Programme of Events

Picture of a fly orchid
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

March 2017
Sunday 26th March
10:30am. Walk at Bromham Mill for signs of early spring wildlife. Meet at Bromham Mill cafe TL010507, MK43 8LP. Leader: TBC (F) MAP
Tuesday 28th March
8pm. BBC talk 'Making your records count' by Nick Moran, BTO, organiser of BirdTrack. The system expounded and your questions answered. (B) MAP
April 2017
Sunday 2nd April
Marston Moretaine
8am. BBC walk in Marston Vale Millennium CP for early migrants and resident species. Meet in car park, TL004417. Entrance fee 2.50 for non-permit holders. Leader: Bob Hook. (B) MAP
Tuesday 18th April
8pm. Talk 'Dr Martin Lister (1639-1712), pioneer conchologist' by Peter Topley, Honorary President of the Conchological Society. This talk will relate the fascinating story of Martin Lister, the first 'modern' conchologist and arachnologist, Vice-President of the Royal Society, friend of John Ray and collaborator of Isaac Newton. It will also tell of the family production of his magnum opus, the Historiae Conchyliorum, featuring just under one thousand engravings of shells. MAP
Sunday 23rd April
8am. BBC walk in the morning over Pegsdon Hills for spring migrants. Park and meet in car park of Live and Let Live Inn, Pegsdon, TL121303. Leader: Jon Palmer. (B) MAP
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
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