Autumn and winter programme 2021

In the autumn and winter months in normal years, the Society offers talks on various subjects at indoor meetings in the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey. This year (as last year), the Society has decided to continue to hold the meetings over Zoom.

However, given the generally low risk of meeting outdoors, we are also arranging to hold a monthly weekend walk at a local location, led by one of our members.  This will give an opportunity to meet other members in person as we have done during the summer.

Information about all events, updated COVID restrictions etc. will be available on this page, and through the links under Society Events in the sidebar. A Zoom link will be sent to members before each Tuesday evening meeting For guidance on Meeting by Zoom, follow the link:

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. Please arrive 15 minutes before the walks are due to start, so we can run through the Society’s risk assessment as appropriate.

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

Autumn Programme – September

A Zoom link will be sent to members before each Tuesday evening meeting.  The Zoom meeting room will be open from 7.30pm for members to meet and chat over tea or coffee (your own!), ready for an 8.00pm start.

Tuesday 14th September
7.30 for 8.00, via Zoom

Wildlife in BoliviaMatt Andrews will take us on a tour of this amazing country and show us some of the birds and other wildlife to be seen there. A recording of this talk is available until mid-October – see Society News.

Tuesday 21st September
7.30 for 8.00, via Zoom

New Mexico – Lions, Bobcats, Bears and Birds – presented by Martine Harvey.
New Mexico has rich and varied habitats and is known as the land of enchantment. The high desert and Sangre de Christo mountain range offer stunning landscapes that are unique. This talk will show you some of the  wildlife of the area as well as look at tracking, education and rehabilitation.

Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th September * – Waterhall Park, Fenny Stratford
10.00 am start, both days

An easy country park walk between the River Ouzel and the Canal with waterside plants and insects likely to be seen. This site is managed by The Parks Trust.

This is the first of the planned autumn/winter monthly walks and an opportunity to meet other members in person as we have done during the summer.

The walk will begin from Manor Fields, Fenny Stratford.  Meet at the Manor Fields car park,  Grid Reference: SP885335 – south end, between allotments and playing fields, for access through Saffron Gardens local park to north end of Waterhall Park.   MK2 2HX is the postcode for the Irish Centre and Rugby Club which you pass to access the site, from the turning west opposite Dobbies on Watling Street.

* As some members may find it easier to meet and walk on Sunday than Saturday, and vice versa, Colin has kindly offered to lead the walk both days, at 10am on on both Saturday and Sunday 26th September

Tuesday 28th September
7.30 for 8.00, via Zoom

Birdsong ID Quiz Part 2 presented by Kenny Cramer
A further chance to learn to identify birds by sound and improve your birding skills in a fun and light-hearted way.

Following an earlier very successful evening, we have another opportunity to 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!

Details of other Autumn Programme events will be published as soon as possible.

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.”