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
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.
History of the Society
On 8 February 1968 an article in a local newspaper mentioned that there was an interest in the formation of a natural history group. As a result, three people met in March to discuss the matter and at the next meeting (on 29 March), a further person and about 20 children were in attendance. Roy Maycock, the Society’s President was one of the members of this initial group and is still an active member of the society. Membership is currently about 90 and up to 40 of these are to be found at most meetings.
Early meetings were held at West Bletchley Community Centre with moves to Rectory Cottages then Bradwell Abbey and then for some 20 years, at the Hanson Environmental Study Centre, Great Linford. In January 2005 a return to our former ‘home’ at Bradwell Abbey was made. These moves within the Milton Keynes area have ensured that the core membership is of local, Milton Keynes, people but we also have some members from further afield.
The interests and expertise of the membership is very diverse and there is usually someone who will know something about any group of plants or animals or if not, knows who to contact to find out. It is this wide range of knowledge and interests that enables the Society to flourish with a friendly atmosphere and many long term members.
Why we use the Magpie as the society's logo
When our membership increased we were asked to do a page of local natural history interest for the Stony Stratford and Wolverton Standard newspaper. To make it more attractive a border of plants and animals was drawn by a member Bob Mandale. In those days there was no colour printing so a magpie was incorporated into the border as it is primarily black and white, and thereafter it featured in all our work. When a regular society newsletter was introduced then The Magpie became an obvious title – not just for its’ colour but also it habit of ‘picking up bits’. it has been the society's logo ever since.