Programme

Late Summer Walks Programme 2022

Here are details of the MKNHS walks during June, July and August 2022. These take place on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

We also have some events that involve outside organizations: these you have to book so that we know numbers. Further details of these will be sent by email in the near future; the only one in this program is Gallows Bridge which is briefly noted below.

You can locate a Grid reference on a map by searching ‘Grid reference finder’ in your browser or Play store or Apple I-store app.

The start time of each meeting is given against its date. Please arrive 15 minutes before the walks are due to start, so we can run through the risk assessment as appropriate. 

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.”

A PDF file of the Late Summer Walks Programme can be downloaded here.

June

Tuesday 7th Oxley Mead: David Gowing
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start
A rare opportunity to visit the richest meadow in MK with a guided tour from Professor David Gowing from the Open University.  Meet at Oxley Park shops, Cushing Drive.  MK4 4TJ.  Grid reference SP821349

Saturday 11th – Knocking Hoe: Matt Andrews
Meet at 10.15 for 10.30 start
Knockinghoe is the only National Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire. Flora and fauna are very special. Nationally rare plants include Burnt-tip orchid, Spotted catsear, Pasque flower, Field fleawort and Moon carrot. Also a good selection of downland birds. Meet outside The View public house at SG5 3JX.    Grid reference TL 119303

Sunday 12th – Tear Drop Lakes: Colin Docketty
Meet at 10.15 for 10.30 start
A circular walk round the lakes including a visit to Damselfly City, a small area of reeds in the corner of one of the lakes which always has a good collection of Damselflies including White Legged so you can brush upon your ID skills.
Parking off Childs Way H6 in Davy Avenue , Knowlhill, by the cricket ground.
Grid reference SP843371

Tuesday 14th  – Tattenhoe: Harry Appleyard
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start
Harry’s patch is well-known for the wealth of bird and insect records that Harry has recorded in recent years. Wildflower meadows, many ponds and hedgerows provide a wealth of interest.
Meet at Steinbeck Crescent, Snelshall West.  Grid Reference SP827330

Tuesday 21st  – Totternhoe:  Matt Andrews
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start
First we will be making a short visit to Totternhoe Knolls to look at the summer flowers, and birds of the chalk down land. Then we will return to the Cross Keys in time for dusk at 10pm when the Stag Beetles are flying from the shelter of the hedges either side of the road.
Parking at the Cross Keys, Totternhoe. Grid reference SP979218.

Tuesday 28th  – No evening meeting

July

Saturday 2nd –   Howe Park Wood: Nature Day 11am-4pm
The annual celebration of wildlife at Howe Park Wood. Volunteers welcome to join Martin and Helen to help at our MKNHS display in the visitor centre.
Parking at the car park off Chaffron Way (H7) Post code MK4 3GG. Grid reference SP 830344.

Tuesday 5th – Sandhouse Lane Quarry: Di Parsons
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start
A former quarry now owned and managed by The Greensand Trust. There are rich meadows of wild flowers, Butterflies such as Hairstreaks, and an interesting area of tarmac now being colonised by lichens and other wild flowers.
Meet at the upper car park at the Flying Fox pub, round the corner from the A5. PLease share cars if you can. MK17 9HD. Grid reference SP933304. (Nature Reserve Grid reference SP 935298)

Sunday 10th – Lodge Lake:  Colin Docketty
Meet at 10.15 for 10.30 start
A visit to this not often visited site to see what the lake and the surrounding area has to offer. Great Crested Grebes breed here.  Good for marginal plants.
Parking at the car park off Bradwell Road off Danstead Way H4 . Grid reference  SP832385

Tuesday 12th – Wolverton Fairy Flax:  Jenny Mercer

The walking is easy, mostly on metalled paths and  crosses just 2 grassy fields towards the Iron Trunk aquaduct.  The focus will be on identifying plants of wet places – for example fairy flax, water dock and figwort are locally common on this route. Over 150 plants were identified a decade or more ago on a Society walk led by Roy Maycock supported by Mary Sarre.   The riverside walk should be alive with dragonflies and other insects.
Meet at the Holy Trinity Church car park, Old Wolverton.  Post code MK12 5NH. Grid Reference SP803412

Saturday 16th – College  Wood, Nash:  Andy Harding
Meet at 20.45 for 21.00 start
An annual event in memory of George Higgs and Gordon Redford.
This is a joint event with the Bucks Invertebrate Group, who provide several moth traps. In 2021 in ideal weather we recorded well over 200 moths. (Full list is on the MKNHS website.)
A later start than normal to allow for some good mothing time, weather permitting. Fold up chairs, torch, and a flask of something to drink have been helpful in the past. Meet in the roadside car park south of Nash at MK17 0EH. Grid reference SP 786 327. Extra parking inside the gate will be available on Saturday.

Tuesday 19th – Ouzel Valley Park: Derek and Judy Taylor
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start
Riverside walks and grassland with interesting archaeology as well as wildlife interest. Dragonflies and other insects and potentially bats at dusk.
Parking: The Barge Inn has a double car park, adjacent and just south of this is the car park we are using.  The Barge is at MK15 0AE. Grid reference SP873392.

Monday 25th Tring Museum: Linda Murphy
Meet at 10.15 for 10.30 start
A behind the scenes tour for 24 members maximum. Booking will be essential. Full details have been sent out.

August

Tuesday 2nd Howe Park Wood:  Andy Harding
Meet at 19.45 for 20.00 start.
Another mothing evening at a site where the Society has recorded moths in the past. Also a chance to see bats at dusk.
Meet at the car park off Chaffron Way (H7) Post code MK4 3GG. Grid reference SP830344.

Sunday, 7th – Walton Lake and River Ouzel: Colin Docketty
Meet at 10.15 for 10.30 start
We will first view the emergent plant Arrowhead (Sagittaria Sagittifolia) at one of its few locations on the River Ouzel, and then go on a circular walk to see what is around.
Parking at Walton Lake Car Park in Newport Road.  nearest post  code MK6 3AP.  Grid reference SP 879369.

Tuesday 16th – Willen Lake North:  Martine Harvey
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start.
We will walk around the lake and visit the bird hide. Some of the birds to be seen include Gulls, Ducks, Long Tailed Tits, Warblers and possibly a Goldcrest. One of our best local bird-watching sites at a good time for autumn passage.
Most of the walk is on a path, with some bridleway which could be muddy.
Meet at the Sports Pavilion car park, off Hooper Gate, Willen MK15 9AA. Grid reference: SP 876410.

Tuesday 23rd – Linford Manor Park: Carla Boswell/Ellie Broad
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start.
Historic parklands recently restored by The Parks Trust. Carla & Ellie will show some of the restored features including ponds and stone walls. We will end the night with some bat recording.
Meet at the Arts Centre car park off Parklands, Great Linford. Postcode: MK14 5AU.  Grid reference SP 851423.

Tuesday 30th – Elfield Park: James Chew
Meet at 18.45 for 19.00 start.
A brownfield site with limited public access, now the home of Elfield Park Bushcraft Group. Woodland, scrub and species rich ponds. Note the car park will be locked at 19:10. Access via the Bowl entrance off Watling Street. Nearest postcode MK6 1NJ. Grid reference SP 854362

 

NEXT MEETING:  6th September
Back to our usual autumn/winter indoor venue: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK13 9AP

 

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.