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 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.

February 2019
Tuesday 26th February
8pm (B) BBC Talk “Blakeney Point is probably the most exciting venue in Norfolk to bird watch during Spring and Autumn, plus breeding terns in Summer.” Paul Laurie has been studying and photographing birds for 46 years the last 20 at Blakeney, where every autumn, thousands of birds pass through the point as they undertake their often challenging southward migration. Maulden Village Hall, TL048380, MK45 2DP MAP
March 2019
Sunday 3rd March
8:30am (B) BBC morning walk joint with BNHS around Priory Country Park, including Meadow Lane for mainly resident and wintering birds. Meet outside the visitors’ centre, TL072494.
Leader: Peter Marshall MAP
Tuesday 19th March
7:30pm BNHS AGM and RECORDERS SHOW After a short AGM, the Officers and Recorders will present their annual reports. A wonderful way to find out about the up, downs and new arrivals of wildlife in our county. Also hints about what might be coming our way. There are some truly excellent presentations despite each recorder being limited to 5 minutes in order to have time for everyone to present. NOTE START TIME. Maulden Village Hall, TL048380, MK45 2DP MAP
Tuesday 26th March
8pm (B) BBC Talk Join us for a thought provoking evening as our speakers, Dr Rob Lambert and Lucy McRobert ask ‘What have Ospreys ever done for us?’. Maulden Village Hall, TL048380, MK45 2DP MAP
Wednesday 27th March
10:30am Visit Greatmoor Energy from Waste facility. The Visitor Centre is designed to promote and inform visitors about benefits of using waste to produce renewable energy as well as educating about waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Must be able to manage narrow walkways, some on metal grating, including some at height. Long trousers and long sleeves must be worn. Booking essential and places limited. Please contact Sheila Brooke 01525 873396 for further information.
April 2019
Sunday 14th April
8am (B) BBC morning walk joint with BNHS over Pegsdon Hills for spring migrants. Park and meet in car park of Live and Let Live Inn, Pegsdon, TL121303.
Leader: Jon Palmer. MAP
Tuesday 16th April
8pm Talk “Roots of Rockingham: Life between the trees” by Susannah O'Riordan from Butterfly Conservation and Rockingham Forest Project Officer. Hear about the work going on in woodlands across Rockingham Forest to improve them for a number of threatened species and creating the perfect conditions for the reintroduction of the Chequered Skipper as one of the “Back from the Brink Projects”. Maulden Village Hall, TL048380, MK45 2DP MAP
Sunday 28th April
7am (B) BBC early morning birding joint with BNHS around Broom Gravel Pits for spring migrants. Park and meet at end of Kings Road, off High Street, Broom, TL172433.
Leader: Stefan Baltruschat. MAP