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 Autumn 2018 programme.
Download the Spring 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

    Walk icon
    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

    Camera Icon
    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.

    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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 second visit from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology this year! Dr Marc Bellamy heads up the recording of lepidoptera for the CEH. He will speak to us tonight about the changing distribution of our moths.

  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019

    Walk icon
    Start time 19:00.

    Details of the  event will be published in the next programme.