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
    05
    Jan
    2016

    Indoor meeting

    Our very own Julie Lane will whet our appetites for making our own trips to Scotland to see what is there.

  • Tue
    12
    Jan
    2016

    Indoor meeting

    Professor Ian Wright, of the Open University, has agreed to tell us all about it in his own inimitable way.

  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016

    Indoor meeting

    Ever-popular Chris Ward takes a rest from his globe-trotting to focus on what can be seen nearer home!

  • Tue
    26
    Jan
    2016

    Camera IconPlease see The Magpie for details of how to enter - but note all entries must be handed to Jean Cooke by the end of the Jan 19th meeting.

  • Tue
    02
    Feb
    2016

    Indoor meeting

    Philip Solt considers the options, with particular reference to Hollington Wood.

  • Tue
    09
    Feb
    2016

    Indoor meeting

    Gordon Redford will guide us through this, but please bring your ideas and offers to lead walks. Definitely time to think about the summer!

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016

    Indoor meeting

    Rick and Elis Simpson return, this time to remind us just how lucky we in MK are to have such a variety of birds, particularly waders!

  • Tue
    23
    Feb
    2016

    Indoor meetingA traditional members' evening. Offers of contributions (10-15 mins long) to Julie Lane or Jean cooke, please.

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016

    Indoor meeting

    Roy Maycock takes us through a potted history of plants!

  • Tue
    08
    Mar
    2016

    Indoor meetingEva McCann has worked for some time in this part of Africa and will share with us her wildlife experiences and observations.

  • Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconCome and find out how the Society is run and what you can contribute to it.

  • Tue
    22
    Mar
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconMike LeRoy will tell us about the what, where and why of changes to British wildlife past and recent. He will show us how knowledge about this is accumulated and explain how we could contribute.

  • Tue
    29
    Mar
    2016

    Beach iconNo Meeting

     

  • Tue
    05
    Apr
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconThe Hazeley Wood Project Coordinators, and some of those who have been responsible for particular taxa, will tell the Society what has been done and about their initial findings.

  • Tue
    12
    Apr
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconAlan Piggott will widen his horizons even further than usual to take us on a fascinating journey through the history of our knowledge and understanding of the universe.

  • Tue
    19
    Apr
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconHead of Conservation and Education (Bucks) for BBOWT, Christopher Williams, will talk to us about BBOWT’s purpose and ambitions – and how its conservation work fits into the wider picture.

  • Tue
    26
    Apr
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconIf you’ve not been there, you will soon want to visit! Find out what Jean Cooke saw and what impressed her on her recent visit to this beautiful country.

  • Tue
    03
    May
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders Philip Solt and Gordon Redford. Following his presentation to us in February, an opportunity to experience this ancient woodland and magnificent coppice stools with Philip. Most of us can park at the end of Prospect Place, but for those with limited mobility there is parking for 6 cars by the side of the wood (but not on the farm road, please) at MK46 5JQ. SP889485

  • Tue
    10
    May
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Mike LeRoy One of MK’s three semi-natural ancient woodlands. It is managed as coppice-with-standards, is 60 acres of wet Oak-Ash woodland and has plenty of ancient woodland plant species and woodland birds of interest. Meet in car park off Merlewood Drive, just east of Tattenhoe Street, at MK4 4JF. SP823356

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Roy Maycock. Has a large variety of flowering plants and a range of habitats from woods/hedges, water and open grassland. Meet in Tingewick Road (roadside parking) best approached from the Buckingham by-pass (A421) at MK18 1ST SP687337

  • Tue
    24
    May
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders Julie Lane and Mary Sarre .A large area of ancient semi-natural woodland with open rides, good access paths and home to a wide range of wildlife. Meet at the horse box car park (free) situated half way along the Bullhead Forest at MK16 8LP. SP810509

  • Tue
    31
    May
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Linda Murphy. An area of planted woodland hosting a variety of orchids, insects and birds. Car share. Meet by the Caldecotte Project car park in Simpson Road at MK6 3AN. SP882357

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016

    No meeting tonight.Cancelled Icon

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Matt Andrews.The first of our daytime meetings to enable us to explore insect fauna as well as other delights such as Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Orchids, Pasque Flower and other to chalk specialists. Good footwear, food and drink for a picnic lunch essential. This is a daytime event on a Saturday.

    As car parking is very limited at Knocking Hoe, please all meet at 1000hrs at the Campbell Park Pavilion Car Park where we can arrange for car share and so keep our parking needs at Knocking Hoe to the minimum.  Do not forget to bring picnic food, drink and stout footwear for the hilly terrain on this our first Saturday meeting.  Campbell Park Post Code is MK9 4AD and grid reference is SP867398.

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders Martin Kincaid and Julie Lane. A relaxing walk across the meadows east of Olney church watching out for wildlife, in particular birds, on and around the Great Ouse. Meet in the Cowper and Newton Museum car park at MK46 4AJ. SP889512

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders Ann and Mark Strutton.Privately owned woodland with no public access, some remnants of ancient woodland and much recent planting. Good for birds, flowering plants and much else. Enter the wood at the second gate on the left after the “Woodlands for Sale” sign when heading west on the road to Hanslope just after the main entrance to Bunsty Farm at MK16 8LQ. SP838470

  • Fri
    24
    Jun
    2016
    Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    BioBlitzLeader Martin Kincaid. Joint event with Friends of Linford Lakes N.R and other groups the aim of which is to record every living thing on site in 24 hours. This event starts on Friday 24 June 2016 at 12:00 and ends on Saturday 25 June 2016 at 14:00. Please contact Martin Kincaid with offers of help. Click on this link for more  information on Linford Lakes NR. Meet in the car park at MK14 5AH. SP843428

  • Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Joe Clinch. Flitwick Moor SSSI is managed by Beds, Cambs, Northants WT. Wetland habitats consisting of acid fen, meadow and wet woodland. Good for mosses, ferns, grasses and flowers. Can be muddy. Turn off Maulden/Flitwick Road at Folly Farm near 40mph sign on eastern outskirts of Flitwick. Car share essential. Small Car Park on edge of reserve at end of rough track at MK45 5DF. TL046354

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader MKNHS members . This event, hosted by The Parks Trust for the first time in 2015 was hugely popular. A celebration of Howe Park and its wildlife in memory of Bernard Frewin. Help is needed to look after our display and also with activities like bug hunting and guided walks. Saturday 2 July 2016 11:00-16:00. Offers of help to Julie Lane or Martin Kincaid. Meet in the car park opposite Westcroft Shopping Centre off Chaffron Way (H7) at MK4 3BG. SP830344

    More About Howe Park Wood
    A review of last years event

  • Tue
    05
    Jul
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgEXTRA DATE.  Wicken Wood. Leader Martin Kincaid. An additional date not included in original Summer Programme. In the past, good for birds, moths and other insects. Those who are willing to stay until dark should be rewarded with glow worms. Note the later start of 8pm.   Car parking at SP727414.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgbbq-icon-xlicon_mothLeaders Peter Garner and Gordon Redford. Saturday 9 July 2016 14:00 to late. The second of our daytime meetings to focus on insects, but there will be birds, bats, plants and mammals too, followed by the Society BBQ. Bring pots, nets, scopes, bins and plenty of food and drink. Insect repellent too (paradoxically). If you can supply a barbecue let Martin Kincaid know. Picnic furniture available and shelter if it rains. Mothing for those who wish to stay late. Meet in car park at MK14 5AH. SP843428

    Click to learn about Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

  • Tue
    12
    Jul
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Peter GarnerFour balancing lakes creating a linear park with a circular walk. Birds, plants and Odonata in a managed urban environment. Meet in the car park off  Davy Avenue by the cricket pitch at MK5 8PJ. SP843371

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Gordon RedfordInstead of enjoying it in the dark (as we have done for the last 3 years) an opportunity to explore this very mixed woodland in the daylight hours. Meet in the roadside car park south of Nash at MK17 0EH.  SP786328

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016

    Moth IconLeader MKNHS MothersAn annual event in memory of George Higgs. A later start than usual  Saturday 23 July 2016 at 21.00hrs to allow for some good mothing, 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
    26
    Jul
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders Gordon Redford and Colin DockettyA walk around the village that gave its name to the town – medieval pond remnants, some new ones and some unusual trees. Meet in the car park at MK10 9GZ. SP890392

  • Tue
    02
    Aug
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Martin KincaidBy the time of this visit the nature reserve will be fully open and flourishing. Migrating birds, plants, dragonflies and hopefully bats as the light fades! Meet at Manor Farm Court car park, Old Wolverton at MK12 5NN. SP807417

    Click on this link to see more information about the reserve.

  • Tue
    09
    Aug
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders Roy Maycock and Di ParsonsMuch changed since our last visit with mature trees, waterside vegetation etc. So should be good for variety of animals. Meet in the car park on site at LU7 0WF.  SP913235

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeaders Peter Garner and Matt Andrews A mixed habitat of woodland, gorse heath and open plantation. Plants, insects, birds and the geology of the Greensand Ridge. Meet at gate layby on left of southbound A5130 300m out of Woburn Sands at MK17 8SZ.  SP931352                                 

  • Tue
    23
    Aug
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Lewis Dickinson . Pond dipping and bug hunting at this interesting site. Access via MK Bowl entrance off Watling Street (V4). NB The gates will be locked at 19.10hrs, so please arrive promptly at MK5 8FW. SP850361

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2016

    Footsteps_icon2.svgLeader Site Warden. This is a large area of planted trees with some more open spaces of grassland now maturing. Meet at the site car park at MK18 2EA. SP734320

  • Tue
    06
    Sep
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconYour chance to tell us what you have been up to – and what you have seen – this summer. Come ready to contribute. Please note that the meeting will be at 19:30 for 20:00

  • Tue
    13
    Sep
    2016
    7:45 pm

    Indoor meeting iconDavid Wembridge, of the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species, is coming to tell us about a project he is involved in – recording road casualties in order to monitor wild mammal populations. Please note the earlier 7:45pm start time.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconThe Reg Mills Lecture

    Paul Ranford has tutored many courses on this, and other, science history topics. He will discuss how The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man were received by the intellectual world and the British public.

  • Tue
    27
    Sep
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconDr Alan Birkett will reprise his very-well-received 2015 introduction to using an online guide, which he has been involved with developing, to identify trees. This time he will concentrate on the conifers.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconWe are going to undertake our photographic safari under the expert guidance of Simon Bunker.

  • Tue
    11
    Oct
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconThe Struttons have been granted a well-earned year off and we welcome back the team of Martin Kincaid and Paul Lund to challenge our brains this year.

  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconA first for us! Bill Block is a research biologist who has worked in the Polar Regions, and his special interest is how animals adapt to the cold.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconChris Heward, a PhD Student, has agreed to tell us about the research he has been undertaking in association with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

  • Tue
    01
    Nov
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconMatt Andrews will introduce us to the butterflies (in particular) and also to some of the birds and plants of this area which remains largely unknown to British naturalists.

  • Tue
    08
    Nov
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconBob Hook worked for a while with Birdlife Malta on their wildlife crime issues. Doing this made him realise that much still needs to be done in this country. He will focus on the types of wildlife crime which anyone could witness, record and report..

  • Tue
    15
    Nov
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconEdward Mayer, of The Swift Conservation Organisation, is sometimes known as “Mr Swift”. He is coming to tell us all about these enigmatic – and threatened – birds and what we can do to make their lives just that bit easier.

  • Tue
    22
    Nov
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconThis is a traditional members’ evening – with a twist. Volunteers for 10-15 minute slots to Jean Cooke, please. In particular volunteers are wanted to introduce us briefly to their current areas of interest!

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconWe are all familiar with Jeff Blincow’s excellent photographs and presentations. This year he will show us what he has found in Cuba.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016

    Indoor meeting iconThis evening is likely to prove controversial! Martin Kincaid will explain his reasons for avoiding nest-boxes – you can (if you wish) provide a contrary argument.

  • Tue
    13
    Dec
    2016

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