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

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
    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

    Walk icon

    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
    Howe Park Wood

    Join local wildlife experts and nature-loving novices alike in the search for species living on your doorstep at the Howe Park Wood 24-hour BioBlitz! We’ll be recording everything from minute mini-beasts to marvellous mammals, seeking out species hiding in the ponds, grassland, orchard and ancient woodland habitats at Howe Park Wood.

    Turn up any time throughout the day (between 9am and 5pm) if you want to have a go at recording what you find in the wood.

    Alternatively, we do have a number of free guided sessions which you can book onto below;

    8am - Moth Morning - Suitable for all ages

    9.15pm - Bat Walk - Adults only

    Meet at Howe Park Wood Education Centre, off H7 Chaffron Way. MK4 3GG at 9.15pm.

    Limited parking spaces available at Howe Park Wood Education Centre. Please use Westcroft District Centre opposite the park for further parking.

  • 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 Kincaid

    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.

    The Coombs Quarry site is quite overgrown and rough in places. Members are therefore advised to wear stout shoes or boots and to bring a walking stick/pole if they normally use one. Once within the site there is a good grassy viewing platform with excellent interpretation boards.

    The Car Park is as previously announced in the Summer Programme - off the A421 at the historic Thornborough Bridge a couple of miles east of Buckingham (GR: SP 730332).

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

     

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019
    7:00 pm

    Walk icon

    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

    Walk icon

    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

     

  • Tue
    03
    Sep
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    The summer of 2019 was nothing if not mixed! Did you have a favourite field trip you can tell us about? Or perhaps you visited warmer climes? Please come along with a few pictures or stories to share.

  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Our local BTO Bird Ringer Kenny Cramerhas given us entertaining talks before about his ringing in Milton Keynes and on the island of Skokholm. Tonight he presents us with some of the highlights of his visits to the Mediterranean region on ringing expeditions.

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

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

    Brian Laney is joint plant recorder for the county of Northamptonshire. This evening, he will reveal some of the exciting plant discoveries and indeed rediscoveries of recent years and tell us about some species which may be spreading into Bucks and MK.

  • Tue
    24
    Sep
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

    Microscope icon
    Teas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    A chance to use our new digital microscopes. Society member and mycologist JustinLongwill help us identify a selection of fungi. If you are able to bring some freshly cut specimens on the night, and/or a microscope, please do so.

     

  • Tue
    24
    Sep
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

    Microscope icon
    Teas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

    A chance to use our new digital microscopes. Society member and mycologist JustinLong will help us identify a selection of fungi. If you are able to bring some freshly cut specimens on the night, and/or a microscope, please do so.

  • Tue
    01
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Offers of short presentations of up to 15 minutes to Martin or Lewis please.

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Linford Lakes Mammal Group was established in 2016 to monitor the changing mammal populations at this well-known local site. The group, largely comprised of MKNHS members, engage in a wide variety of surveys and have made some interesting discoveries. Ann Jones and Martin Kincaid will present results.

  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    John Baker started monitoring a population of great crested newts during his time at Walton Hall. Thirty years later he finds himself doing similar work, this time with pool frogs. He will talk about both of these studies with some interesting digressions.

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    2:00 pmRSPB Otmoor

    Walk icon

    Linda Murphy will lead us around this fantastic wetland reserve near Oxford. Previous visits have produced raptors including marsh and hen harriers, winter wildfowl and we may see the starling murmuration too.

    Meet in the reserve carpark for a 2pm start.

    Please note parking is limited, so car sharing is strongly encouraged.

    Parking is free for RSPB members, £2 for non-members. SP 570126

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Chas Anderson will give us a talk on Whales and Dolphins of the tropics. Please note, this is a change from the published programme.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Marion Hall has been studying and breeding Leptophyes punctatissima for several years. She will explain to us the distribution, life-cycle and behaviour of this insect with particular focus on its mating behaviour.

  • Tue
    05
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startResource Centre, City Discovery Centre

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

    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.

    In July 2019 several Society members enjoyed a group holiday in Bulgaria. This evening we will see and hear how they got on!

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startResource Centre, City Discovery Centre

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

    Justin Long will lead this microscopy session to look at fungi. Please bring along any specimens you can find on your local patch. This is a change to the advertised programme,

    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.

     

  • Tue
    19
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startResource Centre, City Discovery Centre

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

    Please note that during November, 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.

    Society member Derek Taylor has been involved in wind power since 1972 and was an active member of the Alternative Technology movement in the 1970s. In the 80s Derek was based at the OU where he researched, invented and tested wind turbines on campus. With climate warming in our headlines every day, Derek will give us a full overview of this greenest of technologies

  • Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startResource Centre, City Discovery Centre

    Meeting iconPlease note that during November, 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.

    Teas and coffees from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start

    Bill Block

  • Tue
    03
    Dec
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Ann and Mark Strutton, once again, will put together a brain teasing quiz for us all. Teams of up to 8 will be formed on the night. Nibbles provided – bring your own drinks!

     

  • Tue
    10
    Dec
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn, City Discovery Centre

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

    Kate Wyatt is a society member and a renowned wildlife artist based at Westbury Arts Centre. She will talk us through the process of capturing her subjects, including hares, lapwings and goshawks, from first sighting of the animal to a finished artwork.

  • 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!