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

                                click here for map

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
    11
    Nov
    2014
    19:30 for 20:00Cruck Barn at the City Discovery Centre

    A talk from our own Julie Lane on how to engage and inspire teenagers in the wonders of the natural world by getting them involved in practical outside projects and exposing them to the wildlife on their doorsteps

  • Tue
    18
    Nov
    2014

    Alan and Linda Piggott visited Uist and turned their attention away from the stars in the sky to the stars of the island. What did they find?

  • Mon
    24
    Nov
    2014
    7:30 pm

    Meeting to plan revised website for the Society.Boots

  • Tue
    25
    Nov
    2014

    Indoor meetingThe current Warden of the BBOWT Dancers End Reserve, Mick Jones, will tell us something of the history of that Reserve and how it fits into the wider scheme of things.

  • Tue
    02
    Dec
    2014

    You know it will be good! Jeff Blincow shares his travels and experiences with us once again.

  • Tue
    09
    Dec
    2014

    Husband and wife team Rick and Elis Simpson have decided to dedicate their lives to promoting wader conservation. They take a look at the world’s Plovers and the great variety to be found among them.

  • Tue
    16
    Dec
    2014

    Come and enjoy yourselves! Bring food and drink and your good selves for a great and relaxing evening among friends.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Start time 19:00

    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 iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

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

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

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

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

     

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017

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

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

  • Sun
    26
    Nov
    2017
    2:00 pm

    Leaders: Martin Kincaid and Ann Strutton
    Start time 14:00

    North Willen Lake. A late autumn walk to look for wildfowl and hopefully watch starlings coming in to the roost. Meet at the Willen Pavilion car park, MK15 9DL SP 876410

  • Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017

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

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

    Estelle 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

    Start time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

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

  • Tue
    09
    Jan
    2018

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

    Details will be published nearer the time.