Upcoming Events

This is the diary of special events, courses, field trips and holidays. Further diary entries will be added as they become known so be sure to check back for additional events.

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  • Green is used for BDS and BDS Local Group field meetings and events.
  • Blue events have a BDS stand or speaker but the BDS is not responsible for the event itself - please follow any given links for details.
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  • Saturday 8th April, 2017
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly Larvae Workshop

    with BDS Shropshire Dragonfly Recorder, Sue Rees Evans.

    Aimed at beginners this course will commence with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the part they play in the dragonfly lifecycle. Indoor practical sessions will then focus on the identification of exuviae. After lunch the afternoon will be spent out and about at the field centre dipping in ponds and practising some hands on identification.

    Contact:

    For further details and booking please contact Preston Montford Field Centre Tel: 01743 852040 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Please report to reception at Preston Montford Field Centre (SJ433143). The workshop will start at 10.00am and finish at 4pm.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    For further directions visit the Preston Montford website.

    Requirements:

    Packed lunch .Wellies/walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out! Total walking will be no more than 1km. Larval identification guides and hand lens if owned.

    Additional Info:

    Course Cost: £40

    NB: For those who wish, the ‘Field Guide to the larvae and exuviae of British Dragonflies’ by Steve Cham will be available for purchase at £10 (correct cash/cheque only).

  • Saturday 13th May 2017
    Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Warwickshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly Adult Identification and Recording Workshop

    Indoor and outdoor identification sessions will be held at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Nature Centre. How to record dragonfly presence and behaviour in the field and the recording protocol to use , as recommended by the British Dragonfly Society, will be discussed. There is no charge but it is hoped participants will join the county team of dragonfly recorders.

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (BDS Warwickshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01926 632400 (Contact number on the day only: 07980064079)

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet for a 10.30am start in the Barn at the Nature Centre, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 3GW Grid ref. SP385758.

    For map see the meetings page on: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    For more information, visit the Brandon Marsh website

    Requirements:

    Bring strong footwear and lunch or eat at the Nature Centre café.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 27th May 2017
    Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Charlecote Park

     

    Charlecote Park is a National Trust property and the estate includes at least one pool and the rivers Dene and Avon run through it (see the National Trust website). Some recording of dragonflies has been done in the Park. Of particular interest is the Scarce Chaser that was first recorded on the Avon in the Park in 2015. The species has a two year life-cycle and a target of the meeting will be to search for emerging individuals/exuvia to prove breeding at this point on the Avon.

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (BDS Warwickshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01926 632400 (Contact number on the day only: 07980064079)

     

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet for an 10.30am start at the National Trust car park. Grid ref. SP263564; post code CV35 9ER.

    For map see the meetings page on: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Further information can be found on the National Trust website.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch and strong footwear.

    Additional Info:

    Note: There may be a parking charge for non-members of the National Trust.

  • Sunday 28th May, 2017
    Stover Country Park and Little Bradley Ponds, Devon
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Stover Country Park & Little Bradley Ponds

    We will be looking at spring dragonflies at two of their prime sites in Devon. The focus will be on local specialities: Hairy Dragonfly and Downy Emerald.

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire (BDS Devon Dragonfly Recorder): 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:00 a.m. at the visitor centre (SX833751 or TQ12 6PW0); entrance off A382 to Newton Abbot, 300m from A38, 10 miles from M5.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Public transport: buses from locations including Newton Abbot and Exeter stop at Trago Mills or Drum Bridges roundabouts. A cycle route links Stover with Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot. More information can be found on the Stover Country Park website.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch. Close-focus binoculars and wellies will be useful.

    Additional Info:

    A pay and display car park is in operation, for more infomation visit the Stover Country Park website.

     Advance booking for this event is not necessary.

    The event will be finishing by 4:00 p.m

  • Saturday 10 June 2017
    Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Falkirk
    Event:

    Bioblitz at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre

    Join us for a bio-blitz event at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre to record as much of their urban wildlife as possible. We will be looking for both adult dragonflies and larvae.

    Contact:

    Scottish Wildlife Trust on the email below

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Wood Street, Grangemouth, Falkirk, FK3 8LH.

    There will be two sessions, from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    The nearest train station is Falkirk Grahamston which is 2.5 miles away. From there take the number 3, 4, 4a or 4b bus, (run by First South East and Central Scotland) for 10 stops, getting off at Newlands Garage and walking 0.4 miles down Wood Street. Follow the brown tourist signs to Jupiter.

     

    Requirements:

    Bring waterproofs. All kit will be provided.

    Additional Info:

    All welcome – free to Scottish Wildlife Trust members but there is a charge for entrance to the centre for non-members. No need to book.

  • Saturday 10th June 2017
    Paxton Pits, Cambridgeshire
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Paxton Pits

    Paxton Pits is a reserve of special interest to dragonfly enthusiasts. It is the most westerly known breeding site for the Green-eyed Hawker Anaciaeshna isosceles (AKA Norfolk Hawker). The Warwickshire Group organised a meeting to see the Norfolk Hawker in 2015 but were unlucky because of the atrocious weather. This is another opportunity for those of us who rarely see it to get more familiar with the species.

     

    Paxton Pits has a rich and interesting dragonfly fauna including Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum and Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva. In addition to dragonflies there is much else of natural history to see - and hear. With luck, there will be singing Nightingales.

    Contact:

     

    Peter Reeve (BDS Warwickshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01926 632400 (Contact number on the day only: 07980064079)

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

     Meet at the visitors' centre for an 11.00am start. Grid ref. TL196629; post code PE19 6ET.

    For map see the meetings page on: www.warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Visit the Paxton Pits Nature Reserve website for more information. 

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch and strong footwear.

     

    Additional Info:

    Note: There may be a parking charge.

  • Sunday 11th June, 2017
    Seaton Wetlands and Axe Valley, Devon
    Event:

    Dragonflies of the River Axe and Beyond

    A joint meeting with the Devonshire Association Entomology Section to look at species of ponds and the River Axe. Targets: White-legged Damselfly and Scarce Chaser.

    Contact:

     Dave Smallshire (BDS Devon Dragonfly Recorder): 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.00 a.m. at Seaton Wetlands car park, which is via the cemetery entrance off Colyford Road between Colyford and Seaton (nearest postcode EX12 2SP, grid reference SY248914).

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Public transport: buses to Seaton from Exeter and Honiton. Click here for more information.

    Requirements:

    Binoculars will be helpful. Bring lunch if you wish to stay for the afternoon, when, weather permitting, we will look at the River Axe and Lower Bruckland Ponds, finishing at about 4.00 pm.

    Additional Info:

    Booking not necessary.

  • Sunday, 11th June 2017
    Timble Ings, North Yorkshire
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Timble Ings

    We aim to see how the extensive range of dragonfly ponds are maturing and to introduce new visitors to the various areas of this extensive site.

    Contact:

    Tom Hubball (BDS mid-west Yorkshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01535 678334

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.30am at Swinsty Reservoir Car Park (Grid Ref: SE186537 - SatNav: LS21 2NP ) off A59 Harrogate-Skipton road. We will car share to Timble Ings as parking there is limited.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

    Additional Info:

    Details of other Yorkshire Dragonfly Group field trips can be found on the Diary pages of the YDG websites (http://www.yorkshiredragonflies.org.uk)

  • Sunday 11th June 2017
    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen, Cambridgshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly Larva Identification for Beginners

    A course with Henry Curry

    The aim of the course is for beginners, or people needing to refresh their basic skills, to be able to identify dragonfly larvae to genus and understand the basic steps of keying out to species. The course will consist of presentations, classroom-based microscope work with the exuviae collection,  one-to-one guidance, self-study periods, and field work (pond dipping and a hunt for larvae & exuviae).

     

    Contact:

    Henry Curry (01733 204286) or using the email link below.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Visit the Wicken Fen website for more information.

    Requirements:

    Course costs £35 (includes Fen admission). Please bring your own lunch or visit the café on site. Advance Booking essential as places are limited: telephone 01733 204286.

    Additional Info:

    Course runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm

    Small parking charge for non-NT members.

  • Tuesday 13th June and Tuesday 15th August, 2017
    National Trust Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire
    Event:

    Discovering Dragonflies

    This year Shropshire County Recorder Sue Rees Evans is running 2 dragonfly identification workshops at Carding Mill Valley. Aimed at beginners participants will learn to identify a range of species throughout both sessions. Classroom inputs during the morning will focus on identification of dragonflies (session one) and damselflies (session two). Following a brief lunch the afternoons will be spent outside at 2 different locations on the Long Mynd putting identification skills to the test. 

    Contact:
    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Please report to the National Trust’s chalet pavilion at Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6JG. The workshop will start at 10am and finish at 2pm. For further directions see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-the-long-mynd

    Requirements:

    Packed lunch essential. Wellies/walking boots and waterproofs as we will be venturing out! Total walking will be no more than 1km. Identification guides and hand lens if owned.

    Booking essential.

    Additional Info:

    Cost: £10 per session. For those who wish, the latest  ‘Field Guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland’  by D. Smallshire & A. Swash will be available for purchase at £17.95 (correct cash/cheque only).

    NB: Weather permitting both afternoons will be spent at pools on top of the Long Mynd so some participants will need to drive and car sharing will be very much appreciated.

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