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.

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

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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.

Download the Autumn 2018 programme.
Download the Spring 2019 programme.

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
    09
    Jan
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    We start the year with Chris Ward’s lovely pictures of birds (and a few other things) of Florida. Should warm us up nicely!

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018
    2:00 pm

    Walk icon
    Meet at 14:00 on Saturday, 13 January 2018 at the Reserve Car Park (SP570126)Leader Linda Murphy

    Please note that there is limited car parking space at the reserve and it is a popular destination on weekend afternoons in winter, so car sharing is essential as far as possible and it is advisable to arrive in good time. If the car park is full, return to the village of Beckley, park there and walk down Otmoor Lane. Do not park in Otmoor Lane. Limited ferrying can be arranged for those who need a lift back up the hill at the end of the afternoon. Tracks on the reserve are flat, but very muddy, so strong, waterproof footwear is needed. The distance from the car park to the furthest screen on the reserve and back is approximately 4km.

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Continuing our theme of escaping winter, come and see what Steve Brady found when he toured South Australia and New Zealand last year.

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018

    Camera Icon
    Start time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    All entries must be handed to Julie, Linda or Jean by the end of the January 16th meeting.

    Prints only can be entered.
    Maximum size of prints A4 (210x297mm).

    Each member may enter a maximum of 2 prints per category. (That’s 8 prints in total). Prints must be unmounted.

    The four categories are:-

    1) Birds
    2) All other animals, including mammals, fish, insects, etc.
    3) Plants and fungi.
    4) Habitats, geological, astronomical.

    Domestic animals and cultivated plants are not eligible.

    People must not be a major subject of any photograph. May the best photograph win! It could be yours!

  • Tue
    30
    Jan
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Fossil evidence for bats goes back millions of years and it is likely that the earliest bats shared the earth with the dinosaurs. We are delighted to welcome back Lisa Worledge, of the Bat Conservation Trust, to tell us what is known of bat evolution.

  • Tue
    06
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Kenny Cramer has been engaged in regular bird ringing at Linford Lakes and in many other places. He will tell us about these, and what he has learned about bird populations as a result.

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Jean Cooke has revisited Turkey, a new area this time, and will tell us about the plants (mainly) she saw there and explain why she believes the countryside is buzzing!

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    It’s that time again! Time to turn our thoughts towards the coming summer. Mary and Philip Sarre are taking us through this exercise. Come ready to contribute your own ideas.

  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Di Parsons will take us on safari – to Kenya and Tanganyika. Will there be an eclipse as well?

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018
    2:00 pm

    Walk iconMeet at 2 p.m at the Manor Farm Car Park, MK12 5NN. Leaders – Martin Kincaid and Joe Clinch

    3 March 2018 update - the walk is NOT CANCELLED but please take extra care if travelling by road.

    Martin Kincaid had advised that "the road up to Manor Farm is pretty clear now. We should be able to park up a the car park just off Old Wolverton Road if not the one at the farm buildings. I will wear a Hi-Vis jacket so that people can see me as they turn in off Wolverton Road. Forecast for tomorrow is much warmer, with temperatures up to 8C."

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    People, Ponds and Water is a project launched by the Freshwater Habitats Trust to engage people in protecting our freshwater heritage. Peter Case will tell us about it.

  • Tue
    13
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Offers, please, to Jean Cooke. Tell us about a book you have just discovered, whether newly published or not, which you have enjoyed and think would be of interest to other members.

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Everyone’s favourite! We aim to conduct the formal business quickly and have time for a drink and a few nibbles.

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Patrick Barkham - Islanders

    Patrick Barkham is a natural history writer for The Guardian. He is also the author of a number of excellent books – including “The Butterfly Isles” and “Badgerlands”.

    Recently he has published “Islander: a journey around our archipelago”, which is an exploration of eleven of the smaller islands of Britain – in search of their special magic.

    We are delighted to welcome him to talk about this most recent of his projects.

    This events takes place at the Chrysalis Theatre, Japonica Lane, Willen Park South, Milton Keynes. MK15 9JY

    Click here for more details of the event
    Click here for details about parking

  • Tue
    03
    Apr
    2018

    Beach iconNo Meeting

     

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    How and why do birds sing? Why do people react so emotionally to bird song?
    Saffron Summerfield will give us a thought provoking presentation based on her own research and recordings. Prepare to be amazed!

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    2:15 pm

    Walk iconMeet at 14:15 on Sunday, 15 April 2018 at Breckland, on the north side of Linford Wood. SP845406Leader Mike LeRoy

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

    Joint meeting with the inland waterways association

    Protecting and improving wildlife along waterways of the
    Southern midlands.

    Richard Bennett, environmental officer of the canal and river trust, is coming to
    Talk to both societies about our local river and canal habitats.

  • Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.00pm, for an 7:30pm start.

    The charity, Caring for God’s Acre, is keen to encourage people to record the wildlife which can be found in churchyards and other burial grounds.

    Andrea Gilpin is coming to tell us more about this – and hopefully to get some of you involved! This event has been rearranged from the Autumn programme.

  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    Our first walk takes us onto the Greensand ridge. We may see Bluebells, Stirchwort, Early purple orchid. If wet, wellies are advised. LU7 0BA – from there follow the road up the hill. In 500 800 yards you will find the entrance to Stockgrove Car ParkPark in the Visitors Centre car park  (£3 payable on exit). SP 920294

    Leader Di Parsons

  • Tue
    08
    May
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    Come and see this wonderful old farmhouse and the variety of habitats in the grounds. Please come ready to do some recording! Refreshments will be served. Meet at the Art Centre Car Park, or on the roadside at MK5 6AA         SP 825356. Leader Kate Wyatt

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    Woodland birdsong. We are hoping to hear all 3 woodpeckers, many of the tit family, treecreepers, nuthatch, goldcrest, chiffchaffand, if we are lucky, nightingale.  Meet in the Horsebox car park on the e-w road.            SP 810509  Leader Saffron Summerfield

  • Tue
    22
    May
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    A Spring walk around the reserve, including two bird hides. Highlights may be goldcrest, kingfisher and terns. In adjacent meadows, locally abundant Meadow saxifrage. Meet in the Parks Trust car park off Queen Eleanor Street. SP 792410          Leader Jenny Mercer

  • Tue
    29
    May
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    A relaxing walk along the riverside meadows east of Olney church, watching out for wildlife, particularly birds. Meet in the Market Square car park in Olney – just off the A509. MK46 4AU. SP 890512  Leader Julie Lane

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    Old gravel pits with scrub and meadows. Herons, cormorants and various breeding birds can be seen. Plants include Great burnet and Meadowsweet. Otters are often spotted. This level walk is about 3km.

    We will meet outside the Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre NN10 6FA SP 936676 at 7 p.m.  This is just beyond the House of Fraser store in the large new out of town shopping centre.   The car park is very large and should not be busy at that time of day.  If anyone arrives early  the Bewitch’d café that the Wildlife Trust centre shares the building with is open till 7 p.m. and the toilets behind this building should also be open till 7 p.m.

    There are no road closures on the A45 from Wellingborough to Rushden at present but there may be lane closures on Tuesday due to strengthening of a bridge over the railway line to St Pancras.

    On arrival we will be met by  Toni Castello, the Senior Ranger for the reserve for the Wildlife Trust who will give us information on the formation of the very large Rushden Lakes nature reserve which now joins up with the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve owned by the Rockingham Forest Trust.  Our walk will concentrate on the Ditchford Lakes section of the reserve which includes sections by the side of two lakes, a section by the River Nene and short sections through woodland and a meadow.  There is a wide variety of bird life and meadow and woodland plants as well as the chance of spotting an otter.

    Sturdy footwear should be worn due to a short section of uneven, sloping ground with some mud possible.  There may be mosquito clouds on the route and also stinging nettles. We will be accompanied on the walk by Toni and a volunteer ranger.

    Leader Peter Meadows

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 10:00

    Knocking Hoe is the only National Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire. Flora and fauna are very special. Nationally rare plants include Burnt-tip orchid, Spotted Cat’s-ear, Pasqueflower, Field fleawort and Moon carrot. Also a good selection of downland birds. Meet outside the “Live and let live” public house at SG5 3JX. (Check website for car-sharing arrangements) TL 119303

    Leader Matt Andrews

  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    This tiny reserve, managed by BBOWT, is known for the many orchid and butterfly species. Park in the Chiltern Golf Course car park on the hill above the ragpits, at HP22 5NQ

    Leader Roy Maycock

  • Tue
    19
    Jun
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    The woodland in early Summer. Wen hope to spot Wood White and their larval food plants, the vetches and vetchlings. Also, Herb Paris, Common spotted orchid, Wood anemone and possibly the first Helleborines. We will also take a look at the two ponds. Meet in the car park at the end of the track past Dairy Farm.   SP 835456 Leader Phil Sarre

    You can find more information about Little Linford Wood in our Wildlife Sites section.

  • Tue
    26
    Jun
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    The reserve is one of the Upper Ray meadows with ancient ridge-and-furrows, which are very rich in plant life. We will have a guided walk (1.5-2 hours). with Warden, Andy Collins. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. Please note:  a donation of £4 per person, to cover BBOWT’s costs.

    Meadow Farm postcode is OX25 1TW. SP 626188

    Leader Andy Collins

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 10:30

    Forestry Commission woodland with open rides. Well-known for butterflies, including Wood White. Meet at the small car park – Note: Care share essential as parking is limited. SP 660450

    Leader: Martin Kincaid

  • Tue
    03
    Jul
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    This is a very small reserve, with a diverse sandy habitat. Car parking at Di’s house, 20, Brickhill Road, LU7 0BA – then car-sharing to the site. SP 924290

    Leader: Di Parsons

    You can find more information about the reserve in our Wildlife Sites section.

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018

    Festival of Nature iconStart time 19:00

    Open Meeting as part of the MK Festival of Nature. See this special nature reserve at the height of summer. A good variety of invertebrates, birds and plants. Park at Manor Farm Court, Old Wolverton, MK12 5NN                           SP 807417

    Leader: Martin Kincaid

    You can find more information about the reserve in our Wildlife Sites section.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018

    Nature Day at the Melbourne Pavilion, Shenley Wood.

    Festival of Nature icon
    Join MKNHS, The Parks Trust and BBOWT for a day of fun-filled activities dedicated to nature. This big event is part of the MK Festival of Nature (for full details see the Parks Trust website)
    Parking at the Medbourne Pavilion, MK5 6LS. SP823363

    Leader: The Parks Trust and MKNHS

  • Tue
    17
    Jul
    2018

    Holiday iconNo meeting

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018

    Start time 21:00MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    Join Gordon Redford for our annual event in memory of George Higgs.

    A late start to allow for some good mothing time, weather permitting. Fold-up chairs, torches and a flask of something to drink will prove useful! Meet in the roadside car park south of NASH at MK17 0EH.       SP 786327

    Leader: Gordon Redford

  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    A local walk to enjoy the natural history of North Loughton Park. We might look for signs of water quality and record water plants and wildlife. Meet in the Bradwell Abbey Car Park, MK13 9AP

    Leader: Mary Sarre

  • Tue
    31
    Jul
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    We will be looking for bugs, bats and any other wildlife we can find around the site! Access via MK Bowl entrance off Watling Street (V4) at MK5 8FW. The gates are sometimes locked, so you may need to walk up to the site. SP 850361

    Leader: Ayla and Dave Webb

  • Tue
    07
    Aug
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    The Lake, Oxbow, and River Ousel are all good for dragonflies, butterflies and birds, especially warblers. A short walk to the bird hide. Meet in the Car Park on the Newport Road opposite Castle Rose, MK6 3BQ.

    Leader: Colin Docketty

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Walk iconMeet at the Parks Trust offices in  Campbell Park at 10:00 for car sharing

    This SSSI is managed by the Beds/Cambs/Northants Wildlife Trust, and has a rich diversity of wetland and grassland, noted for dragonflies.

    Parking is extremely limited at The Causeway, Bedford, MK44 1JP SP 991584 – so car sharing is a necessity.

    Leader: Lewis Dickinson

  • Tue
    14
    Aug
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    This is an area of new parkland with a number of lakes and ponds stretching for over a kilometre along the banks of Broughton Brook. The walk will be on the level and about 2km long.

    Meet at Brooklands Health and Wellbeing Centre, Countess Way, MK10 7HN SP 907393.  The entrance to this car park is just beyond the Brooklands Farm Primary School.  I have been told by the receptionist at the Health and Wellbeing Centre that it is fine for us to park there that evening.

    Leader: Peter Meadows

  • Tue
    21
    Aug
    2018

    Start time 20:30MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    Some late-season mothing. Some “sugaring” on trees before lighting-up at 21.00. Fold-up chairs, torches, and a flask of something to drink will be useful. Meet in the Car Park at MK14 5AH. SP 843428

    Leader: Gordon Redford

    Use this link for more details about this site.

  • Tue
    28
    Aug
    2018

    Walk iconStart time 19:00

    A new venue for us. A walk in Woburn Abbey Park. Park in the car par opposite the parish church in Park Road, Woburn for a 2-3 mile walk. We hope to see 6 species of deer, some wildfowl, and Giant redwoods.  SP 950332

    Leader: Steven Cousins

  • Tue
    04
    Sep
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8:00pm start.

    Summer Review. Where did you go and what did you see in the long hot summer of 2018? Please come along prepared to tell us a little about your travels and sightings since April.

  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8:00pm start.
    Society moth-ers Gordon Redford and Ayla Webb will tell us about some of the highlights of this year’s mothing season before we set off outdoors to see what is still on the wing in September.

  • Tue
    18
    Sep
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8:00pm start.
    Julie Lane visited Slovenia earlier this year. This evening she will tell us about the beautiful Julian alps and the plants and animals she found there.

  • Tue
    25
    Sep
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8:00pm start.

    Matt Andrews has visited these Mediterranean islands and will tell us about some of his favourite species to be found there.

  • Tue
    02
    Oct
    2018

    Meeting iconStart time 7.30pm, for an 8:00pm start.

    Lindengate is a mental health charity near Aylesbury which uses the healing power of nature to help its service users back to health. Its founder, Charlie Powell will explain how the charity works and is now helping organisations such as Butterfly Conservation and The Parks Trust.

  • Tue
    09
    Oct
    2018

    Start time 7.30pm, for an 8:00pm start.

    A chance to look at nature in miniature! Martin Kincaid will provide the microscopes (but do please bring along one if you can) and we will look at a variety of different natural materials. To include owl pellet dissection!

  • Tue
    16
    Oct
    2018

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

    Skokholm is a small island of the Welsh coast with internationally important breeding populations of seabirds. The smaller landbirds here have long been overlooked yet the island has a remarkable long term record of such birds. Duncan McCollin of Northampton University presents some of the results of the research of its landbirds and will see how this relates to island biogeography theory.

  • Tue
    23
    Oct
    2018

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

    New Society member Justin Long has been recording fungi in Milton Keynes and beyond for many years. This evening he will tell us about some of his favourite species and key discoveries.

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018

    Walk iconAn autumn walk to look for fungi and birds. Meet at All Saints Church car park, Bow Brickhill, 10.30am. Leaders Justin Long and Martin Kincaid.

  • Tue
    30
    Oct
    2018

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

    The chequered skipper butterfly went extinct in England in 1976. Now in north Northants, woodlands are being restored to ensure the right conditions for its successful reintroduction. Butterfly Conservation’s Sussanah O’Riordan will tell all.

  • Tue
    06
    Nov
    2018

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

    A double bill (Groan!)  Nigel Hopperwill first tell us about his study of magpies in Milton Keynes. Judith Lloyd will then talk to us about her time volunteering with the RSPB’s Chough project in Cornwall.

  • Tue
    13
    Nov
    2018

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

    A chance to address your fellow members for 10-20 minutes about a subject of interest to you. Offers to Martin please.

  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018

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

    One of our youngest members, Harry Appleyard has lived in Tattenhoe all of his life and has recorded and photographed its flora and fauna since the age of 12. This evening he will share with us some of his favourite images and stories.

  • Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018

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

    Ann and Mark Strutton will once again preside over our always enjoyable quiz. Teams of up to six will be organised on the night. Bring along something to drink…and your grey matter.

  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018

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

    Our Chairman, Lewis Dickinson, will tell us all about this project and how the Wildlife Trusts implement it. He will also give an overview of the work of the Upper and Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership.

  • Tue
    11
    Dec
    2018

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

    Gabriel Hemery is Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation, a charity which promotes the conservation of woodland across the UK. He is also the author of The New Sylva and will speak about the scientific research and educational work of Sylva.

  • Tue
    18
    Dec
    2018

    7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    It’s just a week before Christmas. Come along to the Cruck Barn and celebrate in the traditional manner!

    Colin Docketty will be asking you what food you can bring along in the preceding weeks.

  • Tue
    25
    Dec
    2018

    Holiday iconNo meeting tonight.

    Happy christmas everyone.