Programme of Events

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This programme forms part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Action Plan to increase involvement in the study and conservation of our wealth of wildlife. For more information about biodiversity in Bedfordshire, follow this link... Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Action Plan

FIELD MEETINGS: Bring stout footwear and suitable clothing to all field meetings

In bad weather, the leaders may cancel the event if conditions are unsuitable. Please check early on the day.

(B) = Indicates meetings organised in conjunction with our ornithological section, the Bedfordshire Bird Club.
(F) = Particularly suitable for families and young people
(L) = Bring food to meetings marked thus. Lunch will be eaten at car park area. If joining the meeting for the afternoon arrive by 1.45pm.

REGRETTABLY NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED and children under 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Unfortunately, some field trips will not be suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Please contact the leader in advance if you have any concerns about accessibility.

MAPS: O.S. Landranger 152, 153, 165 & 166 cover Bedfordshire.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The BNHS thanks all who have kindly given permission to hold field outings and to visit their properties.

Visitors are always welcome. A small charge is requested for refreshments at the talks and possibly on other occasions too. Donations are always welcome

April 2017
Thursday 27th April
7pm. Walk in Flitwick Manor Park, one of the earliest examples of the planting of an arboretum in Britain, started in 1819 by John Thomas Brooks. A number of his original trees survive in the publicly accessible pinetum, along with others planted up until1858. These include some of the oldest known plantings outside their natural habitat. Limited parking in local streets. Meet at site entrance TL 03233425, MK45 1HU. Leader: David Alderman. (F) MAP
Sunday 30th April
7am. BBC walk around Broom Gravel Pits for spring migrants. Park and meet at end of Kings Road, off High Street, Broom, TL172433. Leader: John Tomlin. (B) MAP
May 2017
Saturday 6th May
2pm-4pm (F) Visit Flitton Moor to do some pond dipping and explore the nature trail. Meet at the barn at the end of Brook Lane, TL057360, MK45 5EJ where there is a small car park. Leader: David Sedgley MAP
Sunday 7th May
Maulden Wood
4:15am. BBC Annual Dawn Chorus in Maulden Wood. Meet in lay-by at top of Deadman's Hill on A6, TL072394. Hot fried breakfast to follow at 7am, price 3.00. Please order 7 days in advance with John Adams on 01234 381532. Leader: Pete Marshall. (B) MAP
Sunday 14th May
10:30am-1pm (F) Walk along Luton?s underrated river corridor to look at the habitats and species of the Upper Lea, with the chance of spotting water vole, kingfisher, spring flowers and much more. Free parking at Wardown Museum, TL088229, LU2 7HA or TL089228, LU2 7HW, beside the bowling green. Meet in the car park at front of museum. Leader: Trevor Tween MAP
Sunday 21st May
11am (F) Visit Whipsnade Downs for the Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers for a joint meeting with Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire Butterfly Conservation. Meet in the Bison Hill car park, SP999184, LU6 2LA. Leader: Greg Herbert MAP
Thursday 25th May
St Neots
7pm (B) Walk around Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Near St Neots, Cambs for breeding species especially Nightingales. Meet in reserve car park, TL197629, PE19 6ET. Leader: Richard Bashford. MAP
June 2017
Thursday 8th June
10:30am (F) Visit Totternhoe Knolls for chalk downland flowers and other wildlife. Meet in the NT car park, SP986217, LU6 1QG. Leader: Graham Bellamy. MAP
Wednesday 14th June
7-9pm (F) Visit Duck End NR for the abundant wildlife at this small, varied reserve. Limited parking at the site in Moor Lane, Maulden, TL051374, MK45 2DJ. Leader: David Withers. MAP
Saturday 24th June
10am-4pm (F) (L) Visit Flitwick Moor SSSI for the Invertebrate Day joint meeting with Flit Vale Wildlife Trust Local Group, recording invertebrates and other wildlife. Meet in car park at end of Folly Lane, off Maulden Road by Folly Farm, TL045354, MK45 5BW. Leader: Colin Carpenter. MAP
Sunday 25th June
8am (B) Walk around RSPB Sandy Lodge Reserve for a variety of birds. Meet in the gatehouse car park, TL191485, SG19 2DL. Leader: Graham Goodall. MAP
July 2017
Sunday 9th July
9am (B) Joint Day Trip to Thursley Common NNR, Surrey for heathland species plus some excellent dragonflies and butterflies. Meet in reserve car park, SU900417, on B3001 south of Elstead. Leader: Pete Marshall MAP
Thursday 20th July
10:30am (F) Walk on Sharpenhoe Clappers for summer butterflies especially Dark Green Fritillary and other wildlife. Meet in Sharpenhoe Clappers car park, TL065295, MK45 4SH.Leader: Wilf Powell. MAP
Thursday 27th July
10:30am (F) Walk at The Lodge, RSPB headquarters looking at different stages of heathland restoration and the wildlife it supports. Meet in the car park (free for RSPB members), TL191485, SG19 2DL. Leader: Betty Cooke MAP
August 2017
Wednesday 9th August
Eaton Bray
10:30am Visit Bellows Mill for dragonflies and other invertebrates around the pond and in the field. Follow Bellows Mill Lane to the end where you will see the old mill house in front of you. Carry on round to the right past the short-let chalets and into the field by the lake to a crushed stone car park, SP980196, LU6 1QZ. Leader: Rory Morrisey MAP
Wednesday 9th August
7pm (B) Visit Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works for a variety of wetland species. Meet in Birdwatcher?s car park, off Thorn Road, TL004242.Leader Rob Dazley, Hon Warden MAP
Sunday 13th August
Heath & Reach
11am-4pm (F) Rushmere Summer Fair. Visit the BNHS stand to see the Nature Table, photographic displays and quizzes. Park in the Rushmere car park, SP912284, LU7 0EB. Parking 2.00. Leader: Julia Powell MAP
Sunday 13th August
10:30am-4pm (F) Bioblitz in Clifton churchyard and vicarage garden. The nature table will also be present. Those attending will start recording and finding things from 10:30am so there will be something to show to interested members of the congregation when they come out of the service. Parishioners and others will be welcome anytime up to the finish at 4pm. There will be an opportunity to try out techniques such as beating, sweeping, sieving and bark brushing. If there is sufficient interest either Peter or me will lead small groups around the churchyard to show them what we can find. The area covered may be extended around the village to the hedgerows etc. along Stanford Lane, the River Ivel including the old Navigation canal and Clifton Bury. A species list will be compiled (and made available to the church) in addition to the 230 species already recorde by Alan Outen. Meet in the church yard, TL166392, SG17 5EL. Leaders: Peter Topley and Alan Outen MAP
Wednesday 16th August
10am (F) Visit Swiss Garden for their Invertebrate Walk Day, a joint meeting with the Bedfordshire Invertebrate Group (BIG). Walks through the grounds, insect recording activities and nature table display. Please book with Alan Outen to reserve your place: 01462 811374. Entrance fee will be waived for members that enter with the group at 10:00 prompt. Meet in car park, TL150448, SG18 9EP.Leader: Alan Outen. MAP
Wednesday 23rd August
10:30am (F) (L) Walk around Harrold-Odell Country Park. You can picnic in the outdoor classroom but the caf? gets extremely busy. Book a table or a takeaway before you arrive. Direct line 01234 721525. Meet at the visitor centre car park entrance, SP956566, MK43 7DS. Leaders: Janet Munro and Sheila Brooke MAP
September 2017
Saturday 2nd September
10:30am (F) Walk in Ashridge Commons and Woods SSSI looking at the landscape changes, commons and chalk grasslands. Meet outside the Brownlow cafe, SP970130, HP4 1LX.Leader: Sheila Brooke MAP
Saturday 9th September
9:30am-12 noon (F) Visit Duck End NR for Small Mammal Trapping (mice, voles and shrews). Limited parking at the site in Moor Lane, Maulden, TL051374, MK45 2DJ. Leader: Mick McCarrick MAP
Tuesday 19th September
8pm Talk Are Latin Names a Joke? by Alan Outen, a long standing and enthusiastic BNHS member and a mine of information about all aspects of natural history. He will be giving us a look at some of the humour that has been incorporated into scientific nomenclature from Linnaeus to the present day. Hopefully fun rather than intimidating. MAP