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 17th June 2012
    Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve, Suffolk
    Event:

    Dragonfly workshop and walk

    Contact:

    RSPB - Tel: 01842 863400 or Email: lakenheath@rspb.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.00am at Lakenheath Fen Visitors Centre (TL722864), finishing at approx 3.00pm

    Requirements:

    Booking essential. 

    Additional Info:

    Workshop and walk to identify a broad range of dragonfly species. An introductory talk about dragonfly species, their behaviour and habitats will be followed by a guided walk around part of the reserve.

  • Sunday 17th June 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly larva identification for beginners

    Contact:

    For more information or to book please ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP, UK.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    The aim of the course is for participants to identify dragonfly larvae to genus and understand the basic steps of keying out to species. The will consist of the Microscope-TV link, one-to-one guidance, self-study periods and, dependent on the weather, a hunt for larvae/exuviae. PLEASE NOTE You must book for the courses we offer as the number of places is necessarily limited - so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.  Course led by Henry Curry and Henry Stanier
    Price: the cost of each course is £30.00
    Course times: 10am - 5pm
    Lunch: There is an excellent café adjacent to our special classroom, but feel free to bring your own packed lunch and drinks

  • Sunday 17th June 2012
    Canford Magna, Dorset
    Event:

    Dragonfly Walk, an introduction to dragonflies and damselflies

    Contact:

    Tel: 01202 694113

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The style by the Wimborne bypass bridge Grid Ref: SU0419 0002  10.30am   

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    A walk from Canford Bottom to Canford School along the river Stour. We hope to be able to find classic Dorset riverine species such as Banded Demoiselle, White-legged Damselfly,Red-eyed Damselfly and Scarce Chaser.

    Walk led by Adrian Bicker

  • Sunday 17th June 2012
    Countess Wear and Exminster Marshes, Devon
    Event:

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

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire Tel: 01626 853393; Email: davesmalls@btinternet.com

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    Meet:

    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) after lunch; finish by 4 p.m.

    Requirements:

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

    Additional Info:

    An introduction to the dragonflies and damselflies of the still and flowing waters in the area, with chances of seeing Red-eyed Damselfly, White-legged Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer and Scarce Chaser.

  • Sunday 17th June 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly Safari

    Contact:

    The Dragonfly Project www.dragonflyproject.org.uk or ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Booking is not required, but please give us a call if you have a group of more than 10 people..
    Our Dragonfly Safaris are all about finding out more about dragonflies.
    How to find them How to identify them Where do they live? What do they eat? What eats them? Where do they lay their eggs? How long do they live? What is a larva? What does a larva eat?
    A Safari lasts about two hours, during which we'll take you to some of the best spots around Wicken Fen to see dragonflies. We'll show you what dragonflies are there and help you to identify them. For the last half-hour, in the Wren Building, we'll give a demonstration of their underwater life with live dragonfly larvae shown through a microscope and TV screen.

  • Saturday June 23rd 2012
    Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorset
    Event:

    Dragonfly Ecology and Identification

    Contact:

    Kingcombe Centre 01300 320684

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.00am at the Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, DT2 0E

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    The Kingcombe Centre, on the river Hooke, with two of its own ponds makes it an ideal location to introduce you to these beautiful insects. A detailed look at the life cycle and ecology of dragonflies. We will be looking for adults as well as pond dipping and locating exuvia (old body cases) outdoors, complementing classroom sessions covering habitat and distribution, ecology, methods of identification and how to distinguish dragonflies from damselflies in the field. Booking details at www.kingcombe.org/courses/Details/440  Cost £45

    Course led by Andrew Brown, Dorset County Recorder

  • Sunday 24th June 2012
    Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk
    Event:

    The birds, butterflies and dragonflies of Strumpshaw Fen

    Contact:

    David & Karen Anderson - Dragonflies and Don Green - Birds. Mobile on the day 07530 673961

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    Meet:

    Meet in the car park of RSPB Strumpshaw Fen Reserve, at 10.00 am. OS map 134. Grid Ref. TG342069.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch

    Additional Info:

    Should find Norfolk Hawker and Swallowtail butterfly.  This is a joint Bedfordshire Natural History Society, Bedfordshire Bird Club & British Dragonfly Society meeting.

  • Sunday 24th June 2012
    Cinderford Linear Park, North, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
    Event:

    The dragonflies of Cinderford Linear Park

    Contact:

    Ingrid Twissell.  01452-714413. Mobile – on day only:  07811781930.

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    Meet:

    10:30am at Grid Reference:  SO645151

    Requirements:

    Please bring a packed lunch, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear in case of inclement weather.

    Additional Info:

    The Cinderford Linear Park is on the edge of the town of Cinderford. It has a series of ponds, a stream, and woodland, along its length, with fishing lakes at the northernmost end. The park was previously part of the Forest of Dean Railway network. Over 20 species of Odonata breed, including Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, which hadn’t been seen in the FOD for approximately 20 years, and which was re-discovered in recently dug ponds in early June 2011. SO61 has had 28 species recorded, out of a Gloucestershire total of 32.

  • Sunday 24th June 2012
    Thetford, Norfolk
    Event:

    Wild about the Brecks

    Contact:

    Norfolk Wildlife Trust 01603 625540

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Barnham Cross Common, off the A134 Bury Road, Thetford

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Join Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and BTO for a free family fun-packed day of guided walks, storytelling, minibeast hunting, art and craft activities, bird box making, plus much, much more.

    No need to book, just turn-up and join in and don't forget to visit the BDS stand. 

  • Mon 25th June – Sun 1st July 2012
    Nationwide
    Event:

    National Insect Week

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    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    A week of insect-related activities across the whole of the UK.

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