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
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.
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 view the full Risk Assessment document.
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.
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:-
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!
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."
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
Joint meeting with the inland waterways association
Protecting and improving wildlife along waterways of the
Richard Bennett, environmental officer of the canal and river trust, is coming to
Talk to both societies about our local river and canal habitats.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
You can find more information about the reserve in our Wildlife Sites section.
Nature Day at the Melbourne Pavilion, Shenley Wood.
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
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
Meet 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
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 the Broughton Brook Park, Mauretania Way, MK10 7HL SP 908391
Leader: Peter Meadows