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We will be looking for spring dragonflies at this lovely reserve.
Ian Waller (BDS Durham Dragonfly Recorder) on the email address given below
at 10.30am at grid reference NZ16093146 (DL140AG) in the large car-park. For additional details contact Ian Waller.
Getting There by Public Transport
For more information, visit the Low Barns Nature Reserve website.
Close focus binoculars or a camera are useful but not essential.
Please contact Ian Waller to let him know you are coming.
The aim of the day is to update records for a priority site and give training in identification of adults and larvae - Hairy dragonfly, Downy Emerald and Variable Damselfly should all be present. Possible visit of Moss of Achnacree White-faced darter site in the afternoon.
Pat Batty, Scottish Recorder: 01546605316
Cemetery car park NM865315, just N of Oban (E side of A816) at 10.30am, finishing about 4pm.
Getting There by Public Transport
The meeting place is 1Km from Oban and 2km from Oban train station (005 or 405 West Coast Motors Bus from Oban to Dunbeg). Lift could be arranged.
Bring boots/wellies, packed lunch, a colander/net, plastic spoon, hand lens.
Pre-booking essential on e-mail address above. All welcome.
We hope to see as many dragonflies as possible on this fantastic site.
Mick and Sue Parfitt: Tel: 01733 266087 or Mobile: 07745241061
At Jacksons Bridge at 11.00am OS Map 142 Grid ref TL235848 (Parking along Great Raveley Drain). By Car: Woodwalton Fen can be reached by car on minor roads from the B1040, B1099 or A 141. Parking is alongside the Great Raveley Drain close to the entrance of the reserve. Turn right before the entrance bridge and park along the edge of the bank. Parking is not suitable for coaches.
Getting There by Pulic Transport
By Train: There are mainline train stations at Peterborough and Huntingdon.
By Bus: There are bus services from Peterborough to Ramsey Heights. Visit Peterborough City Council website for further details: www.peterborough.gov.uk
Bring packed lunch, binoculars, insect repellent and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No toilet facilities on site.
Everybody welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
To watch the Downy Emerald in its only breeding site in Northants, in this private estate. We should also see plenty of other species including Hairy Dragonfly.
Mark Tyrrell (BDS Northamptonshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01933 389748
Booking is essential and full joining instructions will be sent 1 week before the trip.
Please bring packed lunch. There are no toilet facilities. Wear stout boots but the walking is flat and easy.
This trip is limited to 12, so book early as it always fills up quickly.
with an emphasis on Northern Damselfly
Would you like to find out how to identify species of Dragonfly and Damselfly found in Perthshire? If so, this workshop is for you! No prior experience or skill is necessary as the morning will be spent indoors learning the basics about ID and recording. We will then go to an outdoor location to have the chance to put your skills into practice.
This event is run in conjunction with the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Contact on the email below.
At 10am at Loch of the Lowes Centre. Free to SWT members but there is a charge for entrance to the centre for non-members.
Stagecoach Service no 23 stops in Dunkeld which is 2 miles walk from the centre. The nearest train station is Dunkeld & Birnam which is 2.5 miles walk from the centre (Loch of the Lowes).
Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook, plus any ID guides that you have. Please ensure that you wear sturdy shoes or boots for the afternoon session which is wholly out of doors whatever the weather. Please bring/wear suitable clothes for the changeable weather such as waterproof coat, sun hat, insect repellent and sun cream.
Booking is essential.
with the Hants & Surrey Borders Group
We will be taking a look at the dragonflies found here with the hope for views of the Scarce Chaser.
Bill Wain. Contact information for this event can be found here.
10:30 at Mill Farm, Isington Rd, Froyle, GU34 4PN at SU 7744 4258 and on Google Maps,
10:10 at Bentley Station. Lifts may be possible contact the leader in advance
Bring lunch or buy from the café.
Tony Mundell is also leading a bioblitz for plants there 25th-28th July. We visited Isnage Farm, to the North of the Wey, in 2009.
The aim of this course is for participants to be able to identify common species of adult dragonflies and guidance regarding the waterplants in their habitats. There will be sessions using colour photo presentations, Microscope-TV link, one-to-one guidance and a field tour of adult dragonfly and water plant habitats.
Henry Curry: 01733 204286 or via the email contact below
The Learning Centre at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Visit the Wicken Fen website for more information.
Course costs £35 (includes Fen admission). Please bring your own lunch or visit the café on site. Advance Booking essential: telephone 01733 204286.
Course runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Small parking charge for non-NT members
with the Hants & Surrey Borders Group
We will be going in search of the rare Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale), Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) and Scarce Blue-tail Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio).
Peter Allen: 01725 519269
10.30 at Ogdens Car Park MR: SU 182 124, Latchmore. Access to car park involves crossing a potentially very muddy farm yard.
Access by public transport is hard. Contact the event leader.
This meeting involves a level walk of around two miles which involves crossing a shallow stream. No netting is allowed.
Joint meeting with Norfolk Wildlife Trust Broadland Group
Join us for a morning walk to look for a broad range of dragonfly species, including Norfolk Hawker and Variable Damselfly.
Dr Pam Taylor (BDS Norfolk Dragonfly Recorder): 01692 670311
At 10.00am at Upton Fen car park, TG379136. Postcode NR13 6EQ (Low Road). From Acle, Norwich or Wroxham head towards South Walsham, then follow signs for Pilson Green
Local public transport services are limited. The nearest train station is Acle (3.5 miles). Konnect Bus 51 serves Pilson Green from Norwich.
Wear wellies or boots and bring insect repellent. Bring a packed lunch if staying on site (unguided) for the afternoon.
Booking essential – preferably by email. Numbers strictly limited.
Event organised by the Friends of Fobney
Come and explore this wetland reserve on the edge of Reading. Created in 2011, it has attracted around 16 species of butterflies and 15 species of dragonflies and damselflies, including Small Red-eyed Damselfly and Beautiful Demoiselle. The walk will take around 2-3 hours, depending on what we see. If you wish to stay on after the walk, you can explore the R. Kennet and Kennet and Avon canal which adjoin the site.
Mike Turton (BDS Berkshire County Recorder): 07815 644385
11am at the small car park off Island Road (opposite the Reading recycling centre) SU705709. Please note that parking is very limited.
Getting there by public transport: Reading Buses 6 from central Reading to Manor Farm Road, then walk through the Kennet Island development, across the A33 and along Island Road (approx 20 mins walk). Alternatively take the Greenwave bus from Reading to Kennet island, then walk across the A33 and along Island Road.
Stout footwear and appropriate clothing – hopefully it will be sunny! Close-focus binoculars will also be useful. There will not be a formal lunch stop, but the walk will run over lunchtime, so please bring something to eat if you think you will need it.
Free. Booking not essential but it would be useful to have some idea of numbers. Event organised by the Friends of Fobney. For more information on the site, please look at the conservation section of the Berkshire Ornithological Club website http://berksoc.org.uk/conservation/fobney-island/