Programme

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

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

                                click here for map

Please note that during November 2019, meetings will be held in the Lecture Theatre in the Resource Centre and not the Cruck Barn at MK CDC? Parking arrangements will be the same.

Meetings open with refreshments at 7.30pm, for an 8pm start. Meeting are free for members. There is a charge of £2.00 for non-members.

Click here  to download the Autumn 2019 Programme
Click here  to download the Spring 2020 Programme

During the summer, the Society meets every Tuesday from May through to the end of August.  Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7.00p.m. unless otherwise stated. Stout footwear is generally advised for our outdoor meetings. Visitors are usually most welcome. Note that as many of the meeting places do not have postcodes, the closest is listed. Click on the grid reference to load a map showing the location of the site.

Please note that clause 7 of the Society’s constitution reads: “The Society will exercise due care when arranging its meeting and activities for the benefit of members. Members taking part in any meeting or activity do so at their own risk”.

Click this link to download the full Risk Assessment document.

  • Tue
    17
    Dec
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

    Our traditional festive feast. Colin Docketty will be round in the weeks beforehand to see what delicious viands we can all bring along!

     

  • Tue
    07
    Jan
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    A welcome return for one of our most popular speakers. Chris Ward has taken us all over the world looking at birds and other wildlife but this evening we will look much closer to home as he gives us advice and inspiration on making our gardens a haven for nature.

  • Tue
    14
    Jan
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    A Trustee of the River Thame Conservation Trust, Nick Marriner has set up two major bird recording projects across the Thame and its wider catchment. He will share his work on these projects and dispel the myth that there are no exciting birds in this under-watched landscape!

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Camera IconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    See Magpie for rules and details. Please get your entries to Martin or Paul Lund by 14th January.

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Do you have anything to share with fellow members? Offers of 10-20 minutes to Martin please.

  • Sun
    02
    Feb
    2020
    2:00 pmFloodplain Forest Nature Reserve

    Walk icon

    To mark World Wetlands Day, a visit to Milton Keynes’ newest wetland reserve. Should be a good time for winter wildfowl and other birds. Come prepared for wet paths. Manor Farm Court, Old Wolverton. 14:00 start.

    Leader: Martin Kincaid   SP807416  MK12 5NN

  • Tue
    04
    Feb
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Bluebell woods are one of the highlights of spring but woodland plants have had to face many new threats over the past century. Drawing on research from Wytham Woods and elsewhere, renowned botanist Keith Kirby will look at what has happened to our woodland flora and ask how we can ensure it will survive for future generations to enjoy.

  • Tue
    11
    Feb
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Amy Jerome, now of The Parks Trust, did her MSc dissertation on fisheries in Scotland. She will explain the successes and failures of the fisheries industry and how these have impacted on populations of the UK’s target species. To include analysis of otter spraint contents!

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Our annual meeting to plan our summer excursions. Please come with suggestions for venues, maps and pencils! Mary and Phil Sarre will preside.

  • Tue
    25
    Feb
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Popular author and columnist Patrick Barkham last spoke to us at our 50th Anniversary Meeting. We are delighted to welcome him back this evening to talk about his travels around the UK to encounter all of our native butterflies.

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Microscope iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    A chance to use the Society’s new dissecting microscopes to look at plant and fungi tissues.

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Our secretary Mervyn Dobbin will present some of the main findings of the State of Nature Report 2019, highlighting the declines of certain species and identifying the critical pressures that are evident in our countryside. He will ask how can we, as a society closely involved in nature conservation, best respond to the report’s findings.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Election of officers and committee members and a review of the Society’s activities over the past year.

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    The Open University has been mapping urban trees in Milton Keynes since 2015 using a system called Treezilla – the monster map of trees! What does this tell us about urban trees and the ecosystem services they provide?

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    The willow tit is described as the UK’s fastest declining songbird and its close relative – the marsh tit – is not fairing much better. The RSPB’s Paul Bellamy will give us some tips on identification and ask what can be done to help these birds.

  • Sun
    05
    Apr
    2020
    10:30 amShenley Wood car park off Merlewood Drive,

    Walk iconA spring visit to this ancient woodland site owned by The Parks Trust, to see the early spring flora (which we might not see in May). Meet at 10:30 by Shenley Wood car park off Merlewood Drive, Shenley Wood. SP 823356

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    Society member Di Parsons visited Chile in the summer of 2019 in pursuit of birds and a solar eclipse. This evening she will share these and other wonders with us.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

    Microscope iconTeas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    A second microscopy session looking specifically at aquatic life.

  • Tue
    28
    Apr
    2020
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startShenley Wood car park off Merlewood Drive,

    Walk icon(See Summer Programme).