WELCOME TO THE DRONFIELD WILDLIFE AND NATURAL HISTORY GROUP
The Dronfield and District Natural History Society, which was replaced by the Dronfield Wildlife and Natural History Group in May 2015, was formed in April 1970 and continues to cater for a wide range of natural history interests. We are pleased to welcome into membership the interested beginner and the specialist.
Outdoor field excursions are arranged in the Dronfield, North East Derbyshire and South Yorkshire areas during evenings, weekends and mid-week. Other excursions are arranged further a-field to the coast and other areas of special interest, as well as to established Nature Reserves (Entrance fees may have to be paid).
Members’ cars are used for some outings and due care should be taken to ensure no damage is caused to the vehicle’s upholstery etc. (For example if you expect to get muddy please bring a change of footwear).
A contribution is calculated on mileage and number of passengers to meet the cost of petrol and expenses.
Contact Mick Fairest: 01246 413956 or Graham Gill: 01246 419327 for further information.
In addition, within the Dronfield Hall Barn Events, there are Natural History events open to all. These are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month and displayed in advance on the Dronfield Hall Barn Events page.
This page will be updated regularly as outings take place.
All members are encouraged to submit records of birds, mammals, insects and plant life in the Dronfield area. This information may be collected during Group outings, private walks or observations in your own garden. Members can also participate in the Monthly Garden Bird Survey where sheets can be made available to facilitate daily recording of birds visiting their garden.
All this information contributes to the Group’s valuable collection of data. Walk Leaders usually submit a report for inclusion in the current diary. All the previous diaries have been made available in digital form starting from April 1970.
Select “Jean Smithson Diaries” on the Menu Bar to browse the Wildlife and Natural History diaries.
Click on the button to go to the Recordings: Recordings
The Dronfield Wildlife and Natural History Group works under the Dronfield Heritage Trust but also works alongside several other groups in the local area with related areas of interest. Occasionally we may organise events or outings in conjunction with other groups such as an outing with an emphasis on bird watching or night time species.
Information on our partners:
Debbie is an experienced wildlife tutor and gives talks, teaches wildlife related courses and leads walks in Derbyshire and neighbouring counties.
U3A bird watching group
The U3A Dronfield and District group consists of people with varying levels of knowledge who are keen to share their expertise and enjoyment of birds.
Moss Valley Wildlife Group
The group was formed in 1982 to resist the threat of urban development in the valley, when the City of Sheffield was expanding. The Moss Valley Wildlife Group’s main purpose now is to bring together people who have an interest in conserving the flora, fauna and habitats found in the valley.
Lea Brook Valley
The aim of Dronfield’s Lea Brook Valley Project is to enhance the beauty, amenities and wildlife habitat of the valley, for the benefit of both the town and the wildlife.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
This is the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect all wildlife throughout the county. The Trust manages 42 nature reserves and works to promote and care for the natural environment and raise awareness of wildlife issues across Derbyshire and beyond.
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NATURAL HISTORY – PUBLIC MEDIA ARCHIVE
The archive contains images, documents, video and audio files of the local area.