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.  For outdoor events, 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.

June

1st North Loughton Valley Park – Joe Clinch
This will be an outdoor event, arrive 6.45 for 7.00pm
start

The planned walk will include the site of the Roman Villa at Bancroft, the North Loughton Valley Park, and the Windmill at Bradville. There should be a reasonable range of birds, insects and plants, and it is hoped that the Bradville bee orchids will still be in flower.

Given the current limit of 30 people for meeting outdoors, we will split into two groups if there are more than 30 attendees.

Meet at the Parks Trust North Loughton Valley Park car park at Bancroft Park, Constantine Way off Millers Way at SP 826 404
(NB. not the adjacent Bancroft Park Residents Club private car park at MK13 0RA)

8th  Early Spring flora, including orchids at Aston Clinton Ragpits – Di Parsons
On Zoom, at 8.00pm

15th  Stanton Low fields – Martin Kincaid
Outdoor event; arrive 6.45 for 7.00pm start
Open grassland and scrub next to Grand Union Canal. A chance to look at two recently created limestone scrapes and surrounding landscape, rich in wild flowers and insects.

Meet at the car park off Wolverton Road, SP 838419.

22nd  Birdsong – Kenny Kramer

Meeting by Zoom. 7.45 for 8.00 pm start.

Check out your knowledge of the bird songs and calls you may hear on walks around Milton Keynes, and pick up ID tips at the same time. There will be plenty of easily identified birds as well as a few challenging ones for the more experienced birders!
A chance to learn to identify birds by sound  and improve your birding skills in a fun and light-hearted way.
A link will be cirulated in advance of the meeting.

26th (Saturday) Evenley Wood Gardens, Northants – Martin Kincaid
Outdoor event:
11.00am – 4.00pm (Please arrive by 10.45am
)
A chance to visit these beautifully landscaped gardens, with woodland, meadows and streams, rich in wildlife. The owners have kindly granted us free entry in exchange for our records, so please come ready to record. Excellent facilities including café and toilets.

Please meet at car park at 11am sharp as we need to enter the site together. Postcode: NN13 5SL (Grid ref: SP596349).

29th Shenley Wood – Mike LeRoy
Outdoor event; arrive 6.45 for 7.00pm start
Shenley Wood is a 30ha semi-natural ancient woodland with ‘tear-drop’ ponds to its east, all managed by The Parks Trust. Oak, ash, aspen in the canopy, field maple, hazel and goat willow in the understorey. Remnants of coniferisation from the 1950s. Over 160 flowering plant species,18 species of butterfly, 225 of moths, 182 of beetles, around 25 breeding bird species, plus bat roosts. Ponds used by newts. Grasshoppers and bush-crickets in grass by the lakes. Some areas remain muddy throughout the year.

Before we walk there will be a brief introduction to the Wood and its history.

Meet in car-park off west end of Merlewood Drive, opposite Shenley Wood primary school. Grid Reference: SP 82316 35646. Nearest Postcode: MK5 6GG.

July 

6th Bats and glow-worms in Newton Blossomville – Julie Lane
Outdoor event; arrive 9.15 for 9.30 pm start

Join the Milton Keynes Natural History Society for a late evening walk in this beautiful north Buckinghamshire village to listen out for bats and other wildlife down by the river Ouse, visit the local church to find out about bats in churches and then wander up a country road looking out for glow worms in the verges. Bring a torch and warm clothes as it might be chilly.

Location: Newton Blossomville SP924514 Postcode MK43 8AN
Parking: Park on the village road (please respect local access)