Local Organisations



  South Yorkshire Botany Group (SYBG) Local botanical recording group as a member of BSBI
  Thorne and Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum An umbrella for a wide range of like-minded organisations.
  Sorby Natural History Society Sheffield’s Natural History Society
  Bradford Botany Group A group who share an interest in all things botanical in the Bradford area and beyond
  Barnsley Naturalist and Scientific Society Barnsley Nats brings together people who share an interest in natural history and the wildlife of the Barnsley area.
  Doncaster Astronomical Society Providing astronomy for the casual observer, serious enthusiast and a means of accessing the night sky using the best facilities in Yorkshire. Local schools are especially welcome to use our facilities and experience.
  Doncaster Biological Center The main role of the DLRC is to collect, manage and share information about wildlife, wildlife sites and habitats within the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough administrative area to understand and support conservation of local biodiversity. 
  Don Catchment River Trust Don Catchment River Trust
  BNA South Yorkshire Branch Our main aim to promote and study all aspects of natural history and have experienced naturalists leading our walks with specialities in most subjects including invertebrates, wild flowers, trees, and amphibians.
  Wharfdale Naturalists’ Society  


Regional Organisations


  Yorkshire Naturalists Union The Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union is devoted to studying and recording Yorkshire’s flora and fauna.
  Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a local charity working to create a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for everyone.


National Organisations


  FSC Natural History Live In response to the COVID-19 lockdown, the FSC embraced online learning and started hosting free online natural history talks or “Virtual Meetups”. Find out more about Natural History Live and view our upcoming talks. 
  Natural England We’re the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.
  Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland The BSBI is for everyone who cares about the wild plants of Britain and Ireland
  Butterfly Conservation Butterflies and moths are sensitive indicators of the health of our environment. Find out how you can help them
  The British Plant Gall Society To encourage and co-ordinate the study of plant galls, with particular reference to the British Isles


Local Wildlife Site on the WWW


  Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve On the east bank of the River Don floodplain, Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve is a mixture of semi-improved and unimproved grassland, small patches of woodland and open water.
  Potterick Carr Nature Reserve Potteric Carr has a network of paths enabling visitors to explore the mosaic of habitats and enjoy the stunning vistas. 
  Sprotbrough Flash Sprotbrough Flash a YWT Nature Reserve is a rich haven for birds and wildlife in South Yorkshire.
  Deneby Ings A wildlife haven with a fantastic mix of habitats, from open water and riverside water meadows to woodland scrub and hedgerows.
  Old Moor Wetlands In the heart of Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley lies Old Moor, a family friendly nature RSPB reserve just waiting to welcome you.
  Cushworth Hall Often described as a jewel in Doncaster’s crown, Cusworth Hall is a beautiful Grade I listed building set in acres of historic parkland.  Recent refurbishments have transformed the Hall into Heritage Doncaster’s social history museum.
  Lichen ID Guide This ID guide will enable you to identify 28 common urban lichen species that can be found in 
most cities.


Useful Sites


  BSBI Plant Key We point you towards all the books, websites and downloadable files we know about to help you identify wild plants, whether you are a beginner or an experienced botanist.
  Google Maps Plan your route here
  Microsoft Version Get directions here
  Doncaster Moviemakers Welcome to Doncaster’s amateur movie makers
  Interactive Map of Nature Conservation Sites Click on a map to explore an interactive, web-based map viewer created by Nature Conservancy staff around the world.
  Grab a Grid Ref Add your grid reference to produce a local map
  PDF Escape Free PDF Editor
  Street Map Enter a post code or grid reference and mark a location
  The Naturalist Read copies of the Naturalist magazine from 1864 to 2018