Programme

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 (lindamurphy49@btinternet.com).  Information about how to access and use Zoom is available on the website’s Zoom Support page.

Upcoming meetings are as follows:

December

1st – MKNHS Quiz. Ann and Mark Strutton will do their best to tax our brains via Zoom!

8th – Members EveningFavourite Wildlife Locations
Where is your favourite place for wildlife in the spring? This evening come along and tell us about the top sites that you like to visit between January and June. It could be somewhere local, somewhere you go for a day trip, or somewhere further afield in the UK that you like to go to for a longer visit. We are all hoping that we’ll be able to get out and about in the spring, so some inspiration now will give us something to look forward to! If you have one or two photos to show, you’ll be welcome to do so, otherwise be ready to tell us something about the place and the star species you see there.

15th – Virtual Xmas Party

Spring programme

January

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
Focus tbc

February

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

March

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

April

6th Easter Break – No meeting

13th To be confirmed

20th To be confirmed

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