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.

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.

Because of continuing Coronavirus uncertainties, the Society has reluctantly decided to cancel its regular outdoor led walks for the rest of the summer. Read more on the Programme page for alternative ways of enjoying local wildlife walks, including a description of the walk we could in normal circumstances have undertaken in North Loughton Valley Park with Joe Clinch.

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:

  • News from Sue Hetherington of a photo of a juvenile peregrine in Aylesbury
  • An entertaining account of cuckoo ringing at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve
  • 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.
  • A report from Gordon Redford of his recent moth records in Little Linford Nature Reserve.
  • Amazing photos of the inhabitants of Simon Bunker’s new pond.
  • News of bees’ fondness for 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 under lockdown in Tattenhoe, Olney river meadows, Newport Pagnell’s Bury Field and the countryside around Gawcott (nr Buckingham), through the contributions from members Harry Appleyard, Julie Lane, Ann Jones and Sue Hetherington.

And don’t forget the latest edition of Magpie  …

Get involved

Your own articles, thoughts, photos and recordings will be very welcome, as well as your feedback on the website. Just send them in to: webeditor@mknhs.org.uk.

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.