Harrogate & District Naturalists’ Society
The Society was formed in 1947 as the Harrogate & District Naturalist & Scientific Society, the present title being adopted in 1958.
Its aim is to promote the study and enjoyment of wildlife in all its forms and to disseminate the knowledge of natural history.
The Society takes an active and practical interest in the conservation of wildlife resources and supports efforts to safeguard the natural diversity of species.


Bilton Conservation Group
Bilton Conservation Group was founded by local people on 19th May 1982 to protect and maintain the rural environment of this , the oldest part of Harrogate.
Have a look at their site for details of the many activities, talks and events that they hold.

Harrogate Pinewoods Conservation Society
We aim to promote the maintenance and conservation of the environment within the Pinewoods. These are approximately 96 acres of semi natural woodland, one kilometre south-west of Harrogate town centre.
Click HERE for our 2014 programme

Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)
although best known for running the annual Great Yorkshire Show the YAS work hard throughout the year to help farming and the countryside and do an awful lot of education too!
We own and look after the Great Yorkshire Showground and have conservation ponds and take our roles of custodians of this land very seriously and Fodder is a prime example of us promoting local farmers and producers and making local food more accessible. Click the following links: | | | |

Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers’ Association
The Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association is an independent association of beekeepers who mostly live or operate in a large area of North Yorkshire and who meet in Harrogate or Ripon.
It is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association. The Association has developed over 85 years, continually increasing and improving ways of serving the changing needs of members.


Open Country
Open Country is a Harrogate-based organisation that seeks to enable anyone with any disability to access the countryside.We achieve this through variety of countryside activities and the provision of information, training and advice.

Horticap is based at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road, where suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers provide adults with learning disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Our mission is “To be the leading organisation demonstrating excellence in horticulture and promoting gardening”.
Harlow Carr is one of the national four gardens that RHS has open to the public. See also “Wild About Gardens!”


Harrogate District Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth seeks to inspire solutions to environmental problems, which also make life better for people. We are concerned about both the environment and social justice. We work for a future where the needs of everyone can be met in a sustainable way and where there is still space for other species. Part of a national and international network.

The following links about pollinators have been requested by Sarah who, with her friends, is studying bees and other important pollinators.

Why Bees and Pollination Are So Important

Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids

The North of England Horticultural Society
The North of England Horticultural Society is a leading gardening charity supporting horticulture in the North of England.
Part of the Society’s work is to organise the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Other Organisations with similar aims to HDBAG

Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and we are passionately committed to saving Britain’s rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, and spiders to snails. Today bugs are under threat as never before, so help us to secure a diverse and wildlife-rich planet for future generations “BEELINES” – go to the Buglife site to find out about this important project.

Peacock butterfly

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was set up because of concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 70 years two species have become nationally extinct and several others declined dramatically. We aim to prevent further declines, and to raise awareness of the problems bumblebees face

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is part of the influential UK-wide partnership of 47 Wildlife Trusts.
The Trust has worked for more than 60 years to protect wildlife and wild places, and educate, influence and empower people.
We manage 80 of the best sites and help others to manage theirs. Our work is helping to secure the future of many important habitats and species, which might otherwise be lost.

WWF-UK is the UK arm of the WWF Network, the world’s leading environmental organisation founded in 1961 and now active in over 100 countries. Using our unique combination of practical experience, knowledge and credibility, our 300-strong staff work with governments, businesses and communities both here in the UK and around the world so that people and nature thrive within their fair share of the planet’s natural resources.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Our work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends.

Bees and Honey: Creating Pollinator Gardens
Pollinator gardens are gardens composed mainly of flowers and plants that give shelter, pollen, and nectar to many different pollinating insects. Insects such as butterflies and bees are not just pretty to look at or mere producers of honey. Instead, they are vital to life on earth. More than 80 percent of flowering plants need pollinators in order to reproduce, and flowering plants that cannot reproduce cannot produce food for the world

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