Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

November 2021

Wed
3

CALDECOTTE LAKE, MILTON KEYNES - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in Caldecotte Arms (Windmill) car park (free) off H10 Bletcham Way, SP 888 354
Postcode: MK7 8HP (Google map)

As winter approaches, MK's second-biggest lake can throw up scarce grebes, ducks or divers as well as assorted gulls. Toilets and food in pub. Paths hard and mostly level, though a complete circuit is 2-3 miles.

Leader: Paul Tucker 07912-491782

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Thu
11

FERMANAGH'S BIRDS - Illustrated Talk

Location: This talk will be delivered via Zoom. Please see details below for how to join the talk

Speaker: Brad Robson, RSPB
Brad's talk will be on the birds of county Fermanagh in the west of Northern Ireland, the most westerly part of the UK.
He will focus on work he has done to benefit birds, particularly breeding wading birds Curlew, Redshank, Lapwing and Snipe as well as the wintering species and occasional scarce birds that occur here. He will also talk of wildlife in general to give a perspective of the rich nature of the species here including some upland wildlife.

HOW TO ATTEND THIS TALK
All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an e-mail about 1 week before the event with the link to join the talk.
If you are a Group member but have not given us your e-mail address, please send it to our membership secretary, Anne Webber at bwv552@btinternet.com and she will add you to our mailing list.

If you're not yet a member of our Local Group, you can join for just £7 per year (see "How to join us" on our website https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/) or it may be possible for you to attend the talk as a guest for just £3. Please e-mail Ann Davies on AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk and she will be able to let you know how to book that.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members, £3 for non-members

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
20

FLOODPLAIN FOREST, OLD WOLVERTON - Guided Walk

Location: NB new meeting place: Parks Trust car park (free) where Manor Farm Court Rd joins Old Wolverton Rd, SP 810 415
Postcode: MK12 5NN (Google map)

Following Fermanagh, another look at our best local wetland and wader site with its surroundings of river, canal, park and farmland. Level walking (mostly) with three hides but no toilets.

Leader: Chris Ward 01908-669448

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

December 2021

Wed
8

DELAPRE ABBEY, NORTHAMPTON - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in car park (free). From A45 southern by-pass take A508 London Rd past Queen Eleanor's Cross and towards town centre. Entrance (with a small lodge) is on RHS after mile. SP 759 591
Postcode: NN4 8AW (Google map)

Near the recently restored house are splendid mature trees, a walled garden, Victorian shrubberies, a plantation, golf course, paddocks and lake. Wetland, woodland and parkland birds - Hawfinches one recent winter! Toilets and posh cafe. Some paths are too muddy for wheelchairs - wellies advised.

Leader: Chris Coppock 07708-310402

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Thu
9

RETURN OF THE SEA EAGLE - Illustrated Talk

Location: This talk will be delivered via Zoom. See details below on how to attend this talk

Speaker: Paul Walton, RSPB

The reintroduction of the Sea Eagle in Scotland has been an extraordinary conservation success story.
The species is now established as a key element of the wild places and natural assets that make Scotland such an attractive destination for visitors, delivering real benefits to rural economies. Much more than this, the return of the species signifies a deep and resonant cultural milestone, and the restoration of a key top predator to our incredible, and critically important, coastal ecosystems.

We've been lucky to have had Sea Eagles (White-Tailed Eagles) visiting our area from time to time, and as they extend their range from reintroduction sites, we may well see more of these - here's a chance to learn more about this magnificent bird.

HOW TO ATTEND THIS TALK
All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an e-mail about 1 week before the event with the link to join the talk.
If you are a Group member but have not given us your e-mail address, please send it to our membership secretary, Anne Webber at bwv552@btinternet.com and she will add you to our mailing list.

If you're not yet a member of our Local Group, you can join for just £7 per year (see "How to join us" on our website https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/) or it may be possible for you to attend the talk as a guest for just £3. Please e-mail Ann Davies on AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk and she will be able to let you know how to book that.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members, £3 for non-members

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

January 2022

Sat
1

NEW YEAR'S DAY AT CALDECOTTE LAKE, MILTON KEYNES - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in Caldecotte Arms (Windmill) car park (free) off H10 Bletcham Way, SP 888 354

Postcode: MK7 8HP (Google map)

Our New Year walk is always popular. Lots of accessible waterbirds for beginners, with the chance of a rare duck, diver, grebe or gull. Toilets and food in pub. Paths hard and mostly level, though a complete circuit is 2-3 miles. Dogs accepted if well-behaved and on short leads at all times.

Leaders: Pete How 07946-884654 and Keith Gander

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Thu
13

BARN OWLS : PAST, PRESENT AND THEIR FUTURE - Illustrated Talk

Location: Either at the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes - or via Zoom (see below for more details)
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

Speaker: Graham Lenton

What is happening to our beautiful Barn Owls?
This talk looks at British owls and in particular Barn Owls and reviews their present status. Research by Graham on Barn Owls in Malaysia showed how the population was manipulated to increase numbers in such a way that the owls are now controlling rats in oil palm plantations. Using similar methods can we help our Barn Owls in the UK?

HOW TO ATTEND THIS TALK
We hope to be able to return to face-to-face talks in our usual venue of the Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK1 9AP, from January 2022.
However, at the time of publishing this event (July 2021) we do not yet know whether this will be possible or what requirements there may be at that time in terms of social distancing, limits on numbers in the venue, need to pre-book etc. If we are able to meet face-to-face then arrangements for attending the talk will hopefully be as similar as possible to those for our pre-COVID talks. We shall provide updates nearer the time here on our website https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/
If we cannot meet face-to-face we shall continue to deliver our talks via Zoom until we can safely return to the Cruck Barn.

Time: Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: £3 for Group members, £4 for non-members if at the Cruck Barn

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
19

THE TOVE VALLEY AND GRAND UNION CANAL - Guided Walk

Location: Meet: Grafton Regis - canal bridge on minor road to Hanslope, SP 761 472
Park with care on roadside.
Postcode: NN12 7SS (Google map)

This short towpath walk will interest those who enjoyed Brad Robson's talk on Fermanagh, as the Tove valley here remains a haven for farmland waders. If we are lucky and the floods are out, expect dramatic views with big flocks of Lapwing, Golden Plover, winter thrushes and possible raptors. Good for hares too. No toilets and towpath can be muddy.

Leader: Chris Coppock 07708-310402

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

February 2022

Wed
2

FLOODPLAIN FOREST, OLD WOLVERTON - Guided Walk

Location: Meet: Parks Trust car park (free) where Manor Farm Court Rd joins Old Wolverton Rd, SP 810 415
Postcode: MK12 5NN (Google map)

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, another visit to this recently-created local wetland, amid its settings of river, canal, park and farmland. Level walking (mostly) with three hides but no toilets.

Leader: Keith Gander 07799-504313

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Thu
10

SKOMER ISLAND : A HAVEN FOR WILDLIFE - Illustrated Talk

Location: Either at the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes - or via Zoom (see below for more details)
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

Speaker: Mike Wallen, Bucks Bird Recorder

Mike will lead us on a journey, showing us the incredible wildlife of Skomer Island, from the fantastic seabirds to the sheer beauty of the flora. Mike has volunteered here each Spring for 36 years. He will show us the treasures, the breathtaking scenery, and the cliffs teeming with seabirds.
Skomer is a special place with a rich history, its wildlife is fascinating by both day and night. Mike hopes that by the end of this talk you will almost certainly want to visit.

HOW TO ATTEND THIS TALK
We hope to be able to return to face-to-face talks in our usual venue of the Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK1 9AP, from January 2022.
However, at the time of publishing this event (July 2021) we do not yet know whether this will be possible or what requirements there may be at that time in terms of social distancing, limits on numbers in the venue, need to pre-book etc. If we are able to meet face-to-face then arrangements for attending the talk will hopefully be as similar as possible to those for our pre-COVID talks. We shall provide updates nearer the time here on our website https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/
If we cannot meet face-to-face we shall continue to deliver our talks via Zoom until we can safely return to the Cruck Barn.

Time: Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: £3 for Group members, £4 for non-members if at the Cruck Barn

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
19

WILLEN LAKE, MILTON KEYNES - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in Parks Trust car park (free) on west side V11 Tongwell St, just north of Pineham (V11/H5) roundabout. SP 883 404

This popular amenity and flood storage lake holds a range of water birds, and sometimes rarities. The heronry should be getting busy. Toilets distant (cafe on south lake). Most paths accessible, but some soft bits.

Leader: Pete How 07946-884654

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

March 2022

Thu
10

BEDFORDSHIRE'S CHANGING HABITATS AND WILDLIFE - Illustrated Talk

Location: Either at the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes - or via Zoom (see below for more details)
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

Speaker: Richard Revels

In 2000 Richard worked with Beds Natural History Society to publish a book on the County's best 50 wildlife sites. The idea was that there would be a follow-up book to review what had changed and, 20 years on, Richard has revisited and photographed many of these sites illustrating the habitat changes that have taken place, together with many new habitats and plenty of wildlife too - and, with authors Chris Boon & Graham Bellamy has produced this new book, published in 2020.

We hope to have copies of the book for sale at the talk.

HOW TO ATTEND THIS TALK
We hope to be able to return to face-to-face talks in our usual venue of the Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK1 9AP, from January 2022.
However, at the time of publishing this event (July 2021) we do not yet know whether this will be possible or what requirements there may be at that time in terms of social distancing, limits on numbers in the venue, need to pre-book etc. If we are able to meet face-to-face then arrangements for attending the talk will hopefully be as similar as possible to those for our pre-COVID talks. We shall provide updates nearer the time here on our website https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/
If we cannot meet face-to-face we shall continue to deliver our talks via Zoom until we can safely return to the Cruck Barn.

Time: Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: £3 for Group members, £4 for non-members if at the Cruck Barn

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
12

FARMOOR RESERVOIR, OXFORD - Guided Walk

Location: Car park (£2/day) at SP 452 061, off B4017 Farmoor - Cumnor
Postcode: OX2 9NS (Google map)

This giant concrete bowl beside the Thames can hold scarce grebes, gulls, ducks or divers. Toilets and easy walking.

Leader: Jane Grisdale 07999-878689

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Wed
30

MARSTON VALE COUNTRY PARK, BEDS - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in car park (£3). From Marston Moretaine take Lidlington Rd and turn left to the centre at SP 999 411
Postcode: MK43 0PS (Google map)

Bedfordshire though small is a surprisingly varied county. Inspired by Richard Revels' recent talk, we will visit the ticket-only Wetlands Nature Reserve (£2.50/£1.75 concession) with old clay pits, reed beds, scrub, wet pasture and an impressive tower hide. Bearded tit, Marsh harrier, Barn and Short-eared owls recorded. Optional short extension to view Stewartby Lake - the area's largest. The Forest Centre has shop, cafe, toilets.

Leader: Jane Grisdale 07999-878689

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 1pm to 4:30pm (NB times!)

Price: Free event

Booking essential

April 2022

Sun
10

RUTLAND WATER - ANGLIAN WATER (EGLETON) BIRDWATCHING CENTRE - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in (free) car park at SK 877 072, signed off A6003 1 mile south of Oakham.
Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

England's premier inland water site. A huge variety of birds including passage waders and possible returning Osprey. Many hides, toilets, shop incl. books, bins and 'scopes (but snacks only so bring lunch). Most paths accessible: to book electric buggy phone 01572-770651. Entrance fee £6 (concession £5, groups £4.10).

Leader: Pete How 07946-884654 with Mark Baker

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 4pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Thu
14

THE NECTAR EATERS - Illustrated Talk

Location: Either at the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes - or via Zoom (see below for more details)
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

Speakers: Brian & Gina Lloyd

Hummingbirds are famous for having a symbiotic relationship with plants. However, there are several other bird families for whom nectar is a major food source. Some have a similar relationship with plants, whilst others do not. Some are colourful, all are interesting. Our Group Members Brian and Gina Lloyd will be looking at parallel evolution and the similarities and differences between the families. All with Gina's amazing photos.

HOW TO ATTEND THIS TALK
We hope to be able to return to face-to-face talks in our usual venue of the Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK1 9AP, from January 2022.
However, at the time of publishing this event (July 2021) we do not yet know whether this will be possible or what requirements there may be at that time in terms of social distancing, limits on numbers in the venue, need to pre-book etc. If we are able to meet face-to-face then arrangements for attending the talk will hopefully be as similar as possible to those for our pre-COVID talks. We shall provide updates nearer the time here on our website https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/
If we cannot meet face-to-face we shall continue to deliver our talks via Zoom until we can safely return to the Cruck Barn.

Time: Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: £3 for Group members, £4 for non-members if at the Cruck Barn

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Fri
22

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE FUN QUIZ NIGHT

Location: Wicken Sports Club, Church Lane, Wicken (just 15 minutes drive from Central Milton Keynes)
Postcode: MK19 6BU (Google map)

OUR QUIZ NIGHT IS BACK!

We've really missed being able to get together for a fun Quiz Night - so hopefully in April 2022 we'll be able to do another.
Teams of up to five people - bring your own team or come along and join with others when you arrive.
£4.50 per person - with a prize for every member of the winning team.
Extra spot round with an individual prize plus raffle.
Licenced bar + tea/coffee to purchase.
Please buy your drinks at the bar to help raise funds for this village sports and social club - if you take your own drinks there will be a corkage charge.
Please book in advance by Friday 15 April 2022. Book your places by e-mail to AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk or 'phone 07803 905958

Time: Doors open 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start

Price: £4.50 per person

Booking essential

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
27

LINFORD WOOD, MILTON KEYNES - Guided Walk

Location: Meet: on Breckland (road skirts NW edge of wood) near north entrance to wood. Park at kerb. SP 845 406
Postcode: MK14 6FG (Google map)

A short walk to enjoy birdsong, including migrant warblers, and the spring flora of this ancient wood stranded in Milton Keynes. Level, mostly hard paths, seats but no toilets.

Leader: Chris Coppock 07708-310402

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 12:30pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

May 2022

Sun
1

INTERNATIONAL DAWN CHORUS DAY, LINFORD LAKES, MILTON KEYNES - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in car park (free). Entrance signed off north side Newport Rd opposite drive to Black Horse pub. After 50m fork left and follow road 1/3 mile to centre. SP 843 429
Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

Hear spring birdsong at its best - away from roads! The wetland, woods and scrub are full of noisy songsters, and early morning is also good to see mammals. Most paths accessible to wheelchairs/buggies. Toilets may be available.

Leader: Chris Coppock 07708-310402 with Mark Baker

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 5:45am to 8am (NB times)

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Wed
11

WENDOVER WOODS (FOR FIRECREST) AND WILSTONE RESERVOIR - Guided Walk

Location: For Wendover: Park on north side of minor road Wendover-The Hale, SP 889 074

For Wilstone Reservoir: Meet in car park (free) under reservoir dam off B489 Marsworth-Aston Clinton, SP 904 135
Space limited - car-share if possible.
Postcode: HP22 6QR (Google map)

Breeding Firecrests are a Chilterns specialty. Despite intensive public use, this is their best-known site with around ten pairs present.
After an hour or so we will continue to Wilstone Reservoir (c.6 miles - maps and directions provided). Wilstone is the biggest and best of four canal reservoirs, with a history of rarities. No toilets but farm shop/cafe nearby. Sadly, unsuitable for wheelchairs or those with limited mobility.

Leader: Chris Coppock 07708-310402

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 3:30pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Thu
12

LOCAL BUTTERFLIES - Illustrated Talk & OUR 2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Location: Either at the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes - or via Zoom (see below for more details)
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

Speaker: Nick Bowles, Butterfly Conservation

Making a return visit to our Group, Nick says he has been fascinated and bewitched by butterflies since childhood and retirement has allowed him more time to help with their conservation.
His talk will look at local butterflies to help with identification and to describe why some are rare and others more frequently encountered. He will also look at local recording work.
Nick writes about UK butterflies for British Wildlife Magazine and helps run the Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation.
Please note that this illustrated talk will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting.


HOW TO ATTEND THIS TALK
We hope to be able to return to face-to-face talks in our usual venue of the Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, MK1 9AP, from January 2022.
However, at the time of publishing this event (July 2021) we do not yet know whether this will be possible or what requirements there may be at that time in terms of social distancing, limits on numbers in the venue, need to pre-book etc. If we are able to meet face-to-face then arrangements for attending the talk will hopefully be as similar as possible to those for our pre-COVID talks. We shall provide updates nearer the time here on our website https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks/
If we cannot meet face-to-face we shall continue to deliver our talks via Zoom until we can safely return to the Cruck Barn.

Time: Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: £3 for Group members, £4 for non-members if at the Cruck Barn

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
25

LITTLE LINFORD WOOD - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in car park (free, but small - car-share if possible) SP 834 455. Entrance is private farm road leaving Lt Linford-Gayhurst road (north side) at SP 850 458. After mile pass under M1. Continue past Dairy Fm (look out for dogs!) then wood is straight ahead.
Postcode: MK16 8LU (Google map)

As well as woodland birds, this ancient wood and BBOWT reserve has attractive flowery rides and we may see some early butterflies. Paths uneven and no toilets.

Leader: Keith Gander, 07799-504313

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

June 2022

Wed
8

RSPB OTMOOR (OXON) AND GALLOWS BRIDGE FARM (BUCKS) - Guided Walk

Location: Meet in car park, SP 570 126 (RSPB members free - bring your card - others £2)--but small so car-share if possible and don't park on lane). From Abingdon Arms pub, Beckley (OX3 9TD), take Otmoor Lane for 1 mile and past firing range.

Then (optionally) to Gallows Bridge Farm, signed off minor road linking A41 to Grendon Underwood, SP 671 199

Our donations have helped the RSPB restore from intensive farming this huge former wetland. Possible are Cranes, Hobby, Turtle dove, Curlew, Marsh harrier, Bittern and many dragonflies. Three hides but no toilets. Level but lengthy walking.

Optional return stop at BBOWT Gallows Bridge Farm for breeding Curlew, etc.

Leader: Mike Bird, 07510-320661

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 2:30pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

Sat
25

WHIPSNADE AND DUNSTABLE DOWNS, BEDS - Guided Walk

Location: Meet at Chiltern Gateway visitor centre off B4541 one mile south of Dunstable: TL 007 198. Cafe, shop and toilets. Parking £3.50/day (NT members free).
Postcode: LU6 2GY (Google map)

Another tie-in with Richard Revels' talk on Bedfordshire, and also with Nick Bowles' 12 May talk on butterflies. This chalk downland has both flowers and butterflies, as well as warblers and other scrub birds. Great views, too, from one of SE England's highest points. Steep slopes are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.

Leader: Pete How, 07946-884654

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential

July 2022

Wed
20

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - COME AND TRY IT! COLLEGE LAKE WILDLIFE CENTRE, near TRING, HERTS

Location: Meet in car park (£4 suggested donation) signed off B488 1/4 mile north of canal bridge, Bulbourne. SP 936 138
Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

Here's your chance to try wildlife photography - even if you're a complete beginner and your only camera is your phone! If birds seem too challenging, College Lake has plenty of flowers and insects, and 17-25 July is National Dragonfly Week! Visitor centre, toilets and cafe at this flagship BBOWT reserve.

Leader: Paul Young, 07973-431602

GUIDED WALKS AND COVID-19
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of walks, says:

"We don't know how Covid may evolve: at best all precautions could be dropped; at worst all walks could again be cancelled.
With Covid at moderate levels we must limit numbers, require advance booking and collect your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace: these will be deleted after 21 days. Bring hand-sanitiser, tissues and a mask, observe social distancing and avoid sharing optical equipment.
Changes will be posted on our web page https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/northbucks so keep an eye on this. We will try to contact you if a walk you've booked on is cancelled. Please only 'phone the leader for on-the-day emergencies or if the weather is very poor.
If booking is required we will use Eventbrite, the simple online platform. We will post the Eventbrite links for each month's walks on the above web page by the 15th of the month before. Do not go directly to eventbrite.co.uk as walks are "private" so not listed there. Booking closes at 18.00 the night before the walk.
The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have been "pinged", tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.
Those coming on walks should wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s), but no dogs unless stated."

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Booking essential