Autumn and Spring programme
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 unavailable for hire until further notice.
Instead, the Committee has decided to arrange meetings via Zoom.
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 very welcome. Contact Linda Murphy for advice on Zoom or visitor access to meetings (email@example.com).
Information about how to access and use Zoom is available here:
Joining a meeting: MKNHS Zoom participant user guide Part 1_Joining a meeting
Zoom features to use in a meeting: MKNHS Zoom participant user guide Part 2_In a meeting. Part 2 also includes some guidance on meeting etiquette.
5th Winter Tree Identification – Dr Alan Birkett
Our very own Alan Birkett has produced an excellent online tree identification tool: www.treeguide.co.uk. This evening, he will help us get to grips with identifying British trees at a time of year when there are no leaves or flowers to help us.
12th Hazel Dormice in Northamptonshire – Dr Gwen Hitchcock
Members of our society have been closely involved in the monitoring of the introduced dormouse population at Little Linford Wood. Dr Gwen Hitchcock of the BCN Wildlife Trust will talk to us about the known distribution and monitoring of dormice across the county border in Northants.
19th Wildlife of Transylvania – Andy Harding
Our member Andy Harding has run numerous wildlife watching tours in Europe. This evening he takes us to the relatively little known Romanian region of Transylvania. Expect many birds and flowers, if not vampires.
26th Members’ Evening
A traditional members’ evening where members are invited to share a natural history event/experience that they have enjoyed or found particularly interesting. Maybe you have observed something special during a daily walk in your local area? If you would like to contribute please contact Martin Kincaid or Linda Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your topic and say how long you would like (e.g. 10 mins). If you want to show some photos or video, and haven’t done this on Zoom before, please contact Linda to arrange a trial run.
2nd Cambodia: The Mekong and the Tonle Sap – Martin Ferns
The Mekong River basin covers 87% of Cambodia and the Tonle Sap is the largest lake in SE Asia. These hugely important wetlands are facing various threats and challenges. Martin Ferns, who lived and worked in Cambodia, will tell the story on World Wetlands Day.
9th The Glow-worm Survey – Robin Scagell
Robin Scagell established the Glow-worm survey back in 1990. After thirty years, what do we know about the fortunes of this distinctive insect?
16th A Brief Introduction to British Woodlice – Graham Bellamy
Graham Bellamy is Chairman of Bedfordshire Natural History Society and that county’s recorder of woodlice (among other things). He will give us an introduction to these familiar but under-recorded invertebrates.
23rd Summer Planning – Mary and Phil Sarre
2nd MKNHS Photo Competition
The competition will be a little different this year, as we need you to select your favourite images in advance. Watch this space for more details.
9th Sharks in British Waters – Paul Cox
Paul Cox is Managing Director of The Shark Trust, the UK-based charity dedicated to protecting and conserving these wonderful animals. He will give us an introduction to the Trust’s work with a particular focus on those species found in British seas.
16th Members’ Evening – Book Reviews
Our ever-popular session to share with fellow members some of your favourite books and publications on the natural world.
23rd Annual General Meeting
30th Microscopy Night
6th Easter Break – No meeting
13th The Willow Tit: Britain’s fastest declining bird – Paul Bellamy
The willow tit is described as the UK’s fastest declining songbird and its close relative – the marsh tit – is not fairing much better. The RSPB’s Paul Bellamy will give us some tips on identification and ask what can be done to help these birds.
20th Chilly in Chile – Di Parsons
Society member Di Parsons visited Chile in the summer of 2019 in pursuit of birds and a solar eclipse. This evening she will share these and other wonders with us.
27th First Outdoor Meeting of the Summer
Summer programme – walk descriptions
During the summer, the Society normally holds outdoor meetings every Tuesday from end April / beginning May through to the end of August, and we hope this will be possible again during 2021, beginning on 27th April.
In 2020, because of the coronavirus, it wasn’t possible to hold our usual programme of summer walks for groups of Society members. Instead walk leaders provided 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 are also links to other self-guided walks exploring wild places around Milton Keynes here: Other Walks