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.

  • Sunday 24th June 2011
    Margam Discovery Centre, Margam Park, Port Talbot
    Event:

    Introduction to Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Ian Smith

    This course introduces you to dragonflies, butterflies and moths, their life histories and how to observe, capture and identify them without harming them.  We shall visit some nearby species-rich nature reserve sites to observe the day-flying species.  In the evenings we will set live traps and lures around Margam to reveal the unseen diversity and abundance of moths.  The course will also introduce ways to continue your interest and conservation of these insects near to home or within your own garden.

  • Saturday 25th June 2011
    Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve, Suffolk
    Event:

    A Walk led by Dr Pam Taylor to identify a broad range of dragonfly species and other wildlife on this relatively new RSPB reserve. To link with the national atlas project, an introduction to dragonfly recording will be included.

    Contact:

    Bookings via RSPB - Tel: 01842 863400

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    Meet:

    10.30am at Lakenheath Fen Visitors Centre (TL722864), finishing at approx 1.00pm. The RSPB reserve is 2 miles north of Lakenheath village between the river and the railway. For further directions see http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/lakenheathfen/directions.asp

    Requirements:

    Booking via RSPB essential. Numbers strictly limited.
    The RSPB will be charging a small fee for this event: £4 adults, £2 children, half price for RSPB members.

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  • Sunday 26th June 2011
    Morton Castle, Dumfries
    Event:

    Castles & Dragons

    Contact:

    Buccleuch Ranger Service 01848 331555, or visit www.drumlanrig.com

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    Morton Castle

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    2pm - 4pm.  A guided walk around Morton Castle and its Loch to learn about the abundant dragonflies and the Castle history.  Booking essential.  £3 per person

  • Sat 1st July - Mon 3rd July 2011
    Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk
    Event:

    Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies course

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Steve Cham

    This course introduces the identification, life history, behaviour and conservation of these beautiful and fascinating insects.  Adults and nymphs may be netted for examination then released unharmed.  It is designed for countryside professionals, amateur naturalists and teachers.

    Full details

  • Saturday 2nd July 2011
    Clophill, Bedfordshire
    Event:

    Explore the Sandy Smith NR, Clophill, mainly for butterflies and dragonflies with BNHS Recorders. Joint meeting with Greensand Trust Passport 2011.

    Leader: Peter Glenister and BNHS Recorders

    Contact:

     

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

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    Meet:

    From A507 turn into Clophill Road, then right into the lane, park and meet on track at TL109387, at 10.30am.

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  • Saturday 2nd July 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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    Meet:

    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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  • Sunday 3rd July 2011
    Pippingford Park, Sussex
    Event:

    The habitat comprises wooded lakes with adjacent open heath with pools for local acid loving species such as Small Red Damselfly and Keeled Skimmer. The lakes are a stronghold for Brilliant Emerald which should be holding territory and with others emerging. Last year’s visit to this site produced 15 species.

    Contact:

    David Chelmick

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    Meet:

    10:30 at lay-by on A22 (TQ 437302) we will then drive in convoy through private land to the Park

    Requirements:

    Lunch, binoculars, camera. Walking poles maybe helpful as the heath is very uneven. Total walking 3.0 km

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  • Sunday 3rd July 2011
    Yorkshire Museum & Gardens, York
    Event:

    RES Insect Festival 2011

    Contact:

    Luke Tilley - luke.tilley@york.ac.uk (General enquiries and activities)
    Julie North - julie.north@hse.gsi.gov.uk (Exhibitor enquiries)
    Gordon Port - gordon.port@newcastle.ac.uk (Press enquiries)

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    Given the huge success of the first Royal Entomological Society Insect Festival in 2009 we are repeating the event in 2011. This year the event will be bigger and better, with even more exhibits and activities for the public to enjoy.  The aim of Insect Festival is to raise public awareness of insects and entomology, a great opportunity to discover the fascinating world of insects.

    There will be a wide range of exhibits and activities, including:

    Live insect displays (bees, hoverflies, aquatic insects and more)
    CSI: Crime Scene Insects
    Minibeast hunts around the Museum Gardens with experienced entomologists
    National and regional natural history societies
    The National Insect Week award-winning photographic display
    Entomology book and equipment sellers
    A Chance to build your own insect home for your garden
    Face painting, creepy-crawly cupcakes, insect art and much much more.....

  • Sunday 3rd July 2011
    Grimston Village Hall and NWT Roydon Common, Norfolk
    Event:

    Dragonflies for Beginners workshop with Dr Pam Taylor

    Contact:

    Booking essential via Norfolk Wildlife Trust – Tel 01603 598333

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    Requirements:

    Please bring wellies or boots, insect repellent if required and a packed lunch.

    Additional Info:

    An indoor session on general identification, behaviour and life cycles will be followed by an afternoon in the field, weather permitting. Alternative activities may be possible in poor weather. Workshop is free. Grimston Village Hall. Full details will be available when booking. The course will start at 10.30am and run until approximately 3.30pm.

  • Monday 4th July 2011
    Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk
    Event:

    Dragonflies and Damselflies in Eastern England

    Contact:

    Field Studies Council Tel: 0845 3454071 (Local rate phone call - UK only) or 01743 852100

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    Tutor: Steve Cham

    This new day course introduces the dragonfly and damselfly species typically found in Eastern England and also looks at the more recent colonists and possible new arrivals.  A short field excursion will complement the presentations on identification and natural history.  The course fee includes a home-made lunch.

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