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 14th August 2011
    Braunton Burrows, North Devon
    Event:

    A joint Devon Group/Devonshire Association meeting to see Ruddy Darter and other species associated with the dune ponds

    Contact:

    John Breeds 01271 812552

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:30am at Sandy Lane car park (SS463350). From Barnstaple, turn left off the A361 in Braunton at the traffic lights onto the B2321; then turn left at staggered crossroads, following the signs to Braunton Burrows. A car parking charge may apply. The meeting will end by 4:00 p.m.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch.

    Additional Info:
  • Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August 2011
    Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water
    Event:

    The British Birdwatching Fair

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Come and visit us on the joint British Dragonfly Society and Dragonfly Project stand at this hugely popular event.  You will need a whole day, if not more, to visit all the marquees. Various wildlife talks and other events take place on site throughout the entire weekend.  For more details please see the official Birdfair website.

  • Saturday 20th August 2011
    Alton Water, Lemons Hill, Tattingstone, Suffolk
    Event:

    Targeting the Willow Emerald which was here in large numbers and showing breeding behaviour in 2010

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) Only on the day of the event: 07980064079

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.45 for 11am at the Lemons Hill Bridge car park, TM136377. For map go to: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk  meetings page.

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch

    Additional Info:

    If time permits a further site will be visited in the area. The meeting will provide an opportunity to become familiar with this novel species.  Alton Water is conveniently positioned for access from Central England using the A14.

  • Wednesday 24th August 2011
    Bromham and Felmersham NR’s, Bedfordshire
    Event:

     

    Morning walk around Bromham Lake LNR for water boatmen, insects and possible Wasp Spider.

    Afternoon walk around Felmersham NR for dragonflies and low growing plants after the recent clearance.

    Leaders: Peter Almond and Tony Smith

     

    Contact:

     

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

     

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    Meet:

     

    Morning: Meet and park at the reserve car park towards the end of Lower Farm Road, Bromham (off Oakley Road), TL025517, at 10.30am.

    Afternoon: Park in the reserve car park on the road north of Felmersham towards Sharnbrook, SP987583, at 1.45pm.  

     

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 11th September 2011
    Marton near Macclesfield
    Event:

    Wildlife and Outdoor World Extravaganza 2011

    Contact:

    Macclesfield RSPB Group

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Marton Heath Trout Pools, Pikelow Farm, School Lane, Marton, Nr Macclesfield, SK11 9HD

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    10.00 - 17:00

    Adults: £4 Under 16s: £2 Children under 5 years: FREE

  • Sun 2nd October - Wed 5th October 2011
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Event:

    The Sixth International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science

    Contact:

    Chantaire Collins

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    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    This is the first of the series to be held outside of the USA. Previous Symposia, organized by the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science, have been met with great enthusiasm. By holding this in Amsterdam, in collaboration with Elsevier, it is hoped that the meeting will be even more accessible to scientists and their students in Europe, in the New World, Asia, Australasia, and elsewhere.

    Full details

  • Saturday 15th October 2011
    Easton College, Norwich, Norfolk
    Event:

    Wild about Norfolk

    Contact:

    Details on OPAL website www.opalexplorenature.org/node/939

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    Additional Info:

    10am to 4pm.  Come and visit us on the BDS stand at this Wildlife Conservation Fair. The 2010 event had over 2,000 visitors and 50 exhibitors, including information stands, environmental games and lots of activities for old and young alike.  Admission free

  • Saturday 22nd October 2011
    Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
    Event:

    British Dragonfly Society Members Day - 28th annual meeting of the BDS

    Contact:

    Dorothy Gennard

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:

    Please bring a packed lunch.  Tea and coffee will be available during the meeting.

    Additional Info:

    10.00am – 5.00pm.  If you wish to display a poster please contact the Conservation Officer, Claire Install.
    For any other queries please contact Dorothy Gennard.  The final programme will be on the website shortly before the event.

  • Sunday 22nd April 2012
    Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Warwickshire
    Event:

    Larvae identification workshop

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email:  peter@reeve60.org.uk. Contact number on the day only:  0790 064079

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.15 for 10.30am for the start in the Barn at the Nature Centre. (SP 386761). For map see: http://warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk/wdg/meetings.php

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear, lunch or eat at the Nature Centre café.  Pre-booking for the day is essential. Place confirmed on receipt of payment.

    Additional Info:

    Indoor and outdoor sessions to be held at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Nature Centre. There is a charge of £15.00 per person payable to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to cover costs and to contribute to equipment for recording. Refreshments but not lunch included.  Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Saturday 28th April 2012
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire
    Event:

    Recording Dragonflies workshop

    Contact:

    Sue McLamb 01584876163 or email mclamb1@btinternet.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Course will start at 10.30am at Preston Montford Field Centre (SJ433143) and finish at 3.30pm. Please report to reception on arrival. For further directions see
    http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/prestonmontford/location.aspx

    Requirements:

    Booking essential.  Wellies/walking boots in case we venture out! Total walking if applicable will be no more than 1km. Identification guides if owned.

    Additional Info:

    All beginners and enthusiasts are welcomed to this course which will introduce dragonflies and the skills needed for identification. Indoor sessions will be followed by a free lunch courtesy of Invertebrate Challenge before the afternoon focus moves to essential recording know how and the BDS National Atlas project. Weather permitting the course will culminate with some hands on identification either via a short field walk or a fun quiz so participants feel confident they can really go out and record dragonflies.

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