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

                                click here for map

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 Early Summer 2019 programme
Download the Late Summer 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
    21
    May
    2019

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. leader: Andy McVeigh

    This is one of the very few SSSIs in north Bucks, designated for their very rich flora and variety of habitats – some old ridge and furrow, limestone slopes and species-rich wet areas along spring lines. Early spring delights the eye with Cowslips on the ridges and Green-winged orchids on the banks. For the ‘orchidophiles’ there are other species together with many showy flowers as well as several ’greens and browns’ of significance e.g. Adders-tongue fern.

    Roadside parking but avoid the very sharp bend! Grid Ref: SP749321. Postcode MK17 0NX.

  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. leader: Lewis Dickinson

    Meeting place is Harrold Odell Country Park (car share advised). Lewis will show us the project he spoke about in his December talk. Opportunity to see otters, wildfowl/waders on the main lakes. Worth cautioning that there will be cattle in the fields, so if people are adverse, then this may not be for them. MK43 7DS. SP956566

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2019

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. leader: Mike leRoy

    Grassland on Cornbrash limestone: a scrape, two large ponds, woodlands next to Railway Walk. Plants less common in MK: Kidney Vetch, Salad Burnet, Horseshoe Vetch, Ramsons and parasitic Common Broomrape. Butterflies, possibly Small Blue; Clearwing moths. Early grasshoppers & bush-crickets; spiders; dragonflies; bees, bumble and other. Bus: No.7 to Selkirk Drive east, Oakridge Park. Car park south of Newport Road, west of canal and Black Horse pub. SP844422

    Click here for more details about this site.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

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    Saturday, start 11am. Leaders: Matt Andrew with Bedfordshire NHS

    Hilly chalk grassland with Orchids, other chalk loving wildflowers, and Butterflies. The meeting will start at 11am from the Totternhoe Knolls car park at SP987217. Coming south on Castle Street, Totternhoe, you will find a red pillar box and 100yds further on a bus shelter, with a brown sign on the right pointing to Totternhoe Knolls. The lane leading to the Car park is just before the bus shelter on the left. Nearest postcode LU6 1QG

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    2019

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. leader: Gordon Redford

    Good for flowers and invertebrates and an opportunity to see how the ancient woodland restoration is progressing. Meet in the Car Park at the very western end of Portway (H5) at MK5 6NA

  • Tue
    18
    Jun
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Martin Kincaid

    Meadows, ponds and light woodland in MK’s best-known park. Meet at Campbell Park Pavilion, HQ of Parks Trust, SP 868398. MK9 4AD

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019
    7:00 pm

    Walk iconLeader: Joe Clinch

    This SSSI, owned and managed by Beds, Cambs and Northants WT, is an acid peat habitat of wet woodland, fen, and rough grazing meadow. Good for grasses, ferns, mosses, and flowers. Uneven paths and board walks, can be muddy. Turn off Maulden road on the eastern outskirts of Flitwick at Folly Farm, then up a rough track. Small car park on edge of Reserve where track ends at TL046354, MK45 5DF. Car share strongly advised. Click here for further information about the site is available or just put Flitwick Moor SSSI into Google.

  • Tue
    02
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pm

    BioBlitz

    BioBlitz

    Leader: MKPT/ MKNHS

    All day recording plus evening walk, based at the Wood Centre off Chaffron Way (H7) opposite Morrisons supermarket. MK4 3GG      GR: SP830345

    Walk iconAn evening walk with Parks Trust’s Grace Burger and Martin Kincaid. Come and record throughout the day in the wood, followed by a walk at 7.00pm, still with the emphasis on recording.

    See Parks Trust website for late details.

  • Tue
    09
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Alan Nelson

    Meet in the BMX car park off V11 Tongwell street promptly for 7.00 departure.
    Main objective of visit to look for and record odonata on this site especially Platycnemis pennipes (White Legged Damselfly ) which Alan has recorded in reasonably good numbers considering the decline of this species over recent years. Once this was abundant along the River Ouzel (Lovat) and River Great Ouse.

    Click here to find out more about the White Legged Damselfly project.

    Many other species of invertebrates can be recorded here and other species: various warblers, possibly kingfisher and water shrew

    GR : SP 883410.   Postcode: MK15 9LZ– not particularly helpful. Travelling north on V11 cross H5-A509-Portway. Turn 2nd left towards Willen lake and go under V11 to car park, on the east of V11.

  • Tue
    16
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Colin Dockety

    Usual meeting place: Manor Farm Court signed off Old Wolverton road, with Parks Trust logo and stone walls either side of gateway.

    The Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve in high summer. We may see some waders on passage. GR: SP 807417.   MK12 5NN

  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2019
    9:00 pm

     

    MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    Leader: MKNHS

    An annual event in memory of George Higgs. A later start than normal to allow for some good mothing time, weather permitting. Fold-up chairs, torch, and a flask of something to drink have been helpful in the past.

    Meet in the roadside car park south of Nash at MK17 0EH.        GR: SP 786327

     

  • Tue
    23
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Mary Sarre

    Meet in the Arts Centre car park, Parklands, signed off the V8.

    We will explore the HLF funded work on the restoration of the historic park features with a representative from the Parks Trust. And, of course the natural history interest.

    Postcode: MK14 5AU.  GR: SP851423

     

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    4:00 pm

    Leader: Paul Lund

    Reserve hopefully open from 4.00pm for us, with BBQ later. Please bring food and drink to share, as well as your own plates/cutlery, glasses. The BBQ equipment is there, but extra charcoal could come in handy.

    Meet in the Car park at the Reserve, MK14 5AH, GR: SP843426

     

  • Tue
    30
    Jul
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Carol Allen and Martin Kinkaid

    A churchyard which is managed sensitively for wildflowers and insects together with an adjacent piece of land equally rich in wildlife. Grid Ref: SP 890467, Please park responsibly in Church Road, Sherington, MK16 9PB  GR : SP 890466.

     

  • Tue
    06
    Aug
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Jenny Mercer/Joe Clinch

    Meet in the Car Park for historic Thornborough bridge off the A421, a couple of miles east of Buckingham, for a short walk along the brook through fields to the quarry with limestone strata exposed.

    See the website for the Bucks Geology Group for more details.

    GR: SP 730332

     

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Phil and Mary Sarre

    Meet in the OU Church car park accessed from Brickhill Street (V10).  Important: We have permission to visit the site, but please check in with Security at the Gate, then assemble in the car park by the little church.

    MK7 6AE    GR SP 885369.

     

     

  • Tue
    20
    Aug
    2019
    7:00 pm

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    Leader: Harry Appleyard

    Park in the MK Coachway car park, at the far western end, at MK16 0AA, GR: SP892404.

    There is potential for a lot of warblers, swifts, and other hirundines; dragonflies such as hawkers; and late summer butterflies as well.

    Also a chance of seeing Hobby and Spotted flycatchers as they should still be around then – two more uncommon species to get our eyes and ears up!

     

     

  • Tue
    27
    Aug
    2019
    7:30 pm

    MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    MKNHS members mothing at Linford Lakes NR by Julie Lane9 July2016

    Leaders: Gordon Redford and Ayla Webb

    Note 19:30 start time. A late season mothing session with some sugaring before lighting up at 20.00 hrs. There are some fine moths to be seen at this time.

    As ever, fold-up chairs, refreshments and warm clothing recommended if you plan to stay. Meet in the Car Park at MK14 5AH.  GR: SP843426