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 are suspended due to Corvid-19 restrictions at Barnsley Town Hall.

Field visits started again in the summer of 2021 and have been taking place on the first Saturday morning of each month. From May 2022 we have field visits on some Wednesday evenings too.

Details of our meetings are sent out to members and those interested via our mailing list.

Here is the programme for the Spring and Summer 2022.

Saturday March 12th, 10 am: walk around Carlton Marsh nature reserve
–looking for signs of Spring, leaders Peter and Annefie Roberts

Saturday April 9th, 10 am: Visit to Bagger Wood.  This wood near Hood Green has recently been thinned. It will be interesting to see how this has affected the bluebells and spring flowers, leader Doug Brown

Saturday May 7th, 10.30 am: A field visit organised by the Botany group of the YNU to explore the magnesium limestone springs and fens near Barnburgh. 

Wednesday May 18th, 7pm: an evening to Gunthwaite with Ron Marshall to look for birds and bats

Saturday June 11th, 10 am:  a walk around Gosling Moor, a historic wood pasture, near Wortley, for flowers, trees and insects, leader Catherine Artindale

Wednesday June 22nd, 7pm: Another visit to Banks Renewables, a heather moor above Carlecotes, organised by Trevor Mayne.

Saturday July 9th, 10 am: a general survey of the area around Barnsley Main Colliery site. Andy Young is one of the volunteers there and will welcome us.

Wednesday July 13th (plus Thursday 14th): Counting the glow worms on the TPT and trapping moths.  Doug will lead this field visit with Jill; members are invited to come the following morning to see what moths have been collected.

Saturday July 23rd, 10.30 am: A YNU field visit to Brockadale, a nature reserve east of the A1, organised by Joyce and Paul Simmons.

Saturday August 13th, 10 am: following a route from Royd Moor viewpoint that Alwyn Timms took us on to count Wall Browns butterflies.   Leader Peter Roberts

Wednesday August 24th, 7pm: A walk to detect bats around the Dearne Valley Country Park.

Saturday September 10th, 10.30 am:  A visit to Worsborough Mill Country Park with Tom Higginbottom and the Plant Gall Society.

We hope to be able to organise indoor meetings again
from Wednesday October 5th 2022.

We look forward to seeing you!

Previous meetings

Saturday 12 February
Adwick washlands

Saturday 8 January
Elsecar Reservoir Nature Reserve

Saturday 11 December
Broomhill Flash and Wombwell Ings

Saturday 13 November
Dodworth pitstack -grassland and woodland fungi

Saturday 2 October
Wortley Hall parkland and walled garden – fungi and veteran trees

Saturday 28 August
Banks Renewables heathland site

Wednesday 21 July
Gypsy Marsh Local Wildlife Site – flowering plants

Saturday 3 July
YNU VC63 excursion – River Dearne down stream from Monk Bretton Priory

Wednesday 21 June
Worsbrough Country Park and Local Wildlife Site – meadow and reservoir

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 indoor meetings will be published on our Home page and via our mailing list.