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.
The aims of the Society are:
- To promote public interest in wildlife
- To provide a meeting place for people with natural history interests
- To encourage the study and preservation of our flora and fauna
- To provide a forum for natural history debate
In normal years, we run a full programme of weekly events. In summer, we meet on a Tuesday evening for outdoor walks/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, we are not in normal times. This winter we are holding our monthly meetings via Zoom, and until further notice. Details of upcoming meetings are given on the Programme page. Most meetings are recorded, and can be accessed by members for one month after the meeting.
There is also guidance on how to access and use Zoom on the Meeting by Zoom page.
About the website
One of the most popular pages is Recent Sightings, where sightings in the Milton Keynes areas are reported by members and others. This is updated regularly. You can find a link to this in the websites sidebar, along with links to recent news items and forthcoming meetings.
The Society News page has news items relating to the running of the society such as committee announcements, changes to the website, etc. In January 2021, this includes information about the MKNHS Photo Competition 2021, for which the closing date is 26th January. Entries from all members are welcome. Links to recordings of Zoom meetings are also under Society News.
The Members’ News page is where you will find well-illustrated articles which members have submitted to share with others about what’s happening in our local area. A list of Members’ News Articles (with links) can be found here.
Recent articles include:
- The joy of allotments and how I make mine wildlife-friendly – Jenny Mercer’s story of her wildlife-friendly allotment during lockdown, and how she developed it.
- Martin Kincaid writes about the appearance of the Duke of Burgundy at Blue Lagoon LNR in Bletchley: Duke of Burgundy Butterfly and Blue Lagoon LNR – Martin Kincaid
- A report by Mary Sarre about the incidence of Mistletoe in Milton Keynes: Mistletoe – a Seasonal Favourite?
- An article by Julie Lane, about the process of identifying a mystery fungus found in Salcey Forest: Identifying a mystery fungus – Julie Lane
- A summary of wildlife sightings of interest during Autumn (October to December), from Tony Wood: Local wildlife summary: Autumn 2020 – Tony Wood (This is a regular quarterly feature.)
- A fascinating account of Joe Clinch’s development of his garden as a wildlife habitat: Evolving your garden for wildlife – Joe Clinch
- Gordon Redford’s regular monthly report of his survey of moths in the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve, together with a year-end summmary: Linford Lakes NR Moth Report: December 2020 and Year-end Summary 2020– Gordon Redford (You can also find reports from past months.)
- An article by Julie Lane of some of the delights of autumn, seen in Salcey Forest: Autumn Jewels: Salcey Forest
If you would like to read a digest of news from earlier periods, you’ll find the latest edition of the new Magpie Digest here, with a link to earlier editions.
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 from past years 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 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 ©: Hazel catkins by Julie Lane, Coltsfoot by Jenny Mercer, 7-spot ladybird on Snowdrops by Julian Lambley.