Programme

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

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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.

Click here  to download the Autumn 2019 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.

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
    24
    Sep
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    A chance to use our new digital microscopes. Society member and mycologist JustinLongwill help us identify a selection of fungi. If you are able to bring some freshly cut specimens on the night, and/or a microscope, please do so.

     

  • Tue
    24
    Sep
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    A chance to use our new digital microscopes. Society member and mycologist JustinLong will help us identify a selection of fungi. If you are able to bring some freshly cut specimens on the night, and/or a microscope, please do so.

  • Tue
    01
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Offers of short presentations of up to 15 minutes to Martin or Lewis please.

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Linford Lakes Mammal Group was established in 2016 to monitor the changing mammal populations at this well-known local site. The group, largely comprised of MKNHS members, engage in a wide variety of surveys and have made some interesting discoveries. Ann Jones and Martin Kincaid will present results.

  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    John Baker started monitoring a population of great crested newts during his time at Walton Hall. Thirty years later he finds himself doing similar work, this time with pool frogs. He will talk about both of these studies with some interesting digressions.

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    TBARSPB Otmoor

    Walk icon

    Linda Murphy will lead us around this fantastic wetland reserve near Oxford. Previous visits have produced raptors including marsh and hen harriers, winter wildfowl and we may see the starling murmuration too. Parking is free for RSPB members, £2 for non-members. SP 570126

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    The astonishing success of the Knepp Wildland project in Sussex is now rightfully famous and the estate is one of the most biodiverse sites in England. The story is immortalised in Isabella Tree’s recent book Wilding. This evening, Knepp ecologist Penny Green will give us an illustrated account of how this once intensively managed farm estate was transformed.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Marion Hall has been studying and breeding Leptophyes punctatissima for several years. She will explain to us the distribution, life-cycle and behaviour of this insect with particular focus on its mating behaviour.

  • Tue
    05
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    In July 2019 several Society members enjoyed a group holiday in Bulgaria. This evening we will see and hear how they got on!

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

     

  • Tue
    19
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Society member Derek Taylor has been involved in wind power since 1972 and was an active member of the Alternative Technology movement in the 1970s. In the 80s Derek was based at the OU where he researched, invented and tested wind turbines on campus. With climate warming in our headlines every day, Derek will give us a full overview of this greenest of technologies

  • Tue
    26
    Nov
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Bill Block

  • Tue
    03
    Dec
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

    Ann and Mark Strutton, once again, will put together a brain teasing quiz for us all. Teams of up to 8 will be formed on the night. Nibbles provided – bring your own drinks!

     

  • Tue
    10
    Dec
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

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

     

  • Tue
    17
    Dec
    2019
    7.30pm for an 8.00pm startCruck Barn

    Our traditional festive feast. Colin Docketty will be round in the weeks beforehand to see what delicious viands we can all bring along!