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.
During the winter, the Society meets every Tuesday from September through to the end of April at:
City Discovery Centre
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.
Search out your best images and see how they fare in this, our annual competition for the Ron Arnold Shield. You can submit prints up to A4 size. All entries must be handed to Jean Cooke by the end of the January 17th meeting. Full details, including categories, in the December Magpie.
Mick Jones has been deeply involved in seeing the opportunities offered by the proposed East-West Rail re-opening (the reinstatement of the Oxford/Milton Keynes/Cambridge route) – and getting others to see them too!
Offers, please, (to Julie Lane, Linda Murphy or Jean Cooke) to tell everyone about a book you have recently discovered, or perhaps one which has been a great influence in encouraging your interest in natural history.
Part of the ancient Royal Forest of Bernwood, now owned by BBOWT: woodland, coppice and clearing. Good for plants, insects, birds and bats.
Access via a private track from the Quainton to Edgecott lane 100m east of the pylons. Meet at the car park on the edge of the wood. Be prompt and share cars – we have to lock the gate as the track is not owned by BBOWT.
Meet in National Trust car park, Ivinghoe Hills, for 2-3 mile walk on the Chiltern ridge, returning at a lower level. Chalk grassland and patches of woodland support birds, insects including butterflies.
SP965160. (NB the nearest Postcode is a farm, not the car park, so is no use)
The start of the MK Festival of Nature, celebrating the riches of the wood and in memory of founding member Bernard Frewin. Help needed with our display, and activities – offers to Julie Lane, Linda Murphy or Martin Kincaid.
Meet in car park opposite Westcroft District Centre off Chaffron Way (H7).
Entrance to car park is at SP916278, 100m east of the cross-roads in Rushmere. Postcode: LU7 0AU. Caution: this indicates a row of houses – continue south until you get a sign for Rushmere on the right. NB There is a £3.00 exit charge from car park.
Sadly, we all know that the number of butterflies to be seen around has reduced considerably. We are very lucky to have Nick Bowles to talk about initiatives for the conservation of these beautiful and popular creatures.
Better known locally as a birder, Bill Parker is also a keen arachnologist and is currently working as a volunteer on the British spider collection at the Natural History Museum. He is going to introduce us to this fascinating and beautiful group of arthropods, about which most of us know very little.
Watch a herd of slipper animalcules navigate their miniature world and see the bell animalcules catch their prey! Mark Dornan will use a microscope to reveal just a bit of the micro life that our macro world depends upon.
Neil Chalmers, who, in his distinguished career, spent 10 years as Director of the Natural History Museum, will describe how the museum’s collections have developed from the 18th Century to the present, and how the museum’s scientists carry out research on the collection.