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 view the full Risk Assessment document.
Our first walk takes us onto the Greensand ridge. We may see Bluebells, Stirchwort, Early purple orchid. If wet, wellies are advised. LU7 0BA – from there follow the road up the hill. In 500 800 yards you will find the entrance to Stockgrove Car ParkPark in the Visitors Centre car park (£3 payable on exit). SP 920294
Leader Di Parsons
A Spring walk around the reserve, including two bird hides. Highlights may be goldcrest, kingfisher and terns. In adjacent meadows, locally abundant Meadow saxifrage. Meet in the Parks Trust car park off Queen Eleanor Street. SP 792410 Leader Jenny Mercer
Old gravel pits with scrub and meadows. Herons, cormorants and various breeding birds can be seen. Plants include Great burnet and Meadowsweet. Otters are often spotted. This level walk is about 3km. Park in the Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre car park and meet outside the Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre (beyond the House of Fraser store) at NN10 6FA. SP 936676 Leader Peter Meadows
Knocking Hoe is the only National Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire. Flora and fauna are very special. Nationally rare plants include Burnt-tip orchid, Spotted Cat’s-ear, Pasqueflower, Field fleawort and Moon carrot. Also a good selection of downland birds. Meet outside the “Live and let live” public house at SG5 3JX. (Check website for car-sharing arrangements) TL 119303
Leader Peter Meadows
The woodland in early Summer. Wen hope to spot Wood White and their larval food plants, the vetches and vetchlings. Also, Herb Paris, Common spotted orchid, Wood anemone and possibly the first Helleborines. We will also take a look at the two ponds. Meet in the car park at the end of the track past Dairy Farm. SP 835456 Leader Phil Sarre
You can find more information about Little Linford Wood in our Wildlife Sites section.
The reserve is one of the Upper Ray meadows with ancient ridge-and-furrows, which are very rich in plant life. We will have a guided walk (1.5-2 hours). with Warden, Andy Collins. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. Please note: a donation of £4 per person, to cover BBOWT’s costs.
Meadow Farm postcode is OX25 1TW. SP 626188
Leader Andy Collins
Open Meeting as part of the MK Festival of Nature. See this special nature reserve at the height of summer. A good variety of invertebrates, birds and plants. Park at Manor Farm Court, Old Wolverton, MK12 5NN SP 807417
You can find more information about the reserve in our Wildlife Sites section.
Nature Day at the Melbourne Pavilion, Shenley Wood.
Join MKNHS, The Parks Trust and BBOWT for a day of fun-filled activities dedicated to nature. This big event is part of the MK Festival of Nature (for full details see the Parks Trust website)
Parking at the Medbourne Pavilion, MK5 6LS. SP823363
Leader: The Parks Trust and MKNHS
Join Gordon Redford for our annual event in memory of George Higgs.
A late start to allow for some good mothing time, weather permitting. Fold-up chairs, torches and a flask of something to drink will prove useful! Meet in the roadside car park south of NASH at MK17 0EH. SP 786327
Leader: Gordon Redford
Meet at the Parks Trust offices in Campbell Park at 10:00 for car sharing
This SSSI is managed by the Beds/Cambs/Northants Wildlife Trust, and has a rich diversity of wetland and grassland, noted for dragonflies.
Parking is extremely limited at The Causeway, Bedford, MK44 1JP SP 991584 – so car sharing is a necessity.
Leader: Lewis Dickinson
This is an area of new parkland with a number of lakes and ponds stretching for over a kilometre along the banks of Broughton Brook. The walk will be on the level and about 2km long. Meet at the Broughton Brook Park, Mauretania Way, MK10 7HL SP 908391
Leader: Peter Meadows