About Us

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. We meet on a Tuesday evening and hold indoor talks in the winter months and outdoor walk/nature rambles in the summer. These events are open to all members and you are of course welcome to come along to a few events before joining.

The Summer Programme is suspended as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. A further announcement will be posted if and when it proves possible to re-instate any part of it.

But instead of getting out and about around the Milton Keynes area, you have the chance to share the experiences of Spring under lockdown in Tattenhoe, Olney, 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 – all available under ‘Society News’. And don’t forget the latest edition of Magpie…

Your own thoughts, photos and recordings will be very welcome. Just send them in to:
webeditor@mknhs.org.uk.

Winter Programme

During the winter, the Society presents a talk every Tuesday from September through to the end of April at:

The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey,
Alston Drive, Milton Keynes  MK13 9AP  

click here for map

The meetings open at 7:30pm with refreshments, followed by an 8:00pm start. The talks are usually 1-1.5 hours long. See the programme for more details. Meeting are free for members. There is a charge of £2.00 for non-members.

Summer Programme

In the summer months, May to August, weekly field visits are arranged to sites of local and regional natural history interest in the company of experienced naturalists. These meetings usually start at 7:00pm. See the programme for more details. Occasional trips outside the area and of longer duration are also held.

Please use the contact form to give us your feedback on the website and to submit articles for publication. 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 Ron Arnold 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.


The image at the top of the page shows the Society’s 6m by 2m poster which is now mounted in pride of place on the first floor of MK library. The poster is a selection of photographs taken by the following talented members of the Society:

Arthur Allen
Harry Appleyard
Alan Birkett
Ella Cooke
Peter Hassett
Julie Lane
Paul Lund
Paul Manchester
Linda Murphy
Di Parsons
Alan Piggott
Janice Robertson
Anne Strutton
Mark Strutton
Tony Wood
Paul Young