Barnsley Nats brings together people who share an interest in natural history and the wildlife of the Barnsley area.
We normally have a programme of meetings and field visits throughout the year. However we regret that indoor meetings were suspended from March due to the Covid-19 restrictions at Barnsley Town Hall.
Field visits too were also suspended in 2020 – although we had one in July 2020, a visit to the Strafford mine water treatment area (Boylins) for the reedbeds, grassland and wooded areas there.
In the meantime we kept in touch via a newsletter of observations and information. Items from them were also posted on this website: http://www.barnsleynats.org.uk/
The meetings from March 2020 on the published programme did not take place.
The 2020 programme as published:
Indoor meetings are normally held every fortnight from October to April on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at the Town Hall in Barnsley. Use the Experience Barnsley entrance.
Field visits are usually held on the second Saturday of each month, starting at 10am, and on Wednesday evenings in the summer.
Further information on the resumption of meetings and field visits will be published on our Home page and on our mailing list.
Wednesday January 8th
Barnsley’s Small Blue butterflies, a presentation by Alwyn Timms
Saturday January 11th
Field visit: Barnsley Canal and Wilthorpe Marsh, Leaders: Peter and Annefie Roberts
Wednesday January 22nd
Short presentations, finds, images and anecdotes by members
Wednesday February 5th
Hedgerows in the Landscape, a presentation by Catherine Artindale
Saturday February 8th
Field visit: Rockley, Leader: Geoff Jackson
Wednesday February 19th
Brazil – Waterfalls and Wonderful Wildlife, Joyce and Paul Simmons
Saturday February 22nd
South Yorkshire Natural History Day
Wednesday March 4th
A Nature Medley by a wildlife photographer John Gardner
Saturday March 14th
Field visit: Trees in winter at Cannon Hall, Leader: Doug Brown
Wednesday March 18th
Annual General Meeting and short presentation
Wednesday April st
Moors for the Future – a presentation on their work.
Wednesday April 22nd
True Bugs, a presentation by Stuart Foster
This is the last of our indoor meetings until October. Feel Free to join us on any of our field visits during the summer months.
Wednesday May 6th
Woodland Flower, Bagger Wood – the leader for this field visit is Alan Crossland
Saturday May 9th – tbc.
Wednesday May 20th
Flower Survey Thurgoland – leader Jill Hayler
Wednesday June 3rd
Cortonwood – leader Philip Jay
Saturday June 13th – Insects and Invertebrates, Thurgoland – leader Doug Brown
Wednesday June 17th
Glowworms and Moths, Thurgoland – Doug Brown. The meeting time for this field visit will be later than our normal 7pm.
Wednesday July 1st
Royd Moor Reservoir LWS – leader Geoff Jackson
Saturday July 4th
Dearne Valley Meadows – Leader Joyce Simmons
Wednesday July 15th
Hoyland Bank Woods – leader Ron Marshall
This is our last field visit on our Summer Programme and we will be calling for a drink after our walk. We may add additional walks depending on leaders plans over our summer recess.
We return to our indoor meeting on Wednesday Oct 7th; with Member Presentations.
Our full programme with field visits can be downloaded here:
Barnsley Nats 2020 programme -DOWNLOAD