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 download the full Risk Assessment document.
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.
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:-
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!
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’.
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.
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.
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.
No meeting tonight.
Happy Easter everyone.
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.
Sat04May2019Howe Park Wood
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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
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.