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. 

  • Friday 14th - Sunday 16th July, 2017
    Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire
    Event:

    Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies

    This course is aimed at all those with a desire to learn more about these stunning insects. You will be introduced close up to a good number of our Shropshire species of dragonfly and damselfly so that you leave confident in your own abilities to identify them and make species records. Classroom sessions on identification, life history, larvae and exuviae will be combined with a number of field visits to a range of aquatic habitats. This will allow you to put your skills into practice and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing.

    Tutor: Sue Rees Evans (formerly McLamb) is the County recorder for Dragonflies in Shropshire and Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network.

    Contact:

    Preston Montford Field Centre Tel: 01743 852040

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Location: Preston Montford Field Centre (SJ433143). For further directions see: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/prestonmontford.aspx

    The course will start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday late afternoon.

    Requirements:

    Cost: £275 (residential) 

    Additional Info:

    NB: 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 and 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).

  • Sunday 16th to Thursday 20th July 2017
    Cambridge
    Event:

    The International Congress of Odonatology 2017 

    (ICO2017)

     

    For the first time, the World Dragonfly Association meeting will be held in the UK, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet up with dragonfly enthusiasts from around the world. The congress will include three special sessions associated with it's location in Cambridge this year: 

    Dragonfly vision
    Dragonfly flight, celebrating the contributions of Charlie Ellington
    Ten years since Philip, looking at advances in fields Philip Corbet contributed to.

    Contact:

    Visit the website at: www.ico2017.org

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Gillespie Centre, Clare College Cambridge. For travel information, click here

    Requirements:

    Registration is required. Registration will open on 1 January 2017. Ordinary registration will close 31 March 2017. For more details, visit the website.

    Additional Info:

    For more information and to register, visit the website: www.ico2017.org

  • Saturday 22nd July 2017
    The Learning Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgshire
    Event:

    Introducing the Dragonfly

    A course with Henry Curry.

     

    Specifically designed for beginners, this course includes all aspects of dragonfly identification, biology and ecology, including colour photo presentations, a Microscope-TV link and a field tour of dragonfly habitats on site.

    Contact:

    Telephone 01733 204286 or send an e-mail using the e-mail contact form.

    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 22nd July 2017
    Chobham Common, Surrey
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Chobham Common

    Joint meeting between the Hampshire and Surrey Borders Group and local Butterfly Conservation group.

    For Grayling and assorted Dragonflies.

    Contact:

    Francis Kelly: 07952 285661

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10:30 at the Staple Hill car park SU 973 648, south of the M3, 1.3km NE of B383 Windsor Rd. KT16 0ED.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

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

    Requirements:

    Lunch; wellies optional.

    Additional Info:

    No facilities nearby.

  • Sunday 23rd July 2017
    Wicken Fen, Cambridgshire
    Event:

    Dragonfly Day

    A FREE event with walks, talks and activities for all ages

    Free activities will include:

    • Dragonfly 'Taster' guided Walks
    • Larva-feeding Demonstrations (from 10.30am to 3pm)
    • Pond-Dipping
    • Making Pipe-cleaner dragonflies
    • Origami dragonflies
    • Self-guided dragonfly explorer trail
    • Additional activities for the young and young-at-heart

     

    Contact:

     No booking needed.

    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:

    Normal NT admission charges to the Fen apply. Small parking charge for non-NT members.

    Additional Info:

    The day runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

  • Sunday 23rd July 2017
    Exeter Canal, Countess Wear, Exeter
    Event:

    In Search of Red-eyed & Small Red-eyed Damselflies

    Join us for this joint meeting with the Royal Society of Biology to look for Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies.

    Contact:

     Dave Smallshire (BDS Devon Dragonfly Recorder): 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.00 a.m. in the rowing club car park at SX941894 (EX2 7BB) (turn left off the A379 westbound, immediately before the swing bridge), finishing around 12.30 with optional lunch at the Double Locks.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    Buses from locations including Exeter city centre stop at or near Countess Wear roundabout. A cycle route follows the canal from Exeter Quay.

    Requirements:

    Binoculars desirable

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday, 29th July 2017
    Pitmaduthy Moss, Easter Ross
    Event:

    White-faced Darters of Pitmaduthy Moss, Easter Ross

    We aim to re-discover the whereabouts of the elusive White-faced Darters in this area and to explore a seldom visited bog area.

    Contact:

    Jonathan Willet, Scottish Group Area Co-ordinator: 07740 216595

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at 0930 at the car park at the Tomich Restaurant NH699709, which is just off the A9 to the north of Invergordon. We will car share from there to the site, which is ten minutes drive away.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

    There is a train station in Invergordon and a pick up from there can be organised.

    Requirements:

    The day will be spent on rough boggy ground with no paths, so boots/ wellies, waterproofs, midge net/ repellent and packed lunch required. Colanders and plastic tubs for catching and viewing larvae would be handy. There are no toilets on site. At the end of the day we will head back to The Tomich Restaurant and have a cup of tea there.

    Additional Info:

    Please book your place with Jonathan using the above phone number.

  • Saturday 29th July, 2017
    Bishops Wood FSC Field Centre, Worcestershire
    Event:

    Identifying Dragonflies

    Dragonfly enthusiasts of all levels of ability are welcome to come along and learn more about these stunning insects. The day will start with a classroom session introducing this group of insects and focusing on their identification. We then head outside to the pools at the centre and hopefully introduce you close up to a good number of local species.

    Tutor: Sue Rees Evans (formerly McLamb) is the County recorder for Dragonflies in Shropshire and Odonata Tsar for the Shropshire Ecological Data Network.

    Contact:

    For further details and booking please contact Bishops Wood Field Centre Tel: 01299 250513 

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Bishops Wood Field Centre. For further directions see: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/bishopswood.aspx

    Requirements:

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

    Additional Info:

    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).

  • Sunday 30th July 2017
    Basingstoke Canal, Surrey
    Event:

    Local meeting only

    Contact:

    Leader: David Murdoch

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:
  • Thursday, 3rd of August, 2017.
    Caerlaverock Dragonfly Hotspot, near Dumfries.
    Event:

    Dragons & Damsels at Caerlaverock

    Discover the dragonflies and damselflies present on the reserve and learn the differences between them. This is a family event.

     

    Contact:

    Faith Hillier, WWT Engagement Officer

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10am -12pm. Normal admission charges apply, WWT members free.

     
    Requirements:

    Waterproofs, warm clothes & wellies.

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