Other Events

This page provides details of wildlife events organised by other organisations.

MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday at Linford Lakes NR 10:00 – 16:00hrs

    Tea and coffee, craft stall and home-made cakes available.
    Second-hand books on sale as well as many other items.
    “Warbler walk”. Meet at the Centre at 08:00 – 08:30 hrs. Open to everyone.
    Bring friends and family to enjoy the reserve at this special time of year.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019
    Milton Keynes Museum

    Go wild at the museum for our hugely popular Look at Life weekend.

    Free attractions over the weekend are likely to include:

    ♣ fascinating microscope safaris – wildlife on a tiny scale

    ♣  displays and activities from visiting wildlife groups

    ♣  Nature-themed crafts – something for our young visitors to craft and take home

    Come along and explore the parts of the Museum and ALL its life that you may not have seen before!

    Click here for more information.

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    Mon
    27
    May
    2019

    When it comes to providing vital nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, every flower counts. And your lawn can help provide that feast.

    By taking part in this brand new citizen science action, we will show you how much nectar the flowers in your lawn are producing.

    The more wild flowers you have in your lawn – and the more types of wild flowers – the more nectar will be produced. If you #SayNoMow and leave areas of your lawn unmown, you’re likely to have many more wild flowers and lots more nectar.

    From your results, we will calculate a National Nectar Index to show how lawns across Britain are helping to feed our pollinators. We’ll also reveal the top ten lawn flowers in Britain and show you how to increase the number of flowers in your lawn.

    We’re asking you to get out and look at your lawn on the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend – Saturday 25th May to Monday 27th May.

    Click here for more information.: Every Flower Counts | Plantlife

  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trusts will be hosting the annual Oxford Festival of Nature from the 25 May - 9 June 2019

    Click here for more information.: Sloths, bugs, vultures and beavers...

  • Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    NatureFest Poster 2019

    NatureFest Poster 2019

    Click here to visit NatureFest's Facebook page.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: College Lake, near Tring
    Meet in car park (£3 suggested donation) signed off B488 ¼ mile north of canal bridge, Bulbourne. SP 936 138, HP23 5QG
    Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

    NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - COME AND TRY IT!
    Ever wanted to try wildlife photography, but put off because it seems too technical or expensive? Here's your opportunity, even if your only camera is your 'phone!
    If birds seem too challenging, College Lake has plenty of flowers and insects. We have the hide for an initial meet-up, and afterwards a chance to compare notes in the cafe. Most paths are accessible to wheelchairs - Mobility scooter available for hire - please contact the reserve in advance on 01442826774.
    Event Leader : Paul Young

    Time: 10 am to 1 pm

    Price: Free event - Parking donation to support the Wildlfe Trust

    Read more at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/events/#DyfQO641kuyGlqHy.99

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
    Sun
    30
    Jun
    2019

    #30DaysWild is the Wildlife Trust's wonderful wild challenge. This June, we challenge you to do something wild every day. Take your lunch outside, let a patch of your lawn grow wild, or simply pause to notice the beauty of the wildlife around you.

    Click here for more information.: Join the UK's month-long nature challenge 🌻🐇🐞

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 amLinford Lakes NR

    Aerial view of Linford Lakes Study Centre

    Task Sunday at Linford Lakes NR

    10:00- 13:00hrs
    Come and help tidy up the reserve.
    Jobs for all levels of fitness and all abilities.
    Refreshments available for helpers.

  • Wed
    05
    Jun
    2019

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: Meet at Stockgrove entrance car park (part of Rushmere Country Park), Brickhill Rd, Heath and Reach
    SP 919 294, LU7 0BA (NB NOT the main Rushmere car park). Parking £3.00 (no change given). Cafe and toilets. The X150 bus goes nearby.
    Postcode: LU7 0BA (Google map)

    Bedfordshire's largest ancient woodland, and a National Nature Reserve. Its complex history and patchwork of soils produce a great variety of fauna and flora. Nearby Rammamere Heath was restored for tree pipit, woodlark and nightjar: it still has adders. Paths are sadly too steep and muddy for wheelchairs/buggies.

    Walk Leader: Mike Bird

    Time: 10 am to 1 pm

    Price: Free event, £3 parking fee

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 amLinford Lakes NR

     

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday at Linford Lakes NR 10:00 - 16:00 hrs

    Tea and coffee, craft stall and home-made cakes available.
    Second-hand books on sale as well as many other items.
    Guided walk to take place from the Centre at about 11:00.
    Open to everyone.
    Bring friends and family to enjoy this beautiful local nature reserve.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 amWhipsnade & Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: Our field trip to this area last year was in mid-May - specifically to see the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly - and we succeeded. They are usually on the wing between mid-May and mid-June - so there's still a chance of us seeing one with this mid-June visit.

    However, the area has so much more to offer - the chalk downlands attract 31 other species of butterfly and, at the end of June, many the wild orchids will be at their peak.
    We hope to hear (and see) several warblers and other scrub birds - great views too from one of South East England's highest points.

    Steep slopes and narrow pathways are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.
    Parking in Chiltern Gateway Visitor Centre car park - now £3.50 per day (free for National Trust members)
    Meet at Visitor Centre, off the B4541 one mile south of Dunstable
    Cafe and toilets in the Visitor Centre.
    Postcode: LU6 2GY (Google map)

    A return visit. Last year we went in search of rare Duke of Burgundy butterflies ... & found them.
    What will we see this year?

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event - parking charge £3.50

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Wed
    26
    Jun
    2019

    Wildlife Trust Logo

    Wildlife Trust Logo

    On 26th June thousands of us will gather at Westminster, central London, to call on our politicians to set the foundations for a brighter, greener and safer world. People across the globe are suffering from the effects of climate change and our wildlife populations are being wiped out. The time is now for MPs to end the UK’s contribution to climate change and pass ambitious laws for nature's recovery on land and at sea. We simply don’t have time to waste. Join us to show our politicians the way to a #WilderFuture.

    Click here for more information.

  • Mon
    01
    Jul
    2019
    Wed
    31
    Jul
    2019

    Emperor Dragonfly, Stonepit Field, 15Jul14, Peter Hassett

    Emperor Dragonfly, Stonepit Field, 15Jul14, Peter Hassett

    The Challenge

    The Dragonfly Challenge will be taking place throughout July.

    Week 1 Learn a cool dragonfly fact a day.
    Week 2 Find and visit dragonfly sites near you.
    Week 3 Learn to identify some of the most common species.
    Week 4 Complete one easy activity a day to help dragonflies.
    Week 5 Help the BDS protect dragonflies and their wetland habitats.

    Click here for more information.

  • Sat
    06
    Jul
    2019

    National Meadows Day is an annual event taking place on or around the first Saturday of July.  Our vision is for people to celebrate National Meadows Day in their own city, village, parish, wildlife reserve, allotment or farm all over the UK.

    Last year, more than 125 events took place on or around National Meadows Day, celebrating wildflower grasslands with guided walks, wildlife hunts, arts & crafts, training workshops and more. Click here to see some great photos and other results from these events on Plantlife's blog.

    National Meadows Day this year is on Saturday 6th July - click here to see all the fantastic events taking place to celebrate.

  • Sat
    06
    Jul
    2019
    10:00 amOtmoor

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: Meet in car park, SP 570 126. Space limited. RSPB requests car-share and do not overspill onto lane. From Abingdon Arms pub, Beckley (OX3 9TD), take Otmoor Lane for 1 mile and past firing range.

    The RSPB has (with our Group's support) restored this huge former wetland from intensive agriculture. Summer specialities include hobby, turtle dove and many dragonflies. Three hides but no toilets at this remote site. Paths level, but lengthy.

    Walk leader : Mike Bird

    Time: 10 am to 1 pm

    Price: Free event

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2019
    Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019

    Big Butterfly Count 2019

    Big Butterfly Count 2019

    Help us take nature's pulse by joining the . Find out more about this project

  • Sun
    21
    Jul
    2019
    10:00 amLinford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday at Linford Lakes NR 10:00 – 16:00hrs

    Plenty to see this month. Ducklings on the lakes, family parties of birds in the woods, butterflies, dragonflies, crickets, flowers; perhaps even an otter.

    In the Centre you will find refreshments and homemade cakes, lots of people to chat to, share photos with.

    Second-hand books, crafts and birdseed on sale.

    Friends, family and neighbours welcome.

  • Thu
    01
    Aug
    2019
    10:30 amLinford Lakes NR

    The Parks Trust is holding open days at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve every Thursday in August (in addition to the usual Open Sunday).

    Come and explore the wildlife of Linford Lakes, the best kept secret in Milton Keynes. Activities will range, but may include: bug hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, and our Wildlife Detective Trail and Challenges. All activities are completely free and suitable for all ages. This event is being run by the Parks Trust and the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.

    Open every Thursday during the Summer Holiday between 10.30 and 3.00.

    Please note, as this is a nature reserve, no dogs are allowed. Visiting is usually by permit only, so if you would like to visit the site outside of these days, please sign up for a permit or come to one of the Friends of Linford Lakes open Sundays (see our website for further details).

  • Sun
    04
    Aug
    2019
    10:00 amLinford Lakes NR

    Aerial view of Linford Lakes Study Centre

    Task Sunday at Linford Lakes NR

    10:00- 13:00hrs
    Come and help tidy up the reserve.
    Jobs for all levels of fitness and all abilities.
    Refreshments available for helpers.

  • Thu
    08
    Aug
    2019
    10:30 amLinford Lakes NR

    The Parks Trust is holding open days at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve every Thursday in August (in addition to the usual Open Sunday).

    Come and explore the wildlife of Linford Lakes, the best kept secret in Milton Keynes. Activities will range, but may include: bug hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, and our Wildlife Detective Trail and Challenges. All activities are completely free and suitable for all ages. This event is being run by the Parks Trust and the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.

    Open every Thursday during the Summer Holiday between 10.30 and 3.00.

    Please note, as this is a nature reserve, no dogs are allowed. Visiting is usually by permit only, so if you would like to visit the site outside of these days, please sign up for a permit or come to one of the Friends of Linford Lakes open Sundays (see our website for further details).

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019
    12:00 pmCarsington Water Visitor Centre Ashbourne, Derbyshire

    Carsington Water Visitor Centre
    Ashbourne, Derbyshire

    Join Wild Justice (Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery) for the UK’s 6th Hen Harrier Day. Learn more about our Hen Harriers, discover the TRUTH behind their disappearance in the UK and find out what you can do to help.

    Click here for more information.

  • Thu
    15
    Aug
    2019
    10:30 amLinford Lakes NR

    The Parks Trust is holding open days at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve every Thursday in August (in addition to the usual Open Sunday).

    Come and explore the wildlife of Linford Lakes, the best kept secret in Milton Keynes. Activities will range, but may include: bug hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, and our Wildlife Detective Trail and Challenges. All activities are completely free and suitable for all ages. This event is being run by the Parks Trust and the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.

    Open every Thursday during the Summer Holiday between 10.30 and 3.00.

    Please note, as this is a nature reserve, no dogs are allowed. Visiting is usually by permit only, so if you would like to visit the site outside of these days, please sign up for a permit or come to one of the Friends of Linford Lakes open Sundays (see our website for further details).

  • Fri
    16
    Aug
    2019
    Sun
    18
    Aug
    2019
    Rutland Water Nature Reserve

    Something for everyone 

    • Over 180 talks, events and workshops hosted by wildlife experts
    • Stunning wildlife inspired art and photography
    • Nature watching gear and equipment demonstrations
    • Specialist wildlife and bird watching tour and travel exhibitors
    • Author forums and book signings
    • Nourish and Flourish Hub – delicious food and drinks

    Click here for more information.

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2019
    10:00 amLinford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday at Linford Lakes NR 10:00 – 16:00hrs

    Tea and coffee, craft stall and home-made cakes available.
    Second-hand books on sale as well as many other items.

    Guided walk to take place from the Centre at about 11.00.

    Special event on grasshoppers and crickets on this Open Sunday.

    Open to everyone
    Bring friends and family to enjoy this beautiful local nature reserve.

  • Thu
    22
    Aug
    2019
    10:30 amLinford Lakes NR

    The Parks Trust is holding open days at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve every Thursday in August (in addition to the usual Open Sunday).

    Come and explore the wildlife of Linford Lakes, the best kept secret in Milton Keynes. Activities will range, but may include: bug hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, and our Wildlife Detective Trail and Challenges. All activities are completely free and suitable for all ages. This event is being run by the Parks Trust and the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.

    Open every Thursday during the Summer Holiday between 10.30 and 3.00.

    Please note, as this is a nature reserve, no dogs are allowed. Visiting is usually by permit only, so if you would like to visit the site outside of these days, please sign up for a permit or come to one of the Friends of Linford Lakes open Sundays (see our website for further details).

  • Sat
    24
    Aug
    2019
    10:00 amFinemere Wood

    Dear member(s),

    We are planning a fungi walk this Saturday, August 24th, as the weather recently has been suitably cool and damp and hopefully there should be fungi of interest about. PLEASE NOTE: Derek and I are more than happy to lead but would prefer not to make the journey to Finemere only to find that there's no-one else attending! So if you'd like to come, please phone or email me in advance. If no-one phones then Derek and I won't be going! So if you turn up but don't contact me in advance you may well find you're on your own!

    Details about the site are given below, and we meet as normal at 10.00

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Penny

    01844-351630 (or on the day if delayed or lost 07970-740435)

    Finemere Wood (SSSI – BBOWT) This reserve is a mixture of broadleaved woodland with patches of coppice and scrub, and paths and wide rides. In the centre of the wood is a historic meadow with a pond, now restored. In recent years much of the pine planted in the 1960s and 70s has been felled. Access is through a gate at SP 721 215, on the unclassified road between Edgcott and Quainton, 100 m east of pylons crossing the road. Either park judiciously on the road, or if the gate is open go down the drive to a large clearing surfaced for vehicles.

  • Thu
    29
    Aug
    2019
    10:30 amLinford Lakes NR

    The Parks Trust is holding open days at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve every Thursday in August (in addition to the usual Open Sunday).

    Come and explore the wildlife of Linford Lakes, the best kept secret in Milton Keynes. Activities will range, but may include: bug hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, and our Wildlife Detective Trail and Challenges. All activities are completely free and suitable for all ages. This event is being run by the Parks Trust and the Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.

    Open every Thursday during the Summer Holiday between 10.30 and 3.00.

    Please note, as this is a nature reserve, no dogs are allowed. Visiting is usually by permit only, so if you would like to visit the site outside of these days, please sign up for a permit or come to one of the Friends of Linford Lakes open Sundays (see our website for further details).

  • Sun
    01
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 amLinford Lakes NR

    Aerial view of Linford Lakes Study Centre

    Task Sunday at Linford Lakes NR

    10:00- 13:00hrs
    Come and help tidy up the reserve and socialise with our members.
    Jobs for all levels of fitness and all abilities.
    Refreshments available for helpers.

  • Sat
    07
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 amRutland Water Nature Reserve

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    We start our 2019/20 season with a visit to England's premier inland water site. Last September we saw 62 species of bird, including Snipe, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Scaup, Common Scoter, Garganey and Marsh Harrier. Always a possibility of passage waders and maybe an Osprey or two if they have not yet departed for their winter homes. (Lots of Osprey chicks fledged at Rutland this year so always a chance). Many hides around this large reserve - and a small visitor centre (with shop for books, bins ans scopes - plus a few snacks). We'll aim to return to cars around the middle of the day so you may want to bring a packed lunch.

    Meet in the (free) car park. Nearest postcode LE15 8BT, signposted off the A6003 1 mile south of Oakham.

    Most paths and many hides suitable for wheelchairs & buggies. Mobility scooter available to hire - must be booked in advance - see their web page for more details on this and other access provision.
    https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/visitor-info/accessibility/

    Entrance fee £6/£5 concessions

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 amLings Nature Reserve Northampton

    A workshop which focuses on plants found in urban environments and what can be seen during September

    Click here for more information.

  • Thu
    12
    Sep
    2019
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are hosting a talk:

    Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    Our Group's first illustrated talk of the 2019-20 season. The wildlife of Uganda, from the mountains, through the plains and onto the banks of the mighty River Nile. Gina and Brian's photographs from their recent visit to Uganda will include some of Africa's iconic mammals, a few butterflies and lots of birds - gorgeous bee-eaters, kingfishers, raptors and water birds.
    Why not come and join us for an entertaining and informative evening? - and get our season off to a great start.

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    15
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 - 16:00Linford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday at Linford Lakes NR 10:00 – 16:00hrs

    For those of you who are interested in wildfowl: Andy Harding, former Bucks County Bird Recorder, will be walking round the reserve lakes doing his regular wildfowl count and people are welcome to join him. Please meet at the Centre at 10.00 a.m.

    There may be an opportunity for a general guided walk around the reserve later at 11 a.m. depending on availability of leaders.

    Tea and coffee, home-made cakes available.

    Second-hand books on sale as well as crafts and many other items.

    Bring friends and family to enjoy this unique reserve.

  • Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019
    12:00 - 16:00Great Linford Manor Park

    Family Heritage Open Day - Great Linford Manor Park 22 September 2019

    Click here for more details on the Parts Trust website

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 amFloodplain Forest Nature Reserve

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: Floodplain Forest, Old Wolverton
    Meet in Parks Trust Car Park off Haversham Road (near the railway viaduct)

    This top local site usually gives us a good list of birds and at this time of year passage waders are always a possibility.

    An easy circular walk with three hides (but no toilets).

    Meet in the Parks Trust car park (free) off Haversham Road near the railway viaduct. SP 816 421

    Our walk leader, Chris Ward will be sure to find us the best that the reserve has to offer.

    Everyone welcome - no experience required as Chris and other knowledgeable members will be happy to share their sightings with you (& probably let you look through their scopes too for the best views) - why not come along & give it a try - you're sure of a warm welcome.

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event & free parking

    Read more at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/events/#VVLt1Ogvey5GAVv0.99

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019
    19:15 – 21:00Linford Lakes NR

    MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    National Moth Night at Linford Lakes NR

    Cost – £1 per person – payable on the door. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult.

    Gordon Redford will be joined by Andy Harding and Ayla Webb. We intend to make it an evening of practical activities. This will include catching moths on a sheet around an ultraviolet light, which we will identify and discuss. We will also ‘sugar’ some posts to attract different moths. We will also go round to see the different moth traps before it is seriously dark.

    The next morning we will be opening the traps at 7 a.m., including the brand new permanent trap behind the Reserve Centre. This may take at least two hours and is easily the best time to really appreciate the beauty of moths. Of course it is not obligatory to be there exactly at 7, or to stay for a prolonged period.

    Please consider the need for appropriate clothing and probably insect repellent. Fold-up chairs and torches are also a good idea.

  • Sat
    28
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 amKings Wood Tylers Green

    Kings Wood, Tylers Green (Chepping Wycombe Parish Council). A new site for the group though frequented by Penny over the last 15 years, this large area of ancient urban woodland boasts a good mix of trees with over 200 species of flowering plants, over 30 species of birds, also over 200 species of fungi. Meet at SU 893 942 in the small carpark at the bottom of Kingswood Road, a continuation of St. John’s Road which leads north west off New Road in Tylers Green. (NB not to be confused with Kingswood Avenue!) Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    29
    Sep
    2019
    13:00:Naphill Common

    Naphill Common Joint with Friends of Naphill Common. This will be the fourth time we’ve held our very popular and successful annual fixture here, organised by members Jackie and Justin for their friends together with BFG members and Friends of Naphill Common. Derek and Penny will be joined by our usual line-up of guest leaders, all exceptional field mycologists: Richard Fortey - author and TV presenter, Geoffrey Kibby - author of numerous fungi books and editor of the magazine Field Mycology, and Mario Tortelli. Attendees (last year there were over 100!) will be split into groups to be expertly led round to cover as much of this large woodland site as we can; we then reassemble back at Naphill Village Hall at 3pm for refreshments with a display of our finds and a lively and entertaining ‘Show and tell’ session by our prestigious team. Meet at SU846 969 in the Naphill Village Hall car park, near the crossroads. N.B. Start time is 1.00pm prompt. Afterwards all are cordially invited back to Jackie and Justin’s house at 35 Lexham Gdns, Amersham, HP6 5JP for a party.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019
    10:30 - 16:00Natural History Museum

    An Invitation from the Quekett Microscopical Club v1

    An Invitation from the Quekett Microscopical Club v1

    Click here to download your invitation

  • Sat
    05
    Oct
    2019
    11am to 4pmBucks County Museum, Aylesbury

    Mushroom Magic 5 Oct 2019

    Mushroom Magic 5 Oct 2019

    Dear Milton Keynes Natural History Society members

    Just a quick email to flag up that the County Museum’s annual Mushroom Magic event with the Bucks Fungus Group is coming up on Saturday 5th October, 11am to 4pm.

    Discover a vast display of freshly collected mushrooms, toadstools, brackets and other fungi. Meet members of the Bucks Fungus Group. Bring in your own mystery toadstools for identification. Badgemaking, mushroom garden collage and Play-Doh toadstools for children

    No need to book, just turn up. Entrance to museum by donation.

    Poster attached

    All the best

    Mike

    Mike Palmer
    Keeper of Natural History & Geology
    Bucks County Museum Resource Centre
    Rowborough Road, off Tring Road,
    Halton, Bucks, HP22 5PL

    T: 01296 325223
    E: mpalmer@buckscountymuseum.org
    www.buckscountymuseum.org

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Linford Lakes NR

    Aerial view of Linford Lakes Study Centre

    Task Sunday at Linford Lakes NR

    10:00- 13:00hrs
    Come and help tidy up the reserve and socialise with our members.
    Jobs for all levels of fitness and all abilities.
    Refreshments available for helpers.

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019
    13:00:Burnham Beeches

    Burnham Beeches (SSSI - Corporation of London). An outstanding example of ancient Beech woodland with an extensive list of interesting and rare species, this is now recognised as a site of national and arguably international importance for fungi. Meet at SU 954 850 at Victoria Cross near the cafe. N.B. Dogs on leads only. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019
    13:00:Whipsnade Zoo

    Whipsnade Zoo joint with the Herts & Beds Fungi Group and Beds Natural History Society. This is the third year BFG members have the opportunity to participate in this event. Leader:Alan Outen. NB: Please note that if you’d like to attend you need to pre-book with Alan Outen (alanouten@virginmedia.comby 9am on Thurs 3rd October. Park in the free zoo car park and then assemble as a group outside the main pedestrian entrance. Access to the zoo will be free. Depending on numbers there will be a zoo vehicle and possibly some cars available to transport attendees quickly to likely areas around the park, some of which may well be areas not normally open to the public, finishing up in the Butterfly house where hopefully some synanthropic species will be in evidence. It is NOT possible just to turn up on the day. NO DOGS.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Wed
    09
    Oct
    2019
    10:00 amSummer Leys Nature Reserve

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: Summer Leys Nature Reserve, Northamptonshire
    Postcode: NN29 7PT (Google map)

    An early Autumn visit to one of our favourite sites - always something of interest to be found here. Great white egrets are regularly seen and our visit in Autumn 2018 gave us a list of 43 birds seen including Stock Dove, Raven, Mistle Thrush (sadly only seen on 2 of our 2018 Field Trips), Linnet, Kestrel & Egyptian Goose ... plus lots of water birds.
    Five Hides - paths are level (but rough in places) and a full circuit is around 2 miles. No toilets. Meet in car park signed off Wollaston tp Great Doddington Road - for a 10am start.

    Managed by one of our local Wildlife Trusts - see their website for more information https://www.wildlifebcn.org/summer-leys

    Walk leader, Sue Weatherhead will help to find the best wildlife there is to see on this visit.

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Thu
    10
    Oct
    2019
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are hosting a talk:

    Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    Wildlife author and photographer, Dr Michael Leach, makes a very welcome return visit to our Group - and this time he's turning his lens on "Supernatural History"

    Wild animals are not just part of our natural heritage, they are also part of our cultural history. But although many folklore tales are misleading, they can be illuminating and highly entertaining. Find out why badgers were believed to be indestructible, why pigs were convicted of murder and learn the fate of hedgehogs accused of witchcraft.

    If you've been to one of Mike's previous talks you'll already know we're guaranteed an entertaining evening accompanied by Mike's superb photographs.

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Sun
    13
    Oct
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Pulpit Hill and Grangelands

    Pulpit Hill and Grangelands (National Trust / Bucks Co. Co.) A popular site with walkers and one we’ve not visited since 2015, this is predominantly beech woodland with some whitebeam and yew, leading down to Grangelands chalk grassland with scrub and juniper. Meet at SP 833 046 at the large lay-by carpark. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

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  • Thu
    17
    Oct
    2019

    Join our mission to bring bird song to five million people on 17 October 2019. We want to get bird song everywhere, from workplaces to living rooms, and send a chirruping, chirping message to tell people in power we don’t want bird song to disappear.

    Click here for more information.

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Howe Park Wood, Tattenhoe

    Howe Park Wood, Tattenhoe (SSSI in Milton Keynes, managed by MK Park Trust). This a sizeable remnant of ancient broadleaf woodland in the SW suburbs of Milton Keynes; we’ve not visited for 15 years and the MKPT are keen to build up their records. Meet at SP 830 345 in the carpark off Chaffron Way (H7); the entrance is across the road from the Nut & Squirrel pub and Barnsdale Drive and adjacent to Howe Pk. Wd. Visitor Centre. Leaders: Derek Schafer and Justin Long with Martin Kincaid from the MKPT.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

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  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    10:00 - 15:00St. Stephen's Church Hall, St. Albans, AL1 2PT

    Dear Fellow Naturalists,

    The Quekett Microscopical Club is pleased to invite your members to their Annual Sales Event (Microscopium). The event is an opportunity to acquire microscopes and related equipment and publications. The items on sale are, in the main, ex-educational or members effects and as such are very inexpensive. Interested parties can equip themselves with nearly all the necessary equipment to enable them to return home and begin their microscopy without delay.

    In addition the many Quekett members attending are free with their advice and assistance.

    Whether your members are beginners or experienced microscopists the event is well worth attending.

    The event is held on Saturday 19th October 2019 at St. Stephen's Church Hall, St. Albans, AL1 2PT. Entry is entirely free. Doors open at 10.00 am and close at 3.00 pm. Coffee and tea is available throughout the day at minimal cost.

    Regards,

    Steve Gill

    (for and on behalf of Joan Bingley, President of the Quekett Microscopical Club)

    Click here for more information.

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  • Sun
    20
    Oct
    2019
    10:00 - 16:00Linford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday at Linford Lakes NR 10:00 – 16:00hrs

    Tea and coffee, home-made cakes available.

    Second-hand books on sale as well as crafts and many other items.

    Possibility of guided walks from the Centre around the reserve, depending on availability of leaders.

    Bring friends and family to enjoy this unique reserve.

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2019
    7:45 pmLeighton Buzzard Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are hosting a talk:

    Location: Leighton Buzzard Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club, Bell Close, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard (Opposite Morrisons' petrol station) Free parking at the Club.
    Postcode: LU7 1RX (Google map)

    From the "World's Greatest Bird Refuge", near Salt Lake City, south to the Grand Canyon and other desert National Parks in Utah and Arizona, this part of the USA has fabulous wildlife in varied dramatic landscapes - including mountains, the Great Salt Lake and spectacular sandstone deserts. You'll be whisked away on a virtual tour - all illustrated by Chris' excellent images.

    For the many members who have attended Chris' talks to our Group over many years you will already know how entertaining and informative they are. If this is going to be your first time at one of Chris' talks - you're in for a treat!

    Time: Doors open at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes free tea/coffee at interval

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019
    8:00 pmWicken Sports Club, Wicken, Milton Keynes MK19 6BU Read more at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/events/#VVLt1Ogvey5GAVv0.99

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are hosting a talk:

    Our Annual Quiz night
    Teams of up to FIVE people - bring your own team or come along and join up with others when you arrive.
    £4.50 per person- with a prize for each member of the winning team.
    Extra "Spot Round" with an individual prize ... & a raffle too.
    Wicken Sports Club will sell refreshments - tea, coffee and a licensed bar0.
    Please buy your drinks at the bar to help raise funds for this village sports and social club - if you take your own drinks there may be a corkage charge.)

    Please book in advance by Friday 25 October 2019 - e-mail AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk or 'phone 07803905958

    Time: Doors open 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start

    Price: £4.50 per team member for main quiz, £1 for the extra "Spot Round"

    Booking essential

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Sat
    02
    Nov
    2019
    10:00 amBack Wood, Little Brickhill

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Please note change of date

    Location: Back Wood, Little Brickhill

    These steep woods overlooking south Milton Keynes have held Woodcock, Brambling, Siskin, Crossbill, Raven and Goshawk. A short but sometimes steep and muddy walk. No toilets. Meet at gateway SP 913 325. This is at the east end of bridge taking the Little Brickhill to Woburn road over the A5 at the crest of the Greensand Ridge. Skip toads from both directions on A5. Parking very limited so please car share if possible.

    Walk Leader Chris Coppock or Pete How

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Sat
    02
    Nov
    2019
    10:00 amDancersend

    Dancersend 'Walk and Workshop' (SSSI - BBOWT) joint with BBOWT. A new all day format with a (slightly shortened) morning walk in the reserve to collect specimens, we then return to the Waterworks buildings (kindly provided for our use by Head Warden Mick Jones) to work on identification with microscopes, keys and books with help from Derek and Penny. Come for just the walk or stay on for the identification session, in which case you’ll need a packed lunch (coffee / tea will be available). Those with scopes may come early and set up before the 10.00 walk, from 9.15 onwards. Any books you like to use, together with a notebook, would be useful.

    NB There was a promising response for this event and we can accommodate a maximum of 14 for the id session, therefore priority will be given to those few members with scopes. Remaining places will be offered to those who responded to Penny’s initial enquiry about the event: Penny will be checking with you a few weeks beforehand.

    Dancersend, once owned by the Rothschild family, is mixed woodland and well-recorded with a rich variety of fungi. Meet at SP 905 089 at the old waterworks buildings. Turn south onto a narrow minor road off the A4011 immediately before its junction with the A41, signed Dancersend, and follow for about 1 1/2 miles. The narrow driveway up to the buildings is on your left.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Linford Lakes NR

    Aerial view of Linford Lakes Study Centre

    Task Sunday at Linford Lakes NR

    10:00- 13:00hrs
    Come and help tidy up the reserve and socialise with our members.
    Jobs for all levels of fitness and all abilities.
    Refreshments available for helpers.

  • Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Stowe Landscape Gardens

    Stowe Landscape Gardens (National Trust). 250 acres of landscape gardens with lakes, wooded valleys and open grassland which in the past has produced an exceptional array of waxcaps at this time. Meet at SP 675 378 in the original but now disused NT carpark (NB this is not the main carpark by the new visitor centre). Head for the crossroads on the A442 about 3 miles NW of Buckingham and after Bufflers Holt and Spinney Hill Farm on your left. Here turn right (north) and follow the straight road towards Stowe School. Stay on this road (through some imposing gates and over a beautiful bridge) and carry on past the school buildings on your right. (Just mention that you are BFG to the official at the barrier here.)The large car park area is then fairly soon on your right. (For those who have forayed with us here before it is where we have parked in the past.)  Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.

    Go to www.bucksfungusgroup.org.uk/events.html for all details.

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Wed
    13
    Nov
    2019
    10:00 amDelapre abbey, Northamptonshire

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Postcode: NN4 8AW (Google map)

    Near the recently restored house are splendid mature trees, a walled garden, Victorian shrubberies, a young plantation, golf course, paddocks and lake.
    A good venue for wetland, woodland and parkland birds - including possible hawfinch. A total of 40 bird species seen on our first Group visit to Delapre (in February 2019).
    The Orangery Cafe (open from 9.30am) offers breakfast, hot lunches, cakes and drinks to eat in or take away. Toilets on site.
    Unfortunately some paths are likely to be too muddy for wheelchairs and buggies - wellies are advised.

    Directions : From A45 southern by-pass, take A508 London Road, past Queen Eleanor's Cross and towards Northampton town centre. Entrance (with a small lodge) is on right hand side after half a mile.
    SP 759 591. Nearest postcode NN4 8AW (but we understand this may not work on some SatNavs)
    See Delapre website for more details on travel, including train and bus options https://delapreabbey.org/getting-here/

    Time: 10 am to 1 pm

    Price: Free event & free parking

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are hosting a talk:

    Location: Lecture Theatre, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    Saving Special Places for nature is at the heart of the RSPB's work. This talk looks at the achievements and challenges that fighting for nature's place brings. Andre will talk about current campaigns and some past successes and look to the future when saving what we have won't be enough and restoring and recreating new Special Places must take centre stage.

    Andre wotked for the RSPB for many years and was involved in some of these important projects. He is now an active volunteer with Operation Turtle Dove near his home in Kent.

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes tea/coffee at interval

    Please note the change of room for this talk.

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Sun
    17
    Nov
    2019
    10:00 - 16:00Linford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday at Linford Lakes NR 10:00 – 16:00hrs

    Tea and coffee, home-made cakes available.

    Second-hand books on sale as well as crafts and many other items.

    Bring friends and family to enjoy this unique reserve.

    Wildfowl walk Sunday 17th November
    We are sorry that the Wildfowl Walk by Andy Harding has had to be cancelled tomorrow. This is because of the rising water levels.

    The next one is planned for Open Sunday on 19 January 2020.

  • Sat
    23
    Nov
    2019
    Sun
    01
    Dec
    2019

    Celebrate National Tree Week 2019 by discovering your local park in Milton Keynes

    This week is National Tree Week, (Sat 23 Nov – Sun 1 Dec) the UK's largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season.

    To celebrate, The Parks Trust want to encourage residents of Milton Keynes to go out and discover their local parks as well as learn a little more about the work they do across the city to enhance the landscape.

    The Parks Trust are guardian to over 6,000 acres of greenspace, that makes up 25% of the city! The trees and woodland not only create a beautiful environment to live in they also help the city adapt to climate change.

    The trees within our city maintain the air quality and cooling of the city, they store carbon and can provide a source of renewable energy.

    On average, they plant around 40,000 trees and shrubs annually to help maintain the growth of the city’s landscape.

    Much of this planting is to replace trees and shrubs that have come to the end of their life, but they are also taking opportunities to increase the overall number of trees in the city.

    Did you know that The Parks Trust look after four woodlands located across the city? Howe Park Wood, Linford Wood, Hazeley Wood and Shenley Wood. To help you get outdoors and discover these amazing places right on your doorstep, they have created a couple of self-guided walks.

    Click here for more information.

  • Sat
    23
    Nov
    2019
    10:00 amMarston vale country park, Bedfordshire

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: Marston Vale CP, The Forest Centre, Station Road
    SP 999 411 Nearest Postcode MK43 0PS
    Postcode: MK43 0PS (Google map)

    We shall visit the ticket-only Wetlands Nature Reserve (£2.50/£1.75 concessions) with old clay pits, reed befds, scrub, wet pasture and an impressive tower hide. Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier and Short-eared Owls have all been recorded. 41 bird species seen when we visited last November (+ Chinese Water Deer and even a late Common Darter).
    The vast visitor centre has shop & toilets. Cafe is open from 9am to 5pm - serving breakfast, lunch, cakes and drinks.

    Meet in Forest Centre Car Park (£3 fee) for 10am start.
    From Marston Moretaine take Lidlington Road and turn left to centre
    See Marston Vale CP website for more details on parking and directions, including rail, bus and bike options https://www.marstonvale.org/opening-times-and-directions

    An optional short extension to view Stewartby Lake for gulls, possible seabirds and Peregrine on the old brickworks chimneys.

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: £3 parking, £2/£1.75 for ticket only Nature Reserve

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Linford Lakes NR

    Aerial view of Linford Lakes Study Centre

    Task Sunday at Linford Lakes NR

    10:00- 13:00hrs
    Come and help tidy up the reserve and socialise with our members.
    Jobs for all levels of fitness and all abilities.
    Refreshments available for helpers.

  • Wed
    04
    Dec
    2019
    10:00 amThe lodge (RSPB HQ), Sandy, Beds

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are leading a field trip to:

    Location: The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy
    Postcode: SG19 2DL (Google map)

    A pleasant wander through landscaped gardens (with hides and feeders), steep pinewoods, old quarries and restored heathland. Then shop for Christmas presents from the RSPB (shop open 9am to 5pm). Please note some steep, rough paths and steps. Toilets on site and shop sells sandwiches and hot drinks from a vending machine - outdoor picnic tables but no cafe.
    Meet in car park behind the shop on south side of B1042 Sandy to Potton road TL 191 485

    Car Park free for RSPB members (please remember to bring your membership card), £5 for non-members

    The nearest train station is Sandy on the King's Cross to Peterborough line. It's just a 10-minute walk from the station, up Potton Road, to the start of the RSPB trails. Another 10-minute walk brings you to the visitor building and shop. Rail passengers can add a Sandy PLUSBUS ticket onto their journey to get the Centrebus from the station to the stop outside The Lodge shop. See plusbus.info/sandy for details.

    You can reach the reserve via National Cycle Route 51 (Milton Keynes to Bedford and Sandy),

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event - parking free for RSPB members, £5 for non-members

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Sun
    08
    Dec
    2019
    10:00 - 16:00Linford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve visitors enjoying an Open Sunday

    Open Sunday 8th December (note early date) 10:00 - 16:00 hrs (hides to close at 15:30hrs)

    Mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine available.

    There are also the usual Open Sunday opportunities: drinks and cakes, pre-loved books and other items for sale, guided walks possible depending on availability of leaders.

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2019
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes Postcode: MK13 9A

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are hosting a talk:

    Location: The Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    When he's not busy with his day job of Campaigns Project Manager for RSPB. Richard is a keen birder and wildlife watcher. He has visited Poland many times and now leads tours there, focusing on Eastern Poland. He will be showing us some of the birds and wildlife of the Bialowieza Forest and Bielbrza Marshes.

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes tea/coffee & mice pie at interval

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Wed
    01
    Jan
    2020
    10:00 amWillen Lake, Milton Keynes

    RSPB logo

    Location: Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

    Our traditional New Year perambulation of this local gem.
    With Chris Ward leading the walk, we're sure to get our 2020 lists off to a good start. Expect a range of water birds (including possible rarities). Last year we saw Goldeneye and Snipe and we have often seen Kingfisher on this walk - always a good start to a year.
    Most paths are accessible - but may be some soft spots depending on weather. Well-behaved dogs (on short leads at all times) accepted on this walk.

    Meet in Parks Trust car park (free) on west side of V11 Tongwell Street, just north of Pineham (V11/H5) roundabout SP 883 404

    Time: 10 am to 12.30pm

    Price: Free event

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Thu
    09
    Jan
    2020
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes Postcode: MK13 9A

    RSPB logoThe RSPB North Bucks Local Group are hosting a talk:

    Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Aliston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    The stunning scenery of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming holds a wealth of exciting mammals and birds. Further south, Colorado has more great mountains, and desert National Parks, rich in natural history - both flora & fauna.
    As usual, Chris will deliver an entertaining and informative evening - with some of his superb photographs.
    Why not come and join us?

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes tea/coffee at interval

    Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Aliston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    The stunning scenery of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming holds a wealth of exciting mammals and birds. Further south, Colorado has more great mountains, and desert National Parks, rich in natural history - both flora & fauna.
    As usual, Chris will deliver an entertaining and informative evening - with some of his superb photographs.
    Why not come and join us?

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes tea/coffee at interval

    Read more at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/events/#5FBUeMCfgXV72GdD.99See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    19
    Jan
    2020
    10:00 amFloodplain Forest NR

    RSPB logo

    Location: Floodplain Forest, Old Wolverton
    Meet in Parks Trust car park, off Haversham Road (near the railway viaduct)

    Good for wildfowl, gulls and other wintering birds. An easy circular walk with three hides but no toilets.

    Meet in Parks Trust car park (free) off Haversham Road near the railway viaduct.

    Pete how will be leading this walk for us. He and other experienced birders will help you to see the best that the reserve has to offer on the day - so why not come and join us - no experience required.

    Time: 10 am to 12.30pm

    Price: Free event

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020
    Mon
    27
    Jan
    2020
    Preparations are underway for next year’s Big Garden Birdwatch – which will be on 25-27 January 2020.

    Click here for more information.

  • Sun
    26
    Jan
    2020
    10:00 - 12:00Linford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes NR BioBlitz by David Easton. 24 June 2016

    Linford Lakes NR BioBlitz by David Easton. 24 June 2016

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2020
    10:00 amWilstone Reservoir

    RSPB logo

    Location: Wilstone Reservoir, near Tring
    Off B489 Marsworth to Aston Clinton road.

    The biggest and best of four Tring Canal reservoirs. Good for wildfowl and passage waders - though anything can turn up here. 44 bird species seen on our last visit including Spotted Crake - rare in the UK & a "life tick" for some. Mike Bird led our walk here last year and he'll be doing the honours again this time. Fingers crossed for another "life tick" or two!
    One hide but no toilets on site - Farm shop/cafe and toilets nearby.
    Steep climb up steps to the reservoir from car park - and some rough ground so, sadly, unsuitable for wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. Meet in car park (free) under reservoir dam off B489 Marsworth to Aston Clinton road. SP 904 135. Limited space in car park so please car-share if possible.
    PE Mead & Sons Farm Shop is just a few minutes along the road - postcode HP23 4NT

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event & free parking

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes Postcode: MK13 9A

    RSPB logo

    Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes

    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    Yardely Chase is the best-recorded wildlife site in Northamptonshire & Jeff's local patch. His talk will look at the history of the site to show why it is a oasis for wildlife. The main order of flora and fauns found at Yardley Chase will be covered followed by a look at the future for this Northamptonshire wildlife gem.

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes tea/coffee at interval.

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Wed
    19
    Feb
    2020
    7:00 pmLinford Lakes NR

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve showing observation deck by Peter Hassett

    Linford Lakes Nature Reserve showing observation deck by Peter Hassett

    Doors open @ 6:45 pm.

    Quiz to start 7:00pm.

    Tickets £10:00 each, including supper.

    To be purchased in advance, available at FoLLNR events from 17 November Open Sunday (on first come first served basis).

  • Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020
    10:00 amFen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire

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    Location: RSPB Fen Drayton car park - 1 mile along track leaving Fen Drayton to Swavesey toad

    The RSPB and gravel companies are working together over 30 years to recreate extensive wetland on the edge of the former Fens. A nearby scheme "RSPB Ouse Fen" will include England's largest reed bed. Come prepared for a longer visit (deoending on weather) No toilets or other facilities on site but a pub in nearby Fen Drayton. Meet in car park (free) one mile along track leaving the Fen Drayton - Swavesey road at TL 352 680 (postcode given as CB24 4RB - but may be only approximate). Expect delays or diversions due to A14 roadworks.

    The RSPB website gives more information on access and how to get there by train, bus, car and bike
    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/fen-drayton-lakes/

    Walk leader : Keith Gander who will be leading his first walk for our Group.

    Time: 10am to 3pm

    Price: Free event & free parking

     

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2020
    10:00 amHarrold Odell Country Park

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    Location: off Carlton Road, Harrold
    Postcode: MK43 7DS (Google map)

    Usually a good range of birds at this popular award-winning country park. Our last Group visit (in March 2019) gave us 43 bird species, plus a muntjac deer and our first Brimstone butterfly of the season.A quieter walk follows a delightful stretch of the River Ouse - this is on grass, though the main circuit has hard level paths.
    Cafe and toilets on site.
    Meet in car park off Carlton Road, Harrold, SP 956 566 They operate a donation system for parking and suggest a minimum donation of £1 per car. The money collected goes towards enhancing the Park for visitors and wildlife.
    Walk Leader : Pete How

    Time: 10 am to 12.30pm

    Price: Free event. Suggested donation for parking £1

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2020
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes Postcode: MK13 9A

    RSPB logoLocation: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    Two for the price of one at this evening's illustrated talk:

    SWIFTS - Bob Hook is a keen birder and does a lot in both his professional work and his volunteering to conserve habitats and protect wildlife. He'll be talking to us about these fascinating birds, their life cycle and habits - and what is being done to help them to find "homes" when they visit our shores each summer.

    GREENSAND TRUST - As Ecologist for the Greensand Trust, Phil Irving is ideally placed to tell us about the habitats of the Greensand Trust, including woodland, heath, grasslands and wetlands, looking at some of the plant and animal species they support and how they are managed or restored. A great insight into some of the local Trust sites that we visit.

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes free tea/coffee at interval

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020
    10:00 amSummer Leys Nature Reserve

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    Location: Off Wollaston to Great Doddington road - nearest postcode NN29 7PT

    A second visit of the season to one of our favourite sites. Expect early spring migrants and possible passage waders. Five hides. Paths level but some rough and full circuit is two miles. Site is only partly wheelchair accessible - managed by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northants Wildlife Trust - see their website for more access information https://www.wildlifebcn.org/summer-leys
    No toilets on site.

    Meet in car park (free) signed off Wollaston to Great Doddington road SP 885 634 nearest postcode NN29 7PT

    Walk leader, Chris Ward will help us to see the best that the reserve can offer.

    Time: 10 am to 1 pm

    Price: Free event & free parking

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2020
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes Postcode: MK13 9A

    RSPB logoLocation: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    Based on their recent book, Rick & Elis return to our Group to explore how waders have inspired people, the arts, culture, myths and legends and how they are, in themselves, a most inspiring group of birds. The final act is to suggest a collective noun for the mixed or unidentified clouds of waders that we see over our estuaries in winter.

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes free tea/coffee at interval.

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2020
    10:00 amWendover Woods & Wilstone Reservoir

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    Location: North side of minor road Wendover - The Hale. Nearest postcode HP22 6DR

    Breeding firecrests are a Chilterns speciality. Despite intensive public use this is their best-known site with around ten pairs present. Chris Coppock, Walk Leader will do his best to find some for us to see. After an hour or so here we will continue to Wilstone Reservoir (approximately 6 miles - maps and directions provided).

    For Wendover park on the north side of the minor road from Wendover to The Hale SP 889 074
    Nearest postcode HP22 6DR

    For Wilstone Reservoir Meet in car park (free) under reservoir dam off B489 Marsworth to Aston Clinton road. SP 904 135. Limited space in car park so please car-share if possible.
    PE Mead & Sons Farm Shop is just a few minutes along the road - postcode HP23 4NT

    Time: 10am to 3pm

    Price: Free event & free parking.

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    10
    May
    2020
    6:00 amLinford Lakes NR

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    Location: Linford Lakes NR, off Newport Rd (opposite drive to Black Horse pub)
    Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

    Hear birdsong at its best, as the reserve is away from toads. The wetland, wood and scrub attract a huge variety of songsters, and early morning is also good to see mammals. Stay for tea, coffee, biscuits (and loos!) at the end. Paths accessible with care to wheelchairs/buggies. Meet in car park (free). Entrance signed off north side of Newport Road, opposite drive to Black Horse pub. After 50m fork left and follow road for 1/2 miloe to centre. SP 843 429. MK14 5AH

    Time: 6am to 8.30am PLEASE NOTE EARLY START!

    Price: Free event & free parking.

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Thu
    14
    May
    2020
    7:45 pmThe Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes Postcode: MK13 9A

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    Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
    Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

    As Senior Site Manager at The Lodge reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire, Peter is at the heart of the reserve's conservation work. He'll give us some of the history of the area, tell us about RSPB's re-creation of the heathland since 2004 and the wildlife that benefits from this - and outline some of the future developments planned.
    Please note that this illustrated talk will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting

    Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

    Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes tea/coffee at interval.

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Wed
    20
    May
    2020
    10:00 amCollege Lake

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    Location: Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Tring, Buckinghamshire

    Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

    This flagship BBOWT reserve has visitor centre, toilets, cafe and shop. Expect chalkland flowers and butterflies, as well as birds. Paths mostly good, with some wheelchair access. Two Trampers are available to book for those who need a little help to get round the 2 mile main circuit (contact the reserve in advance on 01442 826774.
    Meet in car park (£3 suggested donation - which goes to support the reserve and its wildlife).
    Reserve is signed off the B488 1/4 mile north of the canal bridge, Bulbourne
    SP 936 138 HP23 5QG
    Please take a look at the reserve website for more information https://www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-reserves/college-lake

    Walk leader : Pete How

    Time: 10 am to 12.30pm

    Price: Free event - Parking donation (suggested £3) to support the Wildlfe Trust

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Sun
    07
    Jun
    2020
    10:00 amRSPB Otmoor, Oxfordshire & Gallows Bridge

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    Location: Otmoor Lane, near Backley, Oxfordshire (nearest postcode OX3 9TD)

    Our Group donations have helped the RSPB to restore this huge former wetland from intensive agriculture. Summer specialities include hobby, turtle dove and many dragonflies. Three hides but no toilets. Level but lengthy walking. Meet in car park SP 570 126 (free parking for RSPB members so make sure you take your membership card). It's a small car park so RSPB request car-sharing and ask us to avoid overspill onto the lane. From Abingdon Arms, Beckley (postcode OX3 9TD) take Otmoor Lane for 1 mile (passing the firing range)

    Coming back there will be an optional stop at BBOWT Gallows Bridge Farm for breeding curlew etc (signed off minor road linking A41 to Grendon Underwood SP 671 199

    Walk leader : Mike Bird

    Time: 10am to 1pm (Otmoor) 2.30pm (Gallows Bridge)

    Price: Free event - free parking for RSPB members at Otmoor

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2020
    10:00 amLittle Linford Wood

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    Location: off Little Linford to Gayhurst road, Milton Keynes

    As well as birds, this ancient woodland and BBOWT reserve has attractive flowery rides and scarce butterflies.
    Paths are uneven. No toilers on site.
    Meet in car park (free - but small - so please car-share where possible).
    SP 834 455. Nearest postcode MK16 8LU. Entrance is a private farm road leaving Little Linford - Gayhurst road (north side) at SP 850 458. After 3/4 mile pass under M1. Continue past Dairy Farm (look out for dogs) then wood is straight ahead.
    Walk leader : Keith Gander

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event & free parking

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

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  • Thu
    02
    Jul
    2020
    7:00 pmLinford Lakes NR

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    Location: Linford Lakes NR, off Newport Rd (opposite drive to Black Horse pub) SP 843 429
    Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

    Part of the Milton Keynes Festival of Nature
    We're working with our junior local RSPB Group - MK Wildlife Explorers on this joint event.
    It will be a hands-on event, giving the opportunity to explore nature in a variety of different ways - including pond-dipping if it's not too dry. Please feel free to bring along with you any young people who would be interested in having fun and learning more about nature and wildlife
    For more information call or text Jane Grisdale on 07999 878689 or visit www.mkfestivalofnature.org.uk (further details will be on that Festival of Nature website nearer the time - at present it still carries details of the 2019 Festival)

    Time: 7pm to 8.30pm

    Price: Free event

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.
  • Wed
    15
    Jul
    2020
    7:00 pmCollege Lake

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    Location: Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Tring, Buckinghamshire

    Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

    Our first photography event in May 2019 went very well indeed and several people suggested we repeat it - so we are!
    Another chance to try wildlife photography - even if you're a complete beginner and your only camera is your 'phone. If birds seem too challenging College Lake has plenty of flowers and insects - and the later date this year will give you chance to focus on some different species.

    Some of the comments from last time:
    " ... a wonderful walk with Paul ... and wonderful tips for improving our photos"
    "Had a great morning - thank you Paul and other experienced photographers for sharing your knowledge ... I managed to get some good shots with just my mobile"
    "Cameras included expensive SLR gear, Bridge cameras, small cameras and smart phones ... everyone learned something"
    "Felt a little apprehensive with an old mobile 'phone and an even older camera. Needn't have worried as all so helpful giving lots of tips - would happily go again"

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Price: Free event - Parking donation (suggested £3) to support the Wildlfe Trust

    See the RSPB North Bucks Local Group website for more information

    MKNHS is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You should check details of any events listed on external sites with the organisers.