Previous Events

This is the diary of previous special events, courses, field trips and holidays.

The background colour of the date is used to show different types of meeting. Green is used for BDS and BDS Local Group organised field meetings and events, Blue where the BDS will have a stand or speaker(s), but is not responsible for the event itself (please follow any given links for further details) and Yellow for other dragonfly events. These last are listed for information only, using information as it was provided to us. The BDS is not directly involved in these events and therefore all details are solely under the control of the individual event organisers. We suggest you contact these organisers direct or follow the given links to confirm details.

  • July 9th to July 16th 2011
    Palude di San Genuario (VC), Italy
    Event:

    SKUA Nature is proposing a new Summer School entitled Biology, conservation and identification of Dragonflies included in our international project Western Palearctic Professional Nature Schools.

    The Summer School is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the fascinating world of dragonflies at the Parco Fluviale del Po e dell’Orba (Italy) from July 9th to July 16th 2011. The course base is the Palude di San Genuario (VC), Natura 2000 Site, a territory rich in biodiversity, characterised by the presence of several artificial and natural wetland areas. It's one of the best italian spot for dragonflies and it's also inhabited by many interesting species of birds, amphibians and reptiles. This Natural Reserve will hold the first italian Dragonfly Centre!

    An intensive and practical training course, with the aim of presenting the conservation issues concerning Odonata at a European level, using Italy, one of the few Countries with the highest number of dragonflies species, as a case study, and facing theoretically and practically the use of these insects for the evaluation of environmental changes.

    Main topics:• Ecology and distribution of European dragonflies

    • Identification and monitoring techniques
    • Management and conservation strategies – threats analysis
    and case study
    • Map interpretation
    • Specimen preservation for scientific studies

    Lectures, fieldworks and excursions will be held by internationally known experts on dragonfly.

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    A discount on the participation costs will be dedicated to SKUA Card owners and students under 26.

    To receive the DETAILED PROGRAMME please contact us at: pns.skua@gmail.com

    There is a limited number of places available, and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Saturday 11th June 2011
    Wicken Fen National Trust nature reserve, Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambs
    Event:

    Dragonfly Day with the Dragonfly Partnership

    Contact:

    National Trust, Wicken Fen Tel: 01353 720274

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    Lots of activities on offer from the BDS, Dragonfly Project and National Trust throughout the day including walks, larva feeding demonstrations, making model dragonflies, pond dipping and lots more.
    Join us from 10.00am onwards in the Dragonfly Centre and out on the reserve.  Normal charges apply for the car park and reserve (non-NT members). Activities are free.

  • Saturday 11th June 2011
    Rodley Nature Reserve, Rodley, Leeds
    Event:

    Celebrate the start of National Dragonfly Week and the Rodley NR Springwatch event

    Contact:

    Tom Hubball Tel: 01535 678334 after 6pm

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    Rodley Nature Reserve Car Park GR: SE227361 10am. Turn off A657 Rodley Town Street, next to Barker's factory. Cross the swing bridge, go through the gates and the car park is on the left.

    Requirements:

    Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Light refreshments are available at Reserve Visitor Centre.

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    See how the specially constructed dragonfly pools have matured over the past couple of years and find out which species have colonised them.

  • Wednesday 15th June 2011
    Westmoor near Muchelney, South Somerset, Ponds owned by Richard England & John Leach
    Event:

    To examine the diversity of habitats provided by Richard’s commercial fishing ponds, John’s very different conservation pond and the rhynes of Westmoor. Important species include Coenagrion pulchellum, Brachytron pratense, Libellula fulva and Sympetrum sanguineum.

    Contact:

    Mike Parr, 01460 241960

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    10.30am at the England’s entrance to their Camping & Caravan Park and Fishing Lakes; MR: ST 429 232 (at Thorney) (TA10 0DW). There is ample parking and toilet 400m away at the ponds.

    Requirements:

    Please PRE-BOOK as numbers will be limited to15. Leave your contact number when booking. Wellies/walking boots, binocs, camera, net, etc. Identification guides. Dogs welcome on lead. Total walking distance approx. 4-5km.

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  • Thursday 16th June 2011
    Colney Woodland Burial Park, Norfolk
    Event:

    Dragonflies and other wildlife

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    Full details (no longer available)

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    Starts at 6.00 pm.  Talk about wetland habitats, dragonflies and other wildlife, from delicate damselflies to majestic red deer stags.  Tickets cost £5.00 per person including refreshments.

  • Saturday 18th June 2011
    Mere Sands Wood visitors' centre, near Rufford, Lancashire
    Event:

    Dr. Phil Smith will be giving his annual talk and walk around the reserve, identifying dragonflies. Organized by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

    Contact:

    Dr. Phil Smith (01704 821809)

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    1 to 3 p.m. at the visitor centre.

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    Booking Essential

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  • Saturday18th & Sunday19th June 2011
    Bristol Harbourside
    Event:

    Bristol Festival of Nature

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    The biggest event of its kind in the UK, this festival gives wildlife enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to explore, enjoy and get close to the natural world – all free of charge.

    Explore the ‘What’s On’ pages of this website to find out about the activities, workshops, talks and entertainment that will be happening across the weekend.

  • Saturday 18th June 2011
    Countess Wear and Exminster Marshes, Devon
    Event:

    An introduction to the dragonflies and damselflies of still and flowing waters

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (01626 853393)

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    10.00 a.m. in the rowing club car park at SX941894 (turn left off the A379 westbound, immediately before the swing bridge) moving to Exminster Marshes (SX 950880) for lunch.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch if staying for the afternoon.  Binoculars will be helpful.

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    Chances of seeing Red-eyed Damselfly, White-legged Damselfly and Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer and hopefully Scarce Chasers.  Finish by 4 p.m.

  • Sunday 19th June 2011
    Thursley Common NNR, Surrey
    Event:

    Thursley Common NNR, Surrey for heathland birds and a good variety of dragonflies.

     

    Leaders: Pete Soper for birds with Karen and David Anderson, County Dragonfly Recorders  

     

    Contact:

     

    David Anderson via http://Dragonflies@BNHS.org.uk

     

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    Meet in reserve car park, SU900417 (map 186), on B3001, south of Elstead at 9.00am.

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  • Sunday 19th June 2011
    Oakhill, Goole
    Event:

    A joint field trip with Friends of Oakhill and Goole and District Natural History Society.

    Contact:

    Tom Hubball Tel: 01535 678334 after 6pm

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    Meet:

    Oakhill Car Park GR: SE728231 10.30am. Leave M62 at Junction 36, towards Goole on A614, take second road on right and proceed through 'no entry' signs to car park

    Requirements:

    Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  Bring packed lunch.

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