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
    10
    Jan
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconSteve Brady visited New Zealand in 2016 and will tell (and show) us what he found there.

  • Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconWe’ve all heard of BMERC, but how many of us are completely clear on its role and significance? Julia Carey is coming to explain all, and answer any questions we may have.

     

  • Tue
    24
    Jan
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconSearch out your best images and see how they fare in this, our annual competition for the Ron Arnold Shield. You can submit prints up to A4 size. All entries must be handed to Jean Cooke by the end of the January 17th meeting. Full details, including categories, in the December Magpie.

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconYou all know it will be good! Chris Ward is going to show us his excellent pictures of this fascinating island’s wild life.

  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconThis should be really exciting! Di Parsons is going to share her earth bound wildlife and heaven bound experiences with us.

  • Tue
    14
    Feb
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconIt’s that time again – our thoughts can turn away from winter to the coming summer. Mary and Philip Sarre are taking us through this exercise for the first time.

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconMick Jones has been deeply involved in seeing the opportunities offered by the proposed East-West Rail re-opening (the reinstatement of the Oxford/Milton Keynes/Cambridge route) – and getting others to see them too!

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconOffers, please, (to Julie Lane, Linda Murphy or Jean Cooke) to tell everyone about a book you have recently discovered, or perhaps one which has been a great influence in encouraging your interest in natural history.

  • Tue
    07
    Mar
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconAn intriguing title? You will have to be there to find out what Roy Maycock has up his sleeve this year!

  • Tue
    14
    Mar
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconReturning to speak to us after what she describes as “many years” Dr Helen Read will tell us about recent research at Burnham Beeches.

  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconEveryone’s favourite – but we usually manage to conduct the formal business quickly and follow on with a drink and a few nibbles.

  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconBrian Eversham describes his talk in the following terms: “An illustrated introduction to the small but fascinating world of insects, fungi, lichens and more besides.” Something for everyone!

  • Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconLisa Worledge, of the Bat Conservation Trust, comes highly recommended, and will introduce us to the world of bats.

  • Tue
    11
    Apr
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconYour chance to find out a bit more about some of the specialist areas of interest of our members.

    Three or four volunteers are needed to set up their “stalls” so they can talk about and/or demonstrate how they pursue their interest.

    A chance to recruit others to share your enthusiasm! Offers to Jean Cooke, please.

  • Tue
    18
    Apr
    2017


    Beach iconNo Meeting

  • Tue
    25
    Apr
    2017

    Indoor meeting iconThe first of a planned “How to … “  series -- look out for the next one in the autumn!

    Julie Lane and Lewis Dickinson are going to explain how to go about making formal records of your natural history observations, so that other interested parties can access them.

  • Tue
    02
    May
    2017

    BootsLeader:  Mike LeRoy

    Largest of MK’s three semi-natural ancient woodlands: 97 acres of wet Oak-Ash woodland, with ancient woodland plants, birds and invertebrates.

    Park in Breckland (NOT by the city TV mast). We will collect records.

    SP845406 MK14 6FG

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017

    BootsLeader: Martin Kincaid

    Canal and riverside walks, grassland and the ruins of St Peter’s Church.

    Meet at car park off Newport Road between the Grand Union canal and ASDA.

    SP838418  MK14 6GL

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017

    BootsLeader: Mervyn Dobbiin

    This wood is an SSSI, a possible remnant of the ‘wildwood’ of the Domesday Book, with a rich flora and fauna. We will be concentrating on early evening birdsong.

    Click on this link to download more details about this walk.

    Meet in the car park at SP830 345. MK4 3GG

  • Tue
    23
    May
    2017

    BootsLeader: Roy Maycock

    Primarily a meeting for recording flowering plants (hand lens useful).

    Car parking by the roadside (narrow in places). Easy walking at a slow pace! SP910268       LU7 0DU

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017
    11:00 am

    Boots

    An annual event at Milton Keynes Museum where the Society will have a display for the first time and take part in some activities to encourage interest in wildlife.

    Help needed with our display and activities – offers to Julie Lane or Linda Murphy

  • Sun
    28
    May
    2017
    11:00 am

    Boots

    An annual event at Milton Keynes Museum where the Society will have a display for the first time and take part in some activities to encourage interest in wildlife.

    Help needed with our display and activities – offers to Julie Lane or Linda Murphy

  • Tue
    30
    May
    2017

    BootsLeader: Joe Clinch

    Small lakes and areas of rough grassland, trees and thicket. Access is good but can be muddy in places. Could see common tern, lapwing, bullfinch and meadow saxifrage.

    Meet at car cark by Reserve off Queen Eleanor Street SP793409             MK11 1DB

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017

    BootsLeader: Linda Murphy

    Part of the ancient Royal Forest of Bernwood, now owned by BBOWT: woodland, coppice and clearing. Good for plants, insects, birds and bats.

    Access  via a private track from the Quainton to Edgecott lane 100m east of the pylons. Meet at the car park on the edge of the wood. Be prompt and share cars  – we have to lock the gate as the track is not owned by BBOWT.

    SP721215           Postcode (for Woodlands Farm) HP22 4DE

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017

    Leaders: Jenny Huggett and Steve Brady

    Meet in National Trust car park, Ivinghoe Hills, for 2-3 mile walk on the Chiltern ridge, returning at a lower level. Chalk grassland and patches of woodland support birds, insects including butterflies.

    SP965160. (NB the nearest Postcode is a farm, not the car park, so is no use)

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017

    BootsLeader:  Roy Maycock

    The only Local Nature Reserve in MK Borough, with a deep former clay pit and smaller lakes.  Plenty of birds, insects and plants to suit all tastes. Walking mostly easy.

    Meet in car park off Drayton Road, Bletchley.

    SP870325.    MK3 3JU

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    18.00HRS    Please bring plenty of food and drink to share and, if you can provide a barbecue, please let Martin Kincaid know.

    SP843428  MK14 5AH

  • Tue
    27
    Jun
    2017

    BootsLeader:     Mike Killeby

    Closest chalk to Milton Keynes. Good for butterflies and wild flowers.

    Take A5 to Dunstable. At top of Chalk Hill turn right at traffic lights to French’s Avenue. Park at end of road in industrial estate.                                                          TL006228.       LU6 1BH

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017
    11.00-16.00

    BootsMK Festival of Nature logo colour pngThe start of the MK Festival of Nature, celebrating the riches of the wood and in memory of founding member Bernard Frewin. Help needed with our display, and activities – offers to Julie Lane, Linda Murphy or Martin Kincaid.

    Meet in car park opposite Westcroft District Centre off Chaffron Way (H7).

    SP830344                 MK4 3BG

  • Tue
    04
    Jul
    2017

    Boots

    MK Festival of Nature logo_final

    Leaders: Linda Murphy and Julie Lane

    Part of the MK Festival of Nature, members of the public are invited to join us to find out more about the wildlife around the lake.

    Meet in the Peace Pagoda car park off the V10, Brickhill Street. (NB Pay and Display, £2.20 for 4 hrs).

    SP874406       MK15 0AH

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017
    11:00 am

    Boots

    Leader:  Martin Kincaid

    Forestry Commission woodland with open rides. Well known for purple emperor and wood white butterflies.

    Meet at small car park – car share essential as parking limited.

    SP660450          NN12 8XB

  • Tue
    11
    Jul
    2017

    Boots

    Leader: Di Parsons

    A walk along a tree-lined stream with lakes and reed bed.

    Meet in the car park west of the V4, Watling Street, just to the south of the footbridge to the bowl. (Not the Pub car park north of the lake).
    SP852359

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017

    Boots

    Leader: Di Parsons

    A new area of Rushmere Country Park: down a wet woodland valley to Black Lake and adjacent meadow.

    Entrance to car park is at SP916278, 100m east of the cross-roads in Rushmere.  Postcode: LU7 0AU. Caution: this indicates a row of houses – continue south until you get a sign for Rushmere on the right. NB There is a £3.00 exit charge from car park.

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    9:00 pm

    An annual event in memory of George Higgs. Later start to allow some good mothing time, weather permitting. Fold-up chairs, torches, flasks of something to drink have been helpful in the past.

    Meet in the roadside car park south of Nash at

    SP786327 MK17 0EH

  • Tue
    25
    Jul
    2017

    Leaders: Mary and Phil Sarre

    Meet in the Church car park, Old Wolverton Road, for a varied, 3-part walk, taking in part of the FloodPlain Forest Nature Reserve.

    SP805413                            Post code (of church) MK12 5NJ

  • Tue
    01
    Aug
    2017

    Leader: Viola Read

    Three fields of a former dairy farm maintained for the use of local people. Good plant and other records have been collected previously.

    Little parking. Meet at Woburn Sands central car park, Russell Street for short walk to site.

    SP931358                                        MK17 8NT

  • Tue
    08
    Aug
    2017

    Leader: Gordon Redford

    Flowers and invertebrates and an opportunity to assess the ancient woodland restoration underway at Oakhill Wood.

    Meet in the car park at the western end of H5 Portway at SP815361                                                                    MK5 6LY

  • Tue
    15
    Aug
    2017

    Leaders: Arthur Allen and Mervyn Dobbin

    Common land since 1276: riverside meadows, recently excavated ponds, old quarry, ridge and furrow.

    Meet in Queens Avenue car park behind the Medical Centre off High Street.

    SP874439                      MK16 8QT

  • Tue
    22
    Aug
    2017

    Leader: Mike Killeby

    Park in upper car park at the Abbey. We will walk through North Loughton Valley Park to the railway embankment. A very varied site.

    SP827395      MK13 9AP

  • Tue
    29
    Aug
    2017

    Leader: Lewis Dickinson

    This area of parkland is currently seeing much restoration of its historic features. We will see some of the progress made in the first year and with luck will see several species of bat at dusk!

    Meet at the Arts Centre car park off Parklands, Great Linford.

    SP851423   MK14 5DZ

  • Tue
    05
    Sep
    2017

    Meeting iconYour chance to tell us what you have been up to this summer. 10-15 minute contributions are invited. Offers, please, to Julie Lane and/or Linda Murphy.

  • Tue
    12
    Sep
    2017

    Meeting iconWe all know that when Jeff Blincow wanders around anywhere he sees lots of good things – and manages to get some brilliant photographs of them.

  • Tue
    19
    Sep
    2017

    Meeting iconThis beautiful country does things in its own totally unique way. Julie Lane will tell us more about it and the activities of one of the many NGOs trying to help it find its way in a modern world.

  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017

    Meeting iconMatt Andrews will take us to these lovely islands – lots of great birds guaranteed, and more.

     

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017

    Meeting iconSadly, we all know that the number of butterflies to be seen around has reduced considerably. We are very lucky to have Nick Bowles to talk about initiatives for the conservation of these beautiful and popular creatures.

  • Tue
    10
    Oct
    2017

    Meeting iconBetter known locally as a birder, Bill Parker is also a keen arachnologist and is currently working as a volunteer on the British spider collection at the Natural History Museum. He is going to introduce us to this fascinating and beautiful group of arthropods, about which most of us know very little.

  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017

    Meeting iconWatch a herd of slipper animalcules navigate their miniature world and see the bell animalcules catch their prey! Mark Dornan will use a microscope to reveal just a bit of the micro life that our macro world depends upon.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017

    Meeting iconHow many species of crocodile are there? What differentiates them? Are they endangered? Simon Bunker will give us the answers to these and many more questions

  • Tue
    31
    Oct
    2017

    Meeting iconNeil Chalmers, who, in his distinguished career, spent 10 years as Director of the Natural History Museum, will describe how the museum’s collections have developed from the 18th Century to the present, and how the museum’s scientists carry out research on the collection.

  • Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017

    Meeting iconThe charity, Caring for God’s Acre, is keen to encourage people to record the wildlife which can be found in churchyards and burial grounds. Andrea Gilpin is coming to tell us more about this – and hopefully to get some of you involved!

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017

    Meeting iconOver to you for a traditional members’ night. Offers of 10-15 minute contributions to Jean Cooke, please.

  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017

    Meeting iconMartin Kincaid will explain the processes involved, and the objectives of, this fabulous project right on our doorstep.

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017

    Meeting iconSharpen up your wits. Give your brain a workout! The Struttons are returning to their roles as fiendish quizmasters to challenge all of us.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017

    Meeting iconEstelle Bailey is Chief Executive of BBOWT (Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust).  She will tell what she sees as the main challenges and opportunities thrown up by present uncertainties.

  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017

    Always a favourite!.Bring your own drinks, and a plate of something to share (let Colin Docketty know what you can bring – we want a good variety