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.
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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.
Tue11Nov201419:30 for 20:00Cruck Barn at the City Discovery Centre
A talk from our own Julie Lane on how to engage and inspire teenagers in the wonders of the natural world by getting them involved in practical outside projects and exposing them to the wildlife on their doorsteps
Alan and Linda Piggott visited Uist and turned their attention away from the stars in the sky to the stars of the island. What did they find?
Jane Bowley, Project Officer for the Lower Windrush Valley Project, tells us how the valley has been transformed by gravel extraction over the last 100 years from a green, pastoral landscape to one dominated by open water bodies. Some may rue the changes but others revel in the abundance of birds, fishing and variety of views.
Leaders: Ann Biggins, Roy Maycock & Jenny Mercer . Two old meadows with a very rich flora. Of particular interest are the cowslips and green-winged orchids on the ridge and furrows. Insects and other animals may be seen – depending on the weather. Park on roadside, avoiding the dangerous corner, at MK17 0NX. SP750322
Leaders: Joe Clinch and Phil Sarre. BBOWT Reserve good for flowers and birds, and well-known for the successful Dormouse Project led by Society members. Car sharing recommended as parking is limited. Meet in the car park reached by the private road to Dairy Farm off Haversham-Gayhurst road, half a mile from the A526 at MK16 8LU SP834455
Leader: Martin Kincaid. I have been asked to show Parks Trust volunteers around Elfield Nature Park on Sat 13th June between 11am and 1pm. I am happy to stay on and give access to Society members between 2 and 5pm.
This is a site usually closed to the public and we have only had 2 previous society visits to it. A rare example of a brownfield site in Milton Keynes that is managed for wildlife. As it is undisturbed and consists of a variety of habitats it is very rich in invertebrates especially and is also good for birds and aquatic plants. We can include some pond dipping, bug hunting and even monitor the newly introduced slow worm population! There should be a variety of orchids and other flowers to enjoy. Access is off Watling Street (V4) via the main gate for the National Bowl. Please note that as the gate needs to be locked, visitors must arrive promptly for 2pm start. Click here for a map.
Sun23Aug201510:00 12:00 14:00Hazeley Wood
Leader Jean Cooke. Our 2015 Study of Hazeley Wood is well under way. By now much work has been done - but there are inevitable gaps in our coverage, in particular there are many invertebrate groups not being systematically covered.
In order to make the most of the expertise which exists within the Society the coordinating group have arranged a bio-blitz-style day for Sunday August 23rd. In the event the weather that day is unsuitable, this will be changed to August 30th.
While the day is particularly aimed at increasing coverage of invertebrates, anyone is welcome to attend and look at whatever interests them particularly. Non-members who wish to contribute will be very welcome. A brief sheet outlining the recording system to be used will be provided to those who attend on the day.
In order to coordinate activity, it is suggested that people wishing to participate arrive at one of the following times: 10.00 am; 12 noon; 2.00 pm. Someone will be present in the car park by Grange Farm roundabout off Dansteed Way (H4) at MK8 0PY SP814369 at those times to meet them. Once there, participants can stay for as long or short a time as they wish.
N.B. The Archery Club does not use the wood on Sundays!!
For further information email email@example.com or phone 01525 261407 - but not on the day itself, please.
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
Click here for more details about this site.
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.
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
See Parks Trust website for late details.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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