About Us

Formed in 1989, and formally constituted on 19 April 1991, the Thorne and Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum acts as an umbrella for a wide range of like-minded organisations.

Its membership is drawn from voluntary organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts and natural history societies, and it has observers from statutory agencies and local authorities. As its name suggests, it provides a place for debate, and the gathering and disseminating of information. In recent years, it has been forced to take on a campaigning role however, this aspect of its work has always been underpinned by sound safe science, and research, survey and monitoring remain key activities. The Forum is administered by an Executive Committee.

The Forum aims:

  • To conserve the biodiversity, and the geological, palaeoecological, archaeological and historic features of Thorne and Hatfield Moors and the wider Humberhead Levels, their biodiversity, and their geological, palaeoecological, archaeological and historic features.
  • To promote Thorne and Hatfield Moors as a natural and cultural resource, at all levels.
  • To encourage high quality research to provide a scientific basis for the conservation of Thorne and Hatfield Moors.
  • To disseminate knowledge and understanding of Thorne and Hatfield Moors, and of the issues affecting them.
  • To facilitate communication and co-operation between organisations that share the above objectives.
  • To encourage understanding and enjoyment of wildlife and the countryside through education programmes aimed at the community.

Members of the Forum


Life Members

  • Dr Paul Buckland, Co-Chair
  • Dr Geoff Gaunt

Life membership is awarded as a way of honouring the achievements of prominent workers in the Humberhead Levels and to date this honour has only been bestowed on three occasions. In 1998 Dr Geoff Gaunt and the late Dr. Peter Skidmore were pleased to accept this reward as recognition of their contribution to the conservation, documentation and understanding of aspects of the Humberhead Levels. In December 2003 the Executive Committee were delighted that Dr Paul Buckland, a long standing stalwart of the Forum, accepted the offer of Honorary Life Membership for his involvement in Thorne & Hatfield Moors and the peat campaign and also his contribution to the documentation and understanding of aspects of the Humberhead Levels.

Executive members

  • Dr Paul Buckland, Co-Chair
  • Valerie Holt MBE, Honorary Treasurer (Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust)
  • Helen R. Kirk BEM, Executive Secretary
  • Peter Kendall, Recorder & Ordinary member, (Goole & District Natural History Society)

Charities and voluntary groups

The following are associates of the THMCF:

  • British Bryological Society
  • CPRE Regional Office (Sheffield)
  • Council for British Archaeology
  • Doncaster Archaeological Society
  • Doncaster Naturalists Society
  • Goole & District Natural History Society
  • Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
  • Rotherham & District Ornithological Society
  • Sheffield Bird Study Group
  • Sorby Natural History Society
  • South Yorkshire Archaeology Service
  • Yorkshire Mammal Group
  • Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union

Observers: statutory agencies and authorities

  • Crowle Town Council
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • English Heritage, York
  • Environment Agency, Lower Trent Region
  • Environment Agency, Ridings Area
  • Hatfield Town Council
  • Natural England, Humber to Pennines Team
  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • Ramblers Association, Doncaster branch
  • RSPB Regional Office (Huddersfield)
  • Thorne & Moorends Town Council


  • Prof M Williamson, University of York
  • Prof J Sadler, University of Birmingham
  • Dr M Lillie, University of Hull
  • Dr R A Lindsay, University of East London
  • Dr N J Whitehouse, University of Plymouth
  • Dr H Chapman, University of Birmingham
  • Dr B Geary, University College, Cork
  • Prof I D Rotherham, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Eva Panagiotakopulu, University of Edinbrough

Local MP’s

  • Caroline Flint MP
  • Ed Milliband MP
  • Rosie Winterton MP
  • Andrew Percy MP

Observers: other groups and individuals


A copy of our Constitution is available.