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.
Hazeley Wood is a 10.6ha area of plantation woodland establish in 1991 on a former wheat field. The start of a new woodland, on a clean slate, provided an ideal opportunity for a long term study of the ecological changes that will occur as the plantation develops into a woodland.
At the invitation of The Parks Trust, members of the MKNHS formed a group of volunteer surveyors who studied as many of the ecological aspects of the site as they could in the years 1993, 1994 and 1995. Each gives a ‘snapshot’ of the ecology of the site in the immediate post-planting years, providing the essential baseline data against which to monitor future changes. It is the intention that a series of such publications will eventually be used to prepare a monograph on the ecology of a developing woodland in the long term.
Since these early studies the Parks Trust has commissioned a survey of the moths in 1999, the field layer vegetation 10 years on in 2001 (including measuring the success of introduced woodland species) and butterflies in 2002/2003.
Map of Hazeley Wood