All are welcome to join the meetings listed below.

For outdoor meetings wear stout footwear, suitable weather wear, and as appropriate, insect repellent and sunscreen. For day meetings bring a drink and a packed lunch. Mothing sessions – usually arranged at short notice – bring a torch, hot drink and warm clothes. Other field visits may be arranged, depending on the weather. Detailed information about excursions will be sent by email a few days before the event.

Please let Margaret know if you will be coming to an excursion, so that the leader knows how many will attend and any changes or cancellations can be notified. Attendance is at your own risk. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Doncaster Naturalists’ events are in bold.

Note : Mothing at Austerfield, Potteric Carr, Lindholme etc. possible on suitable evenings.
Please let us know if you would be interested as sessions will be arranged at very short notice.


2023 Summer ProgrammeJuly to October
Date Meeting Details
Sat 8 Brockadale Butterflies.
Leader : Paul & Joyce Simmons.
Meet at 1.30 am in car park at SE512174 to see Marbles White, Fritillaries, Skippers etc.
Sat 15 John Scott’s Farm Meadows. (change to programme)
Leaders : John Scott & Anna Thirlwell.
Meet at 2.30pm at Ash Hill Farm, Moss, DN6 0DL.
Tues 18 Thorpe Marsh Purple Hairstreak annual count.
Leader : Mick Townsend.
Meet at 6 pm at the level crossing on Applehurst Lane SK539912. (weather permitting)
Fri 21 Rescheduled.
Sat 22 Lindholme Summer Open Day 10.30am to 4pm.
Rangjung Yeshe Gomde UK Tibetan Buddhist Centre.
Lindholme Bank Rd, Hatfield, Doncaster DN7 6DT
Sat 5 Arksey and Bentley Ings, Arksey.
Leader : Louise Hill.
Meet 10:30 am on the wide verge at Arksey Common Lane just after Hemp Pits Road SE582067. For wetland birds, plants, dragonflies etc.
Sat 12 YNU VC63 meeting at Potteric Carr.
Leader : Leader Joyce Simmons.
Meet at 10:30 in Visitor Centre. Jim Horsfall of YNT will lead a 3 mile walk through areas normally closed to visitors. Alternate shorter walks are also possible if desired.
Fri 18 Dragonflies and Pond Dipping at Thorpe Marsh.
Leader : Mick Townsend.
Meet at 1 pm at level crossing on Applehurst Lane SK539912
Mon 21 Hunt For Sundew Plume, Bog Rosemary and Cranberry on Thorne Moor. (Rescheduled)
Leader : Louise Hill & Helen Kirk
Access will be via the Natural England private entrance by Creykes Crossing, then a walk of 3km 
Tue 22 St. Aidans RSPB Reserve for raptors other birds and insects. (change of date)
Leaders : Paul & Joyce Simmons.
Meet in RSPB car park SE399287 at 10:30 am. Bring lunch.
Wed 6 Gall meeting at Seckar Wood, Wakefield.
Leader : Tom Higginbottom & Ian Farmer
Meet 10.30 am at Seckar Wood, Wakefield SE327139
Wed 13 Gall meeting at Castle Howard
Leader : Tom Higginbottom & Ian Farmer
Meet (?) to be advised. Note entry fee £11
Sat 16  Hedgerows in Sykehouse Meadows.
Leader : John Scott.
Meet 10.30 am at car park  SE639 162. Post code DN14 9AL
Wed 20  RSPB Adwick Washlands in the Dearne Valley.
Leader : Les Coe
Meet 10:30 am at the car park on Furlong Road (SE474022) There are no facilities on the site.
Sat 23 Owston Arboretum MEETING CANCELLED
Leader : Margaret Prior
Meet at 2 pm in Owston Golf Club car park
tba Fungal Foray at Hemsworth Almshouses, Hemsworth.
Leader : Francis Hickenbottom.
Meet (?) details to follow