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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 especially YounGnats. Children 16 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
(L) = Bring food to meetings marked thus. Lunch will be eaten at car parking 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.
O.S. Explorer 193 & 208 cover all but a few outlying areas of the county at a larger scale.

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

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

Visitors are always welcome.

June 2019
Sunday 2nd June
10:30am Bioblitz and mini green fair at Rushmere Country Park Join us for a family-fun day of nature activities and guided walks, exploring the rare heathland habitats and the wildlife who live there, including a tour of the new Heathland Sculpture Trail. See the BNHS displays and take part in our quizzes.
Especially suitable for young families and BNHS YounGnats or bring your grandchildren.
Park in the Rushmere car park, SP912284, LU7 0EB £3.00 on exit. Café on site.
Leader: Julia Powell MAP
Wednesday 5th June
7pm Evening walk in Bedford Park and Cemetery to view the many mature and interesting trees.
Park in the Foster Hill Road car park TL048508, MK41 7TB
Leader: David Alderman MAP
Saturday 8th June
11am (F) Walk joint with Milton Keynes Natural History Society at Totternhoe Knolls for orchids, (Man and possibly Frog or Musk orchids), butterflies, Duke of Burgundy, Small Blue, Dingy and Grizzled Skippers and other chalk downland wildlife.
Meet in the NT Trust car park, SP986217, LU6 1QG.
Bring lunch if you want to stay on although the Cross keys is not far away.
Leaders: Matt Andrews and Wilf Powell MAP
Wednesday 12th June
7pm BBC evening walk joint with BNHS around Sandy Smith Nature Reserve Clophill looking for resident birds and other wildlife.
Park and meet at the entrance gate to the reserve TL109387
Leaders: Peter Smith, Stefan Baltruschat and SueRaven MAP
Sunday 23rd June
10:30am (F) (L) Dragonflies and other wildlife at Felmersham gravel pits This meeting will focus on finding and identifying the range of dragonfly species including rarities such as Variable Damselfly and Scarce Chaser. Norfolk Hawker and Downy Emerald were seen here in 2018 and we hope to re-find them. The various habitat types will be visited to show the diversity and differences in species' composition across the site.
Meet at Felmersham NR car park SP987583, MK44 1JW
Bring a packed lunch if you want to stay on.
Leader: Steve Cham MAP
Saturday 29th June
10am (F) (L) Visit Flitwick Moor SSSI for the Invertebrate Day joint meeting with Flit Vale Wildlife Trust Local Group and BIG, recording invertebrates and other wildlife.
Meet in car park at end of Folly Lane, off Maulden Road by Folly Farm, TL04583540, MK45 5BZ
Leader: Colin Carpenter MAP
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July 2019
Sunday 14th July
9am BBC Day trip to the Great Fen, Cambridgeshire, joint with BNHS, for local breeding birds, dragonflies and butterflies.
Meet in the car park at the end of Chapel Rd, Ramsey, Huntingdon, TL245847, PE26 2RS
Leader: Pete Marshall MAP
Wednesday 24th July
10am (F) (L) Visit Swiss Garden for their Bug Hunt, a joint meeting with BIG. Walks through the grounds, insect recording activities and nature table display.
Please book with Alan Outen.
Entrance fee is waived for members entering with the group at 10:00 prompt.
Meet in car park, TL150448, SG18 9EP. Café on site.
Leader: Alan Outen MAP
Sunday 28th July
10am (F) (L) River Lea Bioblitz joint with BIG, to record wildlife on the River Lea, Leagrave Marsh and Waulud's Bank. The site is a mosaic of open fen and wet woodland, formerly a SSSI, including the source of the River Lea, with relics of calcareous grassland, elm woodland, old hedgerows and the open grasslands of the Waulud's Bank ancient earthwork, which include a population of great pignut. There are areas of Victorian beech plantation with white helleborine in good numbers.
Meet in Sundon Park Road car park TL05672462, LU3 3AA (approx.).
Bring packed lunch if you are staying on.
Leader: Trevor Tween MAP
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August 2019
Friday 9th August
7pm BBC Visit to Dunstable Sewage Treatment Works for a variety of wetland species.
Meet in Birdwatchers' car park, off Thorn Road via A5, TL00212460
Leader: Peter Marshall MAP
Monday 12th August
10:30am (F) Walk on Blows Downs for the chalk grassland slopes with their abundant flora and Chalkhill Blue butterflies as well as visiting the new extensions to the County Wildlife Sites at The Paddocks and The Hayfield.
Park at the end of Half Moon Lane with care, TL02972150, LU5 4AB
Leader: Esther Clarke MAP
Wednesday 21st August
10:30am (F) Visit to Wadelows Nature Reserve, a private Nature Reserve behind Poplars Garden Centre. It is adjacent to the River Flit and the mixed habitat will allow a good range of wildlife to be recorded.
Meet in the car park TL023302, LU5 6HE
Leader: John Pitts MAP
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September 2019
Sunday 1st September
10am Gall Workshop - please contact Alan Outen for details and to book your place. MAP
Sunday 1st September
8am BBC morning birding around Brogborough former landfill area and other nearby sites, joint with BNHS, for late summer visitors and possible passage migrants.
Meet in Marston Thrift LN Reserve car park, Wood End near Marston Moretaine, SP973411, MK43 0NZ
Leader: Steve Blain MAP
Monday 2nd September
10:30am (F) (L)Pond dipping at Harrold-Odell Country Park There will also be quizzes, the nature table and a photographic display.
Meet at the visitor centre car park, SP956566, MK43 7DS.
Café on site.
Leader: Sheila Brooke MAP
Saturday 7th September
9:30am (F) Visit Duck End NR for Small Mammal Trapping (mice, voles and shrews). We have had a Harvest Mouse at the last two meetings there and we are hoping for Water Shrew.
Limited parking at the site in Moor Lane, Maulden, TL051374, MK45 2DJ
Leader: Sue Raven MAP
Tuesday 17th September
8pm Talk "Introduction to the GCLP" by Claire Poulton, Landscape Partnership Manager for the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership. Greensand Country is defined by the Greensand Ridge and reaches over three neighbouring counties. The area contains all of Bedfordshire's remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland and more historic parkland than anywhere else in the country. Our '2020 Vision' is for the Greensand Country to be a living and working landscape cherished by present and future generations. This presentation will update BNHS members on the GCLP's achievements and future plans.
Maulden Village Hall, TL048380, MK45 2DP MAP
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