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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The background colour of the date is used to show different types of meeting:

  • 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.
  • Yellow is for relevant non-BDS events, listed using information as it was provided to us. All details are solely under the control of the individual event organisers and may not get updated again here. We suggest you contact these organisers or follow the given links to confirm details.

For those leading events, the current BDS Risk Assessment and Walk Guidelines can be downloaded here. Walk leaders are advised to adapt the Risk Assessment if necessary. Only those events sent to us in advance and displayed on our website are covered by BDS insurance. It's therefore worth checking that your event is displayed before it takes place. An event can be advertised as only for local group members or limited to bookings only. Many thanks for your cooperation. 

  • 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.

  • Saturday 17th June 2017
    Woodwalton Fen, Cambridgeshire
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Woodwalton Fen

    We hope to see as many dragonflies as possible on this fantastic site.

    Contact:

    Mick and Sue Parfitt:  Tel: 01733 266087 or Mobile: 07745241061

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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

    Requirements:

    Bring packed lunch, binoculars, insect repellent and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No toilet facilities on site.

    Additional Info:

    Everybody welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Saturday 17th June 2017
    Yardley Chase, Northamptonshire
    Event:

    The Downy Emeralds of Yardley Chase

    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.

    Contact:

    Mark Tyrrell (BDS Northamptonshire Dragonfly Recorder): 01933 389748

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Booking is essential and full joining instructions will be sent 1 week before the trip.

    Requirements:

    Please bring packed lunch. There are no toilet facilities. Wear stout boots but the walking is flat and easy.

    Additional Info:

    This trip is limited to 12, so book early as it always fills up quickly.

  • Saturday June 17th 2017
    Low Barns, Durham
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Low Barnes Nature Reserve

    We will be looking for spring dragonflies at this lovely reserve.

    Contact:

    Ian Waller (BDS Durham Dragonfly Recorder) on the email address given below

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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.

    Requirements:

    Close focus binoculars or a camera are useful but not essential.

    Additional Info:

    Please contact Ian Waller to let him know you are coming.

  • Saturday, 17th June, 2017
    Lochan Dubh (Cemetery Loch), Oban, Argyll.
    Event:

    Lochan Dudh survey

    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.

     

     
    Contact:

    Pat Batty, Scottish Recorder: 01546605316

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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.

    Requirements:

    Bring boots/wellies, packed lunch, a colander/net, plastic spoon, hand lens.

    Additional Info:

    Pre-booking essential on e-mail address above. All welcome.

     

  • Saturday 24th June 2017
    Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Centre, Dunkeld
    Event:

    Dragonfly & Damselfly ID Workshop

    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.

    Contact:

    This event is run in conjunction with the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Contact on the email below.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    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).

    Requirements:

    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.

    Additional Info:

    Booking is essential.

  • Saturday 24th June 2017
    Froyle, Hampshire
    Event:

    Dragonflies of the River Wey

    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. 

    Contact:

    Bill Wain. Contact information for this event can be found here.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:30 at Mill Farm, Isington Rd, Froyle, GU34 4PN at SU 7744 4258 and on Google Maps,

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

     10:10 at Bentley Station. Lifts may be possible contact the leader in advance

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch or buy from the café.

    Additional Info:

    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.

  • Sunday 2nd July 2017
    The Learning Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgshire
    Event:

    Adult Dragonflies and their Habitats for Beginners

    A course with Stuart Irons.

     

    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.

    Contact:

    Henry Curry: 01733 204286 or via the email contact 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: telephone 01733 204286. 

    Additional Info:

    Course runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

    Small parking charge for non-NT members

  • Saturday 8th July 2017
    Norfolk Wildlife Trust Upton Fen, Norfolk
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Upton Fen

     

    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.

    Contact:

    Dr Pam Taylor (BDS Norfolk Dragonfly Recorder): 01692 670311

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    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

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Local public transport services are limited. The nearest train station is Acle (3.5 miles). Konnect Bus 51 serves Pilson Green from Norwich.

     

    Requirements:

    Wear wellies or boots and bring insect repellent. Bring a packed lunch if staying on site (unguided) for the afternoon.

    Additional Info:

    Booking essential – preferably by email. Numbers strictly limited.

  • Saturday 8th July 2017
    The New Forest, Hampshire
    Event:

    Rarities of Latchmore

    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).

    Contact:

    Peter Allen: 01725 519269

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.30 at Ogdens Car Park MR: SU 182 124, Latchmore. Access to car park involves crossing a potentially very muddy farm yard.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Access by public transport is hard. Contact the event leader.

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch

    Additional Info:

    This meeting involves a level walk of around two miles which involves crossing a shallow stream. No netting is allowed.

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