Autumn programme

During the autumn and winter, from September through to the end of April, the Society normally holds indoor meetings every Tuesday at The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have been advised by the City Discovery Centre that the Cruck Barn is unlikely to be available for hire earlier than the New Year.

Instead, the Committee has decided to arrange meetings via Zoom. See Autumn Programme page for details.
The room will open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. The link will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings. Visitors are also welcome as explained on the Autumn Programme page. Information about how to access and use Zoom is available on the website’s Zoom Support page.

The upcoming September meetings are as follows:

15th September:  Bird Ringing in The Gambia. Local bird ringer Kenny Cramer, has given us some enjoyable talks in the recent past about birds in the UK. In early 2020 he visited the Gambia and tonight he will share with us some of the familiar – and less familiar – birds he encountered there.

22nd September: Members evening exploring feedback gathered from the discussion in March based on issues raised by  the ‘State of Nature Report’. This evening we will return to the responses suggested at the time. These can be found here: State of Nature – Members Feedback 14.03.2020
We listed a range of actions which we might take as individuals and as a Natural History Society. This meeting is an opportunity to think about which ones we could put into practice and  particularly the questions how, when and  who does what…. Since that meeting the world has been turned upside down by Coronavirus. What difference does that make?

29th September:  Fossils… and How to Become One!  County geologist, Dr Jill Eyers gives us an entertaining overview of fossils: what they are; how they lived and died; and where are the best places to find them.

Summer programme – walk descriptions

During the summer, the Society normally holds outdoor meetings every Tuesday from May through to the end of August.  Although it is not possible to hold our usual programme of summer walks for groups of Society members this year, you can still visit the sites and try the walks for yourself!

Walk leaders are providing descriptions of the walks they would have led with information about the route and descriptions of the wildlife that may be seen. You can use these to explore the sites on your own or with family or friends. If you aren’t able to visit the sites in person, use these descriptions to find out more about the wildlife in and around Milton Keynes. The walk descriptions can be found here.

There is also a virtual walk around College Lake with Sue Hetherington, which she presented  on Tuesday 18th August, using Zoom. This is now available to view (only until 10 September) as Zoom recordings in 2 parts, at the following links:
Virtual Tour of College Lake, Part 1 (20 minutes) You will need to enter passcode: %l5Fsq9k
Virtual Tour of College Lake, Part 2 (40 minutes)  Passcode: WX7k+?tU
Part 2 includes a guide to birds you might see at College Lake, given by Adrian Bayliss.

There are also links to other self-guided walks exploring wild places around Milton Keynes here: Other Walks