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
    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

    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
    01
    Jan
    2020
    10:00 amWillen Lake, Milton Keynes

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    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

    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
    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

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    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.
  • 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

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    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

    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
    13
    Feb
    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)

    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

    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
    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

    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
    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

    RSPB logo

    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

    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
    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

    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
    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.