Welcome to the Milton Keynes Natural History Society
We are a friendly, diverse group with about 100 members at present. The Society has been active in Milton Keynes since 1968 and we welcome new members.
In normal years, we run a full programme of weekly events. In summer, we meet on a Tuesday evening for outdoor walk/nature rambles, and in the winter months for indoor talks in the Cruck Barn at Bradwell Abbey. These events are open to all members and you are very welcome to come along to a few events before joining. However, this year is not a normal year.
This autumn we will be holding our monthly meetings via Zoom. Details of meetings in September are given on the Programme page.
There is also guidance on how to access and use Zoom on the Zoom Support page.
About the website
We have recently made some changes to the website, in particular a new page for Members’ News. We will keep the Society News page for news relating to the running of the society such as committee announcements, changes to the website, etc. (This includes a request from Martin Kincaid for your sightings of hedgehogs in your garden.)
So the Members’ News page will be where you will find well-illustrated articles which members have submitted to share with others about what’s happening in our local area. Recent articles include:
- Tony Wood has prepared a summary of Summer Wildlife around the area, based on the Recent Sightings page, and contributions from others
- A brief report and a video recording about Bats in Churches, from Sue Hetherington
- An article by Alan Birkett on Autumn Trees, and why their leaves change colour
- A report from Gordon Redford of his moth records in August in Little Linford Nature Reserve (his May, June and July reports are also available)
- An excellent chance to watch, from the comfort of your home, Gordon Redford and Ayla Webb emptying the moth traps at Little Linford NR on a damp and windy morning on 26th August.
- Chris Coppock’s lakeside reflection on the tribulations of identifying an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar
- A fascinating account of recording nocturnal migration of birds, from Harry Appleyard’s Tattenhoe garden
- News from Harry Appleyard of his sighting of a Lesser Emperor dragonfly in Tattenhoe Park – a new species for Milton Keynes
- Andy Harding’s unexpected success in luring Clearwing moths
- An item from Sue Hetherington about inviting nature in to her new garden.
- An encounter with stag-beetles near Totternhoe, with stunning photos, from Matt Andrews
- News of a new wildflower habitat at Stanton Low, and an entertaining account of cuckoo ringing at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve, from Martin Kincaid
- An update on John Prince’s work on Dormice in Little Linford Wood, with an appeal to anyone who’d like to get involved.
- A short piece on Andy Harding’s fascinating observation of a Buff Tip moth in his garden.
- Amazing photos of the inhabitants of Simon Bunker’s new pond.
- News of bees’ fondness for the Secret Bee Bush – Ann and Mark Strutton’s Cotoneaster.
- A video report of meadow saxifrage in Stony Stratford Nature Reserve, by Jenny Mercer.
Plus earlier reports of Spring during lockdown in Tattenhoe (Harry Appleyard), Olney river meadows (Julie Lane), Newport Pagnell’s Bury Field (Ann Jones) and the countryside around Gawcott, nr Buckingham (Sue Hetherington).
And the July 2020 edition of the new Magpie Digest can be found here.
Your own articles, thoughts, photos and recordings will be very welcome, as well as your feedback on the website. Just send them in to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also love to use your photos on the site. There is a dedicated menu called Gallery where we have included the shortlisted entries in the annual photography competition and there is an album called Members Photos just waiting for your masterpieces. We would also love to use the photos throughout the site to illustrate different aspect of wildlife in our area.
We hope you enjoy using the Society’s new website and we look forward to receiving your comments, articles and photos so that we can have a dynamic and exciting site that we can all contribute to and enjoy.
Header photo credits: Hawthorn – Paul Lund, Puffball – Tony Wood, Evening Sky – Harry Appleyard