Programme

During the summer, the Society meets every Tuesday from May through to the end of August.  Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7.00p.m. unless otherwise stated. Stout footwear is generally advised for our outdoor meetings. Visitors are usually most welcome. Note that as many of the meeting places do not have postcodes, the closest is listed. Click on the grid reference to load a map showing the location of the site.

During the winter, the Society meets every Tuesday from September through to the end of April at:

Cruck Barn
City Discovery Centre
Bradwell Abbey
Alston Drive
Milton Keynes
MK13 9AP

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Meetings open with refreshments at 7.30pm, for an 8pm start. Meeting are free for members. There is a charge of £2.00 for non-members.

Please note that clause 7 of the Society’s constitution reads: “The Society will exercise due care when arranging its meeting and activities for the benefit of members. Members taking part in any meeting or activity do so at their own risk”. Click this link to view the full Risk Assessment document.

  • Tue
    06
    Jan
    2015

    Indoor meetingWelcome in the New Year with Martin Kincaid and one of our local places of growing interest! He has worked on the reserve from 1988 and has contacts who were there from the very beginning!

  • Tue
    13
    Jan
    2015

    Indoor meetingKenny Cramer is a local bird ringer who has recently been ringing at the Hanson Centre. He will share his experiences, explain the training process and outline the scientific aims of the ringing scheme.

  • Tue
    20
    Jan
    2015

    Indoor meetingYou can submit up to 10 unmounted prints of up to A4 size. This time you must submit these in advance – by January 13th. Full rules in The Magpie.

  • Tue
    27
    Jan
    2015

    Indoor meetingStunning wildlife of the Atlantic Rain Forest and the world-famous Patanal plus a quick look at Rio too. Chris Ward has been travelling again and will share his experiences – and brilliant photographs – with us.

  • Tue
    03
    Feb
    2015

    Indoor meetingWe welcome back Dr Jill Eyers, a professional geologist who has visited us several times previously. She will be looking at what causes ice ages before looking at the different environments created across the UK by the last Ice Age and how to recognise and interpret them.

  • Tue
    10
    Feb
    2015

    Indoor meetingA traditional Members’ Night. Offers of contributions of 10-15 minutes or so to Jean Cooke or Julie Lane in advance, please.

  • Tue
    17
    Feb
    2015

    Indoor meetingIt’s that time again! Gordon Redford will lead us through the process of creating a Summer Programme when we can feel our fingers and toes!

  • Tue
    24
    Feb
    2015

    Indoor meetingChief Executive of the Beds, Cambs and Northants Wildlife Trust, Brian Eversham, visits us again – this time to give us his considered view on the impact of climate change on the wildlife we all love and value.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2015

    Indoor meetingJean Cooke will tell us about what she saw on a trip to the far east of Turkey. Plenty of plants, quite a lot of insects, just possibly a bird and mammal!

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2015

    Indoor meetingOur President, Roy Maycock, thanks those members who have given him ideas of their favourite plants – those who haven’t can share some of his own choices.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2015
  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2015

    Indoor meetingJane Bowley, Project Officer for the Lower Windrush Valley Project, tells us how the valley has been transformed by gravel extraction over the last 100 years from a green, pastoral landscape to one dominated by open water bodies. Some may rue the changes but others revel in the abundance of birds, fishing and variety of views.

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2015

    Indoor meetingSome will recall this panel game, others (younger) will not, but everyone should enjoy this evening while remembering Joan and how she relished earlier Society re-enactments of the game!

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2015

    Beach iconNo Meeting

     

  • Sun
    12
    Apr
    2015
    Times to be advised

    Plant iconA Society visit to Kew Gardens is planned. Look out for full details at Meetings! Martin Kincaid is making the arrangements.

  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2015

    Indoor meetingAlan Nelson, one-time Chairman of MKNHS, has agreed to come and share with us his latest information on the occurrence of damsel and dragonfly species in our area.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015

    Indoor meetingA look at the native amphibian species around Milton Keynes. Martin Kincaid will show us how to identify and sex newts, frogs and toads. Weather permitting we will look around the grounds at Bradwell Abbey to see what is about!

  • Tue
    28
    Apr
    2015

    Indoor meetingRecently retired Biology teacher, and far from retired tortoise enthusiast, Liz Carter will share her passion with us! She may even bring a few friends!

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Gordon Redford. One of the three ancient woodlands in MK, the location of conservation work by MKNHS 40+ years ago, and the venue for the Bernard Frewin Memorial event. Meet in car park opposite Westcroft Shopping Centre off Chaffron Way (H7) at MK4 3BG SP830344

  • Tue
    12
    May
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders: Ann Biggins, Roy Maycock & Jenny Mercer . Two old meadows with a very rich flora. Of particular interest are the cowslips and green-winged orchids on the ridge and furrows. Insects and other animals may be seen – depending on the weather. Park on roadside, avoiding the dangerous corner, at MK17 0NX. SP750322

  • Tue
    19
    May
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders: Joe Clinch and Phil Sarre. BBOWT Reserve good for flowers and birds, and well-known for the successful Dormouse Project led by Society members. Car sharing recommended as parking is limited. Meet in the car park reached by the private road to Dairy Farm off Haversham-Gayhurst road, half a mile from the A526 at MK16 8LU SP834455

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015

    Leader Martin Kincaid. A circular walk to look for plants, insects and, hopefully, nesting waders. Meet at the reserve car park off Queen Eleanor Street at MK11 1DB                    SP791409

  • Tue
    02
    Jun
    2015
    18:30 to 20:30

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Michele Welborn. Meadows, reed beds, scrub, maturing woodland, pasture and lake – good for birds, invertebrates and flora. Arrive promptly at 6.30pm (gates are opening just for us). Follow signs from A421. Use Visitor Centre car park (£2.50 fee) at MK43 0PR. TL004418

  • Tue
    09
    Jun
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Mike LeRoy. Wetland, ponds and paddock at Atterbury and banksides of Broughton Brook. Access the Coachway from Fen Street and park as far from the entrance as possible, close to where the A509 link from M1 J14 runs above the car park at MK16 0AA.   SP892404

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Martin Kincaid. I have been asked to show Parks Trust volunteers around Elfield Nature Park on Sat 13th June between 11am and 1pm. I am happy to stay on and give access to Society members between 2 and 5pm.

    This is a site usually closed to the public and we have only had 2 previous society visits to it. A rare example of a brownfield site in Milton Keynes that is managed for wildlife. As it is undisturbed and consists of a variety of habitats it is very rich in invertebrates especially and is also good for birds and aquatic plants. We can include some pond dipping, bug hunting and even monitor the newly introduced slow worm population! There should be a variety of orchids and other flowers to enjoy. Access is off Watling Street (V4) via the main gate for the National Bowl. Please note that as the gate needs to be locked, visitors must arrive promptly for 2pm start. Click here for a map.

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Paul Lund. Bring binoculars and telescopes for this visit to the hides, Meet at the car park off the Wolverton Road at MK14 5AH  SP843428

  • Tue
    23
    Jun
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Julie Lane. A relaxing walk along the meadows east of Olney Church watching out for wildlife, in particular birdlife, on and around the Great Ouse. Meet in the Market Square car park in Olney just off the A509 at MK46 4AU. SP890512

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Diana Parsons. The Greensand Trust has been renovating the private lands recently acquired at Rushmere. The walk will include old woodland with areas part cleared to improve habitat and at least two different types of grassland. Meet in the car park (£2 fee) off Old Linslade Road at LU7 0EB. SP911284

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015
    12pm - 3pm

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: MKNHS. Note this event is on a Saturday and is from noon onwards. Come and join Society members who, along with the Parks Trust, have organised an event to which the public, particularly children, are invited in memory of Bernard Frewin. A founder member of MKNHS, Bernard so enjoyed sharing his love of nature with young people. Meet in car park opposite Westcroft Shopping Centre off Chaffron Way (H7) at MK4 3BG. SP830344

    The Parks Trust have produced a poster for the event and have included this event on their website.

  • Tue
    07
    Jul
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Steve Brady. A seeded wildflower meadow with some areas of exposed rock and recently created ponds. Good for insects, so nets and pots please. Meet at the Arts Workshops/Barn Theatre car park at the end of Parklands at MK14 5DZ. SP850422

  • Tue
    14
    Jul
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Mike Killeby. Gentle walk around the Abbey site, along Loughton Brook to investigate earthworks and a ridge and furrow area and then back alongside the railway line. Meet in Bradwell Abbey upper car park (NOT by Cruck Barn) at MK13 9AP. SP827394

  • Sat
    18
    Jul
    2015
    8:00 pm

    icon_mothLeaders: MKNHS Mothers. An annual event in memory of George Higgs. A later start than normal to allow for some good mothing time, weather permitting. Fold up chairs, torch and a flask of something to drink have been helpful in the past. Meet in the roadside car park south of Nash at MK17 0EH. SP786328

  • Tue
    21
    Jul
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Colin Docketty.  A popular place with varied habitats, a good selection of wildlife and the only Local Nature Reserve in MK. Refreshments available after the walk. Meet in the car park off Drayton Road, Bletchley at MK2 3LB. SP870325

  • Tue
    28
    Jul
    2015
    8:30 pm

    icon_moth batLeaders:  Piggotts and Redfords . A later start from 20:30 onwards for this Bats and Moths evening at the Society’s study site. An opportunity to learn how the record-collecting is progressing and to see how the bats and moths data are collected. Meet in the car park by Grange Farm roundabout off Dansteed Way (H4) at MK8 0PY. SP814369

  • Sat
    01
    Aug
    2015
    6:00 pm

    bbq-icon-xlLeaders: MKNHS members. Note this is a Saturday event from 18:00 onwards. Please bring plenty of food and drink. If you can provide a barbecue let Martin Kincaid know. Plenty of picnic furniture available, and shelter if it rains. Mothing for those wishing to stay late. Meet in car park at MK14 5AH.     SP843428

  • Tue
    04
    Aug
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader:  Roy Maycock. A linear site along the canal tow path. Vegetation should be at its best, birds should be flying or on the water and insects may be felt! Park in the large car park by the road to Great Brickhill (NOT by the pub) at LU7 0DS  SP893283

  • Tue
    11
    Aug
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Martin Kincaid. A new site for most of us. Riverside, grassland and scrub close to the M1, but a good site for birds and insects. Come prepared to record what you see. Park at the BMX track off Tongwell Stree (V11) at MK15 9PA.  SP884408

  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader: Colin Docketty.  A balancing lake very good for birds. We may be lucky and see Greenshank. Meet in the car park beyond the cricket pavilion off Portland Drive at MK15 9DL    SP875412

  • Sun
    23
    Aug
    2015
    10:00 12:00 14:00Hazeley Wood

    Clip Board 35_35Leader Jean Cooke. Our 2015 Study of Hazeley Wood is well under way. By now much work has been done - but there are inevitable gaps in our coverage, in particular there are many invertebrate groups not being systematically covered.

    In order to make the most of the expertise which exists within the Society the coordinating group have arranged a bio-blitz-style day for Sunday August 23rd. In the event the weather that day is unsuitable, this will be changed to August 30th.

    While the day is particularly aimed at increasing coverage of invertebrates, anyone is welcome to attend and look at whatever interests them particularly. Non-members who wish to contribute will be very welcome. A brief sheet outlining the recording system to be used will be provided to those who attend on the day.

    In order to coordinate activity, it is suggested that people wishing to participate arrive at one of the following times: 10.00 am; 12 noon; 2.00 pm. Someone will be present in the car park by Grange Farm roundabout off Dansteed Way (H4) at MK8 0PY SP814369 at those times to meet them. Once there, participants can stay for as  long or short a time as they wish.

    N.B. The Archery Club does not use the wood on Sundays!!

    For further information email jcookiejean@aol.com or phone 01525 261407 - but not on the day itself, please.

  • Tue
    25
    Aug
    2015

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders: Mike LeRoy & Gordon Redford. Veteran trees (Oaks & Ashes), an avenue of young Limes and several ponds. Park in Steinbeck Crescent accessed from Andersen Gate off Standing Way (H8) at MK4 4AE.  SP828330

  • Tue
    01
    Sep
    2015

    Indoor meeting
    Your chance to tell us what you have been up to – and what you have seen – this summer. Come ready to contribute.

  • Tue
    08
    Sep
    2015

    Indoor meeting
    Postponed from last Spring – because of a small amount of snow! Dr Jill Eyers, a professional geologist, will be looking at what causes ice ages and then showing us the different environments created in the UK by the last Ice Age, and how to recognise and interpret them.

     

  • Tue
    15
    Sep
    2015

    Indoor meetingBook Reviews - Members tell us what they have read recently which has inspired them and which they think the rest of us would also enjoy

     

  • Tue
    22
    Sep
    2015

    Microscope 35pxDr Derek Schafer, of Bucks Fungus Group, has agreed to help us identify the fungus we can find around MK in autumn. Bring specimens (with detail of where they were found), microscopes and additional lights to supplement the dim overhead lighting of Cruck Barn.

     

  • Tue
    29
    Sep
    2015

    Indoor meetingDr Alan Birkett will help us to identify the bewildering range of trees found around us by using an online guide.

     

  • Tue
    06
    Oct
    2015

    Indoor meetingWe are delighted to welcome Paul Waring – eminent lepidopterist and author of probably the most used field guide to macro-moths in the UK – to tell us of his continuing enthusiasm for them. This should be a treat!

     

  • Tue
    13
    Oct
    2015

    Indoor meetingLinda Murphy spent almost three weeks in Tasmania, and will show us much of the great variety of plants and wildlife she saw.

  • Tue
    20
    Oct
    2015

    Indoor meetingWhat do you know of eels in Milton Keynes or indeed of fish generally? Ian Hirst will tell us of the fisheries work and responsibilities of the Environment Agency in our area – including a project to encourage an eel population.

  • Tue
    27
    Oct
    2015

    Indoor meetingA traditional members’ evening. Offers of 10-15 minute contributions to Julie Lane, or Jean Cooke please.

  • Tue
    03
    Nov
    2015

    Indoor meetingOnce again Jeff Blincow will dazzle us with his brilliant photographs, how he came to take them and a fascinating account of his trip. This time there will be plants as well as birds!

  • Tue
    10
    Nov
    2015

    Indoor meetingBring your brains and have them challenged once again by the Struttons’ fiendish line in questions. They haven’t run out of ideas yet! Is this your year to shine?

  • Wed
    11
    Nov
    2015
    19:30 for 20:00Naidni Indian Restaurant, Stony Stratford

    restaurant-icon_35pxWell-recommended Indian food at the Naidni Indian Restaurant, Stony Stratford at the excellent price of £15 a head. Steve Brady is taking bookings – make sure of your place!

    Note: this event is on a Wednesday and starts at 19:30 for 20:00.

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  • Tue
    17
    Nov
    2015

    Indoor meetingNew member Andy Harding has been leader of Naturetrek trips to Romania, and will show us the birds and butterflies which predominate in this spectacular landscape – and also the odd bear!

  • Tue
    24
    Nov
    2015

    Indoor meetingTrustee of the MK based National Energy Foundation (and of the Parks Trust), Dr Chris Gossop will talk to us about how we might move from “business as usual” to a low carbon, low fossil fuel future.

  • Tue
    01
    Dec
    2015

    Indoor meetingSarah Thomas (Education) and Nick Lindsay (Conservation) have very kindly agreed to come and tell us about the less obvious, but absolutely vital work of ZSL in which they are centrally involved.

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015

    Indoor meetingPhilip Wheeler has been doing work with students for 10 years on the fate of the brown hare. Why do we rarely see them now? What is going wrong for them? We shall hear the results of his research.

  • Tue
    15
    Dec
    2015

    Red_Party_Hat_50px_ClipartAlways enjoyable – bring your own drinks, and a plate of something for all to share.