South Ryedale and East Yorkshire Raptor Group

Group Area

From the North/West corner at Thirsk, East along the A170 to Scarborough, South down the coast to Spurn Point, turning West to follow the Humber to Goole, North to Howden and back up the A19 to Thirsk.

The area comprises of: the Southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, the Howardian Hills a mixture of farmland and woodland with a much flatter landscape of the same to the northeast, the floodplains of the Humber and the migrant rich locations of Holderness and Spurn, the Yorkshire Wolds which comprise of many dry valleys and rolling hills, big fields and consequently few hedgerows but with some good areas of woodland. This is an area of many large and small ‘estates’, often involved in game shooting.

The group

Red Kite in flight

Red Kite
Photo: Clare Scott

South Ryedale and East Yorkshire Raptor Group, SREYRG, was formed late in 2011 following the awareness by Mick Carroll that there was a huge area not covered by any other group within NERF.

Mick approached several other conservation and wildlife enthusiasts from the area with his thoughts and in November 2011 they met and the new group was born. Since then a constitution and code of conduct has been written, aims recorded and additional members enlisted.

Because of the physical size of the group’s area, East Yorkshire alone is 930sq miles and variety of habitat it presents many challenges in comprehensively studying and monitoring all key species.

We are open to new members who can be proactive in the field and are willing to share their experiences and information amongst the group and other RSG’s within NERF.