Programme

Summer programme 2021

During the summer, the Society normally holds outdoor meetings every Tuesday from end April / beginning May through to the end of August. This year we began in May with virtual walks, where a member guided us around a local area through Zoom.

With the relaxation of Covid restrictions, we are organising some outdoor meetings, though occasional meetings will continue to be held on Zoom. For guidance on Meeting by Zoom, follow the link: https://mknhs.org.uk/zoom-support/

All members of the Society are reminded that during Society outdoor activities they must comply with current Government and Public Health rules and guidance concerning Covid-19.

For any forthcoming Society activity, each member who is planning to participate should assess his/her own risk and that of their household having regard to his/her own health and circumstances. This requirement is in accordance with the Society’s Constitution that states ‘Members taking part in any meeting or activity do so at their own risk.’

Practical and Covid-19 risk assessments are carried out in advance of each planned walk. Before the start of each walk, the walk leader will reinforce the message about risk. 

Outdoor meetings start at 7pm unless otherwise stated. Please arrive 15 minutes before the walks are due to start, so we can run through the Society’s risk assessment as appropriate.

Information about later walks, updated COVID restrictions etc.will be available on this page, and through the links under Society Events in the sidebar.

Note that there is also a page of self-guided walks, with directions and guidance on what you might see.

 

August

3rd         Haversham Lake with Sailing club members   –   Mary and Phil Sarre
6.45 for 7.00pm start
Meet in the Sailing Club Car Park entrance opposite No 24 High Street, Haversham. Grid Reference: SP829 429.

This walk takes us around the Lake, with members of the Sailing club who have been active in improving the land for wildlife.  Walking fairly easy, though on rough grass paths. Entire circuit more than one hour, option of half the circuit.

10th        Tattenhoe Park  –  Harry Appleyard
6.45 for 7.00pm start

Park by St.Giles Church, which is the turning off Portishead Drive, Tattenhoe, more or less opposite the Prince George Pub.  Postcode for the church is MK4 3BE. Grid ref: SP828339.

With a variety of habitats including small areas of deciduous woodland, balancing ponds, rough grassland, and a floodplain meadow, this increasingly urbanised site in the south-west corner of MK has reaped many rewards from regular visits in recent years, particularly for passage migrants, some of which in late summer have included Tree Pipits, Wheatears, Redstarts and Hawfinch.

The current plan for the walk route encompasses the soon-to-be residential roads which run between the rough grassland owned by Homes England and onto gravel paths within the southern section of the site, the Tattenhoe Valley Park, owned by The Parks Trust. There are some uneven surfaces along the unmaintained roads and the footpaths within the Tattenhoe Valley Park, with some overhanging vegetation in places.

17th  Tongwell Lake walk   –   All members
6.45 for 7.00pm start

Meet at the car park at the end of Yeomans Drive, Blakelands. SP866 422.

A circular walk around the lake, about an hour, to see what we can see – not visited for many years.

24th   Floodplain Forest walk  – all members
6.45 for 7.00pm start

Meet at the Manor Farm Court car park, Old Wolverton, promptly for 7.00 start (dusk will be near 8.00pm)

31st   Mothing evening at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.  Andy Harding
Start 19.30hrs.

Meet at the car park at MK14 5AH for a late season mothing session with some sugaring before lighting up at 8pm. There are some fine moths to be seen at this time, weather permitting. As ever, fold-up chairs, refreshments, and warm clothing recommended if you plan to stay.

Please note that clause 7 of the Society’s constitution reads: “the Society will exercise due care when arranging its meetings and activities for the benefit of members.  Members taking part in any meeting or activity do so at their own risk.”