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. 

  • Saturday 5th Aug 2017
    Coatham Stob, Northumberland
    Event:

    Late Summer Dragonflies of Northumberland

    We aim to see some of the late summer dragonflies at Coatham Stob, between Long Newton and Urlay Nook.

    Contact:

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

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10.30am at grid reference  NZ39561538 (TS16 0QQ) in the large free car-park between Long Newton and Urlay Nook.

    Requirements:

    Bring a packed lunch. This is a large site and it will involve walking to visit several ponds.

    Additional Info:

    For additional details and to let him know you are coming contact Ian Waller .

  • Sunday 6 August 2017
    North Dartmoor, Devon
    Event:

    North Dartmoor Blanket Bog

    To record upland species such as Black Darter and Common Hawker in a remote area of blanket bog.

    Contact:

     

     Dave Smallshire (BDS Devon Dragonfly Recorder): 01626 853393

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:00 a.m. at Sandpits car park near Rowtor (SX596923). From Okehampton town centre, turn south at the traffic lights, then second right up Station Road that becomes Tors Road; continue for nearly 2 miles until the open moor is reached; go past the Army Camp, over a cattle grid to the top of the hill; the car park is on the right where the road flattens out.

    Requirements:

    Pre-booking is necessary through Dave Smallshire and numbers are strictly limited, as transport is arranged to gain access to the blanket bog. Wellies or other waterproof footwear will be essential.

    Additional Info:

    Bring food, drink and suitable outdoor clothing. Subject to weather.

  • Tuesday 8th August 2017
    Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre, Devon
    Event:

    Discover Exmoor's Dragonflies 

    Join local expert, active member of the BDS and co-author of  'Britain's Dragonflies', Dave Smallshire, to learn the principles of dragonfly identification and field survey techniques. The day will consist of an indoor session in the morning, followed by outdoor fieldwork in the afternoon.

    Contact:

    Exmoor National Park Authority: 01398 323665 or visit the website.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Pinkery Outdoor Education Centre (SS723411) 
    Simonsbath TA24 7LL
    United Kingdom  

    Requirements:

    Booking essential via the Exmoor National Park Authority

    Additional Info:

    Please bring lunch, drink, waterproof boots and outdoor clothing.

  • Saturday 12th August 2017
    Abbey Green Park, Polesworth and Alvecote Pooley Fields, Warwickshire.
    Event:

    In Search of Dragonflies!

    The Abbey Green Park is beside the River Anker. During the winter 2013/2014 a significant amount of work improving the water bodies on the site was undertaken by the council, in consultation with the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. At a field meeting in 2015 nine species were recorded. The aim of this meeting is to see what is here in late summer and, hopefully, to extend the site species list.

    There is an additional exciting possibility. The River Anker here is ideal habitat for Willow Emerald Damselfly. Might we find the first individual of the species at the meeting? The nearest record for the species is only about 25 miles to the east.

     

    Depending on available time, a visit may be made to nearby Alvecote Pools.

    Contact:

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

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet for 10.30am start at the Abbey Green car park. Grid ref. SK262021; post code B78 1HB.

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

    Requirements:

    Bring lunch and strong footwear.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 13th August 2017
    Thursley & Elstead Commons, Surrey
    Event:

    Dragonflies of Thursley & Elstead Commons

    We will be taking a walk on these fantastic dragonfly sites in search of late summer dragonflies. Target species: Black Darter and Brown Hawker.

    Contact:

    David Hepper: 07768 452365

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10:30 at The Moat car park, SU 8995 4162. Limited parking; please team up if possible.

     

    Getting There by Public Transport

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

    Requirements:

    Walking boots recommended. No facilities nearby; bring lunch.

    Additional Info:

    We'll be keeping to the tracks and board walks on this NNR but there is some rough and wet ground.

  • 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.

    Additional Info:

    Booking essential.

    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.

  • Saturday19th August, 2017
    Kincardine Community Centre & Devilla Forest, Fife
    Event:

    Dragonfly & Damselfly ID Workshop

    Would you like to find out how to identify species of Dragonfly and Damselfly found in Central Scotland? 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:

    the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative http://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    At 10am at Kincardine Community Centre, Anderson Lane, Kincardine, FK10 4SF.

     

    Getting There on Public Transport

    The Glasgow to Leven X27 Stagecoach stops at the High St in Kincardine, two minutes’ walk from Kincardine Community Centre

    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 essential

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