The Programme for August, 2020 to December, 2020

This programme gives information about the society’s events. ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

​​ For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097.

August, 2020 ​​ ​​​​ MOWING THE MEADOW

The meadow will be mown sometime during the month. ​​​​ It will be done by only a few people at a time all well spaced out.

Friday, 18th​​ September, 2020 ​​ ​​​​ YORKSHIRE WOLDS RAILWAY

Matthew Brown​​ will give a talk about the now vanished Driffield to Malton Junction railway which ran for just over a hundred years from 1853-1958 and about the new Yorkshire Wolds Railway. Matthew is a member of The Yorkshire Wolds Railway committee. ​​​​ 

From its opening in 1853 the Malton and Driffield Junction Railway served passengers from once-remote Wolds communities for market days and holidays on the service known as the Malton Dodger. ​​​​ A freight service provided transport for agriculture, chalk quarries and the carriages of local gentry. ​​​​ But changes to transport and quarrying brought about its final closure in 1958. ​​​​ Fifty years later, in 2008, The Yorkshire Wolds Railway was inaugurated with the aim of restoring at least part of the former Malton and Driffield Junction Railway as a heritage railway attraction. ​​​​ 

The talk will cover the history of the Driffield to Malton Railway and the activities of The Yorkshire Wolds Railway group.

Sunday, 11th​​ October, 2020 ​​ ​​​​ WOLDS RESERVE WORKING PARTY

The society’s nature reserve​​ -- a wood and a meadow -- has become well-loved by local residents, and can be enjoyed even in Lockdown as long as you are ready to step off the paths when passing others to maintain social distancing. ​​​​ Paths have been improved with layers of wood chips, and diseased and dangerous trees have been removed.

The meadow, too, has been improved and can be used for walking as long as you maintain social distancing. ​​​​ On the sunny side of the wood facing the meadow and its flowers, members have built two “bee hotels” to contribute to the revival of bee populations. ​​​​ The hedge between the meadow and Ionians’ land consists mostly of low-growing, berry-bearing trees which provide a healthy larder for birds.

There is still a lot to do to develop and manage a wood and meadow, and on this Sunday morning, while maintaining social distance, members will carry out a range of activities: ​​​​ replenishing the wood chips on the paths, raking off the early spring mowing on the meadow, hedge trimming around the wood, removing ivy on the ground to clear space for other plants.​​ 

This morning why not come and be part of the Autumn working party to help? ​​​​ Members will be working in the reserve on Brantingham Road, Elloughton next to the Ionians’ Rugby Club from 10am to 12pm. ​​​​ At half time, we will​​ not​​ have a convivial break because we must keep our distance from each other. ​​​​ Do remember that the reserve is for native wild plants, and members should not plant any cultivated plants, however fine they look in gardens. ​​​​ Any planting should be done by agreement with the Wolds committee. ​​​​ For more information telephone Tony on 01482 668064.​​ 

Friday, 16th​​ October, 2020 ​​ ​​ ​​​​ THE HUMBER’S DEEP PAST

Sam Griffiths​​ will give an illustrated talk about the pre-history of the Humberside region. ​​​​ As CITiZAN Discovery Programme Officer for Humberside Sam is the Lead Archaeologist on the​​ CITiZAN project​​ in the Humberside area. ​​​​ He is responsible for planning and organising training and outreach events across the area and for recruiting and managing the area's volunteers. ​​​​ Sam has conducted fieldwork and research on multi-period archaeological sites across the UK and Europe. ​​​​ This has included running a number of community-led public archaeology projects in the South and East of England. ​​​​ Specifically, Sam spent six years as part of the Ice Age Island team (Jersey), as a fieldwork and archives supervisor studying the Islands multi-phase prehistoric past. ​​ ​​​​ Throughout his career Sam's focus has concentrated on prehistoric peoples, past landscapes and lithic technologies across Europe. ​​​​ CITiZAN, the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, highlights the threat of coastal erosion to a wealth of foreshore and intertidal sites. These archaeological features encompass a huge time span, many are of considerable local or national significance and most have no statutory cover. ​​​​ CITiZAN​​ tackles threats to England’s fragile coastal archaeology, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and support from Lloyds Register Foundation, Historic England and the National Trust.

Many will know that the Humber Estuary is not currently, and has never been, a constant in the landscape. But how far can we stretch the origins of a river between what is now East Yorkshire and North and North East Lincolnshire? What did it look like over the years before and after the river was in place? And​​ when​​ and​​ which​​ humans travelled, lived and died within the region in its deeper past? ​​​​ Sam will cover these questions and others in his talk.


Africa Gomez​​ will give an illustrated talk on the dragonflies and damselflies of Hull. ​​​​ In 2019, she and Richard Shillaker undertook a survey on damselflies and dragonflies in the city of Hull and surrounding area.  ​​​​ Damselflies and dragonflies are barometers of climate change and many species have expanded north in the UK and colonised Yorkshire in the last few decades. ​​​​ Although Hull has a diversity of freshwater habitats, the area had been under recorded, despite the need for such a survey being recognised in the Hull Biodiversity Action Plan of 2002. ​​​​  A number of local naturalists including Hull Nats members contributed to the survey, and we used social media to promote the project and encourage members of the public to submit records. ​​​​  Lakes in public parks were amongst the best sites for damselflies and dragonflies, especially East Park and Pickering Park. ​​ ​​​​ Notable results included the sighting of a Willow Emerald Damselfly at East Park, the first East Yorkshire (VC61) record.

The City of Dragons survey report may be downloaded as a pdf file from this link to the website of the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group​​ (

The Wolds…Society’s​​ Annual​​ Nature Photographic Competition​​ will also take place this evening and is open to all pictures taken by members which have not previously been entered in our competition, including photographs of the Reserve. ​​​​ Each member may submit three entries, titled or not​​ ​​ although an identification of the subject would be helpful. ​​​​ The size is open, and prints should be brought to the meeting. ​​​​ 

Each member in attendance will be given the chance to vote for the best photographs. ​​​​ The Kingfisher Trophy will be awarded to the winner to hold for one year and will be inscribed with the winner’s name. ​​​​ Photographs of the meadow and wood will become part of the notice board display at meetings

Friday, 18th​​ December, 2020 ​​ ​​​​ THE CHRISTMAS QUIZ AND PARTY (Members Only)

Our annual Christmas Quiz and Party is one of our most popular evenings. ​​​​ Over many years we have established a successful quiz format covering a variety of topics, and we play as teams so everyone can contribute.

And, of course, there is the food and drink. ​​​​ Everyone who comes brings food to add to the spread, which usually includes savouries, sandwiches, salads, cakes and desserts which we all share. ​​​​ The society no longer provides “single-use” plastic cutlery so please bring your own cutlery (knife, fork and spoon) and a something to wipe it clean with after use. ​​​​ Tea and coffee are served free, but you might want to bring your own wine to add to the merry mood. ​​​​ It’s always a thoroughly convivial evening so come and enjoy a fun evening with others. ​​​​