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 Spring 2019 programme.
Download the Early 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
    08
    Jan
    2019

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

    The Woodland Trust aims to conserve and preserve our ancient and natural woodlands and to create new woodlands. Paddy Byrne will tell us how The Trust’s projects and initiatives deliver these aims.

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019
    9:00 am

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    Julie Lane will lead our first field trip of 2019, at this first class RSPB reserve in North Cambs. We will meet at Campbell Park Pavilion, Silbury Boulevard (MK9 4AD) for car share to the site. 9am start.

  • Tue
    15
    Jan
    2019

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

    Bjorn Beckman coordinates the recording of grasshoppers and their allies in the British Isles. These charismatic insects have shown themselves to be adaptable to climate change with many species extending their range. Bjorn will explain in full detail.

  • Tue
    22
    Jan
    2019

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

    All entries must be handed to Martin or Lewis by the end of the January 15th 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
    29
    Jan
    2019

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

    Society member Julian Lambley has shown us some of his excellent pictures at recent Members Nights. Now he gets a whole night to himself to revisit his and Anne’s visit to Sri Lanka in 2017.

  • Tue
    05
    Feb
    2019

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

    Katrina van Grouw gave us a fascinating insight into bird anatomy with her talk ‘The Unfeathered Bird’ three years ago. She has now turned her attention to domesticated animals and will talk to us about her work on her recent book ‘Unnatural Selection’.

  • Tue
    12
    Feb
    2019

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

    Phil and Mary Sarre will once again help us plan our programme of summer walks. Please come with suggestions, maps and pencils!

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019
    10:30 am

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    A visit to this local BBOWT woodland reserve which we normally see in the summer months. Bird, fungi and perhaps early flowers to look for. Meet at the Little Linford Wood car park at 10.30am. Phil and Mary Sarre will lead us. SP834455.  MK16 8LU.

    Click here for more information about Little Linford Wood.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019

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

    Professor David Sharp has made four appearances on BBC Coast and was an academic consultant for the series. David will discuss his experiences filming for the programme, covering features on sound mirrors, foghorns, squeaking sand and Fingal’s Cave.

  • Tue
    26
    Feb
    2019

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

    Offers of 10-15 minute presentations to either Martin or Lewis please.

  • Tue
    05
    Mar
    2019

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

    Come and find out how the Society is run and what you can contribute to it.

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019

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

    Dr Oliver Crimmen is curator of fish at the Natural History Museum, London. He will give us a full and entertaining account of his many year’s work at the museum and in particular his studies of the shark species found in our waters.

  • Tue
    19
    Mar
    2019

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

    Tonight we will look through the microscope once again, this time focusing on freshwater invertebrates. Please bring along a microscope if you have one.

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2019

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

    Our erstwhile member Alan Nelson needs no introduction. His favourite subject is the odonatan and tonight he will give us an account of the changing populations and distribution of these fantastic creatures.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

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

    Sue Raven is the head ranger at The Greensand Trust’s Maulden Wood reserve in Bedfordshire. This site has seen re-introductions of both adder and hazel dormouse in recent years and Sue will tell us how these populations are monitored as well as the broader management of this lovely wood.

  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019

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

    Well known and active bird-watcher Simon Nicholls has been birding in Milton Keynes and Bucks since the 1980s. Tonight he will share some of his favourite memories of great ticks and near misses!

  • Tue
    16
    Apr
    2019

    Holiday iconNo meeting tonight.

    Happy Easter everyone.

  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019

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

    Our very own Mick Jones will tell us about his experiences of Chasing Butterflies from The Chilterns to the Caucasus. Note, this is a change to the published programme.

  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. leader: Di Parsons

    Our first walk takes us up onto the Greensand ridge. We may see bluebells, stitchwort, early purple orchid. If wet, wellies are advised.  Park in the visitor centre car park at SP 920294. Postcode: LU7 0BA to local houses continue up hill about 400yds . Note: £3.00 payable on exit.

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019
    Howe Park Wood

    Start time 21.00 and all night. Leader: Gordon Redford

    Following in the footsteps of the MKNHS members of 29 years ago (see 50th Birthday Magpie) join us “mothers” for an all-night session and staying, weather permitting till the opening bars of the dawn chorus. Fold-up chairs, warm clothing, refreshments and hot drinks recommended. Meet in the Car Park opposite Westcroft shopping Centre off Chaffron Way (H7) at MK4 3BG.

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. leaders: Harry Appleyard/Martin Kincaid

    As in previous years we will focus on birdsong culminating in the dusk chorus. Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler and Wood Warbler have featured in previous visits. Meet in the Horse Box Car Park SP809508.

  • Tue
    14
    May
    2019

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. leader: Joe Clinch

    Stony Stratford NR (owned and managed by the Parks Trust) is an area in the Ouse valley of ponds, small lakes, thickets, and rough wet meadow (former gravel extraction site). Good variety of breeding birds on the Island including probability of Lapwing, Common Tern, and Oystercatcher.

    Meadow Saxifrage should be in flower. Mix of hard core, wood chip and grassy paths (muddy and slippery when wet). Car Park off the north side of Queen Eleanor Street at Grid Reference: SP792410. Click here for further information about the site

  • 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

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    Start time 19:00. 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

    Walk iconStart time 19:00. Leader: 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.