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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

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.

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.

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.

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 from past years in the annual photography competition and there is an album called Members Photos. 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: Cygnets at Stony Stratford  © Eilish Freidman, Small tortoiseshell caterpillars © Charles Kessler, Green winged orchids © Sue Hetherington.