Programme

Autumn programme

During the autumn and winter, from September through to the end of April, the Society normally holds indoor meetings every Tuesday at The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have been advised by the City Discovery Centre that the Cruck Barn is unlikely to be available for hire earlier than the New Year.

Instead, the Committee has decided to arrange meetings via Zoom. See Autumn Programme page for details.
The room will open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. The link will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings. Visitors are also welcome as explained on the Autumn Programme page. Information about how to access and use Zoom is available on the website’s Zoom Support page.

Upcoming meetings are as follows:

October

20th – Matt Andrews “Wildlife of Tenerife”

27th – ‘Standard’ Members’ Evening – members are invited to give a short talk (10-15 minutes) about wildlife they’ve seen or a wildlife event they’ve taken part in.
If you’d like to contribute, contact lindamurphy49@btinternet.com by the end of Monday 26th October, and do say if you want to try out sharing a presentation beforehand.

November

3rd – Di Parsons “The Steve Etches Collection”. A look at the astonishing work of one man – Steve Etches – in collecting and cataloguing fossils from the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
10th – Neil McMahon “An Introduction to the wildlife of Pitsford Reservoir”
17th – Members Evening – “Gardening for wildlife” – a discussion evening led by Julie Lane.
24th – Dr Phil Wheeler “Treezilla – the Monster Map of Trees!” A talk held over from Spring 2020.

December

1st – MKNHS Quiz. Ann and Mark Strutton will do their best to tax our brains via Zoom!
8th – Members Evening – focus tbc
15th – Virtual Xmas Party

Summer programme – walk descriptions

During the summer, the Society normally holds outdoor meetings every Tuesday from May through to the end of August.  Although it is not possible to hold our usual programme of summer walks for groups of Society members this year, you can still visit the sites and try the walks for yourself!

Walk leaders are providing descriptions of the walks they would have led with information about the route and descriptions of the wildlife that may be seen. You can use these to explore the sites on your own or with family or friends. If you aren’t able to visit the sites in person, use these descriptions to find out more about the wildlife in and around Milton Keynes. The walk descriptions can be found here.

There is also a virtual walk around College Lake with Sue Hetherington, which she presented  on Tuesday 18th August, using Zoom. This is now available to view (only until 10 September) as Zoom recordings in 2 parts, at the following links:
Virtual Tour of College Lake, Part 1 (20 minutes) You will need to enter passcode: %l5Fsq9k
Virtual Tour of College Lake, Part 2 (40 minutes)  Passcode: WX7k+?tU
Part 2 includes a guide to birds you might see at College Lake, given by Adrian Bayliss.

There are also links to other self-guided walks exploring wild places around Milton Keynes here: Other Walks