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
    09
    Jan
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    We start the year with Chris Ward’s lovely pictures of birds (and a few other things) of Florida. Should warm us up nicely!

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018
    2:00 pm

    Meet at 14:00 on Saturday, 13 January 2018 at the Reserve Car Park (SP70126)Leader Linda Murphy

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Continuing our theme of escaping winter, come and see what Steve Brady found when he toured South Australia and New Zealand last year.

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018

    Camera Icon
    Start time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    All entries must be handed to Julie, Linda or Jean by the end of the January 16th meeting.

    Prints only can be entered.
    Maximum size of prints A4 (210x297mm).

    Each member may enter a maximum of 2 prints per category. (That’s 8 prints in total). Prints must be unmounted.

    The four categories are:-

    1) Birds
    2) All other animals, including mammals, fish, insects, etc.
    3) Plants and fungi.
    4) Habitats, geological, astronomical.

    Domestic animals and cultivated plants are not eligible.

    People must not be a major subject of any photograph. May the best photograph win! It could be yours!

  • Tue
    30
    Jan
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Fossil evidence for bats goes back millions of years and it is likely that the earliest bats shared the earth with the dinosaurs. We are delighted to welcome back Lisa Worledge, of the Bat Conservation Trust, to tell us what is known of bat evolution.

  • Tue
    06
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Kenny Cramer has been engaged in regular bird ringing at Linford Lakes and in many other places. He will tell us about these, and what he has learned about bird populations as a result.

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Jean Cooke has revisited Turkey, a new area this time, and will tell us about the plants (mainly) she saw there and explain why she believes the countryside is buzzing!

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    It’s that time again! Time to turn our thoughts towards the coming summer. Mary and Philip Sarre are taking us through this exercise. Come ready to contribute your own ideas.

  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Di Parsons will take us on safari – to Kenya and Tanganyika. Will there be an eclipse as well?

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018
    2:00 pm

    Meet at 2 p.m at the Manor Farm Car Park, MK12 5NN.                                   Leaders – Martin Kincaid and Joe Clinch

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    People, Ponds and Water is a project launched by the Freshwater Habitats Trust to engage people in protecting our freshwater heritage. Peter Case will tell us about it.

  • Tue
    13
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Offers, please, to Jean Cooke. Tell us about a book you have just discovered, whether newly published or not, which you have enjoyed and think would be of interest to other members.

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Everyone’s favourite! We aim to conduct the formal business quickly and have time for a drink and a few nibbles.

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Patrick Barkham - Islanders

     

    Patrick Barkham is a natural history writer for The Guardian. He is also the author of a number of excellent books – including “The Butterfly Isles” and “Badgerlands”.

    Recently he has published “Islander: a journey around our archipelago”, which is an exploration of eleven of the smaller islands of Britain – in search of their special magic.

    We are delighted to welcome him to talk about this most recent of his projects.

  • Tue
    03
    Apr
    2018

    Beach iconNo Meeting

     

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    How and why do birds sing? Why do people react so emotionally to bird song?
    Saffron Summerfield will give us a thought provoking presentation based on her own research and recordings. Prepare to be amazed!

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Joint meeting with the inland waterways association

    Protecting and improving wildlife along waterways of the
    Southern midlands.

    Richard Bennett, environmental officer of the canal and river trust, is coming to
    Talk to both societies about our local river and canal habitats.

  • Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.00pm, for an 7:30pm start.

    The charity, Caring for God’s Acre, is keen to encourage people to record the wildlife which can be found in churchyards and other burial grounds.

    Andrea Gilpin is coming to tell us more about this – and hopefully to get some of you involved! This event has been rearranged from the Autumn programme.

  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018
    7:00 pm

    Start time 19:00

    Details will be published nearer the event.