 13th March

Grid reference SE 811884 nearest post code YO18 8JW

Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire assists in the management of this important privately owned site. 24 species of butterfly were recorded here in 2019 and the reappearance of the Duke of Burgundy makes this season's habitat management even more important. The site also hosted some of the highest counts of Dark Green Fritillary (more than 100 observed last year) along with Silver-washed Fritillary which has reappeared after a long absence. We will be carrying our scrub clearance to help to improve the habitat for the Duke of Burgundy.

Directions: From Pickering proceed past the railway station and continue along Undercliffe for 0.7miles. Cross the level crossing and continue along Yatts Road. After 2 miles, Yatts Farm is on the left. To prevent inconconvenience for local residents and traffic, please park on the east road grass verge. We will meet here before proceeding along the public footpath through the farmyard and south west into the valley ensuring that the farm gates are closed behind us.

Be aware the slope is steep.

Wear robust clothes and stout boots.

Gloves and tools will be provided.

Bring a packed lunch and drinks.

There are no facilities at this site.

Please let Nick know if you plan to attend. If the weather is unsuitable he will contact you before 9am.